Chris Boswell doesn’t do panic.
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Chris Boswell doesn’t do panic.
So rather than blow up his offseason routine following a nightmarish 2018 in which the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker struggled to find the form that made him a Pro Bowler in 2017 — a mini meltdown that contributed to his team’s failure to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years — Boswell decided to just hang out back home in Texas and get to work.No kicking camps. No soul searching. No guru shopping. Outside of a trip to Paris that gave him a chance to propose to his now-fiance http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.co...-authentic , the 28-year-old kept it simple. Just like always.“I just kind of went home and decompressed a little bit,” Boswell said Tuesday. “Just kind of let everything sit in and I just kind of went from there. I didn’t really do anything special.”There really wasn’t any need. Boswell knows the Steelers didn’t hand him a five-year deal worth nearly $20 million last summer so he could make just 13 of 20 field goals and miss a league-worst five extra points. That contract — awarded after Boswell nailed a handful of game-winners for a club that finished 13-3 in 2017 — was a lucrative display of confidence in him.It also made it difficult for the Steelers to bail on Boswell — who signed with the team in 2015 after winning a tryout in the rain at Heinz Field — even as weeks went by last fall and the accuracy that defined his first three seasons in Pittsburgh abandoned him. He finished 2018 on injured reserve after tweaking his groin, then watched fill-in Matt McCrane earn the game ball after kicking three field goals in the regular-season finale against Cincinnati.That moment didn’t last for Boswell or McCrane. The Steelers did not re-sign McCrane during the offseason, bringing in rookie free agent Matthew Wright to serve as Boswell’s primary competition during organized team activities and minicamp. The Steelers are clearly banking on a bounce-back year from the player who became an integral part of the “Killer B’s” in 2017, when he made 35 of 38 field goals and developed a reputation for his resolve under pressure.Boswell has no plans to turn the next three months into an extended duel with Wright.“No matter who’s out here, it’s me versus me, it’s not me versus anybody,” Boswell said. “As long as I can conquer that Zach Gentry Jersey , I should be pretty good.”That didn’t happen often enough last fall. The issues started early. Boswell missed a 42-yarder in overtime in the wind and rain in Week 1 in Cleveland, a game that ended in a tie. It was a sign of things to come. Boswell missed at least one kick — be it a field goal or an extra point — in nine games in 2018. He had 11 such games in his first three seasons in the NFL combined.The nadir came in a road loss to Oakland on Dec. 9. Footing on the always treacherous O.co Coliseum is always iffy. The Steelers used a hook-and-lateral play to get into field goal position in the final seconds. When Boswell planted his left foot for the 40-yard kick, he slipped. The ball smacked into the wall of linemen in front of him and he landed on his rear, a wildly uneven season boiled down to a wildly memorable play.The problem was equal parts mechanical and mental, though Boswell is reluctant to dive into details. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter.“I’m going to stick to what I did going into my fourth year here,” he said. “It didn’t work last year. But I’m not just going to scratch everything. I’m here to do a job, and I’m going to focus on that job.”One that could be even more important for Pittsburgh in 2019. With former Killer B’s Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell now working elsewhere L.J. Collier Jersey , the Steelers have a smaller margin of error, potentially amplifying the importance of every kick.“Personally, I didn’t make them last year. But I made them every other year. So I mean if it comes down to it, I’m there,” ”Boswell said. “I’m here to make kicks and whatever it is, first quarter, fourth quarter, overtime. That’s what I’m here for.” TAMPA http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.co...-authentic , Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t make much of splash on the opening day of NFL free agency.The team needs helps in a number of areas — especially on defense — but doesn’t have much space under the salary cap to pursue solutions.A trade sending receiver DeSean Jackson back to the Philadelphia Eagles was finalized, linebacker Deone Bucannon and receiver Breshad Perriman agreed to join the Bucs on one-year deals, and punter Bradley Pinion is set to sign a four-year contract.Those were the highlights Wednesday, when the club also released defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, re-signed linebacker Kevin Minter and agreed to terms on a one-year deal with last year’s leading rusher, restricted free agent Peyton Barber.Jackson, unhappy with his role in Tampa Bay’s offense over the past two seasons, was due to make $10 million next season. The Bucs sent him and a 2020 seventh-round draft pick to the Eagles in exchange for a sixth-rounder this year.Releasing Unrein D.K. Metcalf Jersey , who spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion during training camp, saved another $3.75 million.The Bucs said the eighth-year pro failed a physical. He was one of three defensive linemen Tampa Bay signed in free agency last March.Bucannon spent the first five years of his career with Arizona. The decision to join the Bucs reunites him with former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and one-time Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.Perriman, meanwhile, had 16 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns for Cleveland last season. He agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with Tampa Bay after the Browns made a deal to acquire Odell Beckham Jr.Pinion agreed to terms after veteran Bryan Anger was released on Tuesday. He due to earn $3 million next season.Bringing the former 49ers punter in as a replacement essentially fills two needs because Pinion was also a strong kickoff man in San Francisco.That will free kicker Cairo Santos, whose kickoffs were a concern last season, to focus on placements.The Bucs are coming off consecutive 5-11 finishes and haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, the second-longest drought in the NFL.They spent generously in free agency a year ago to upgrade a porous defense that still needs fixing. The unit ranked 27th in yards allowed and next to last in points allowed in 2018 http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.co...-authentic , when Tampa Bay lost six times when the offense scored between 27 and 35 points.The acquisition of Bucannon fills an opening created by the loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander, who’s signing with the 49ers. He also played safety during his career, including time a hybrid role the Cardinals called “money-backer.”Perriman had agreed to remain in Cleveland before the Browns obtained Beckham. With Tampa Bay, he’ll get an opportunity to help fill created by trading Jackson and losing Adam Humphries to the Tennessee Titans in free agency.
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