In the most pivotal weekend of the season, with the Steelers’ playoff hopes hanging in the balance, huge changes have been made. Simply put, the Steelers will be taking on the Bengals without Chris Boswell.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 28, 2018
The announcement came on Friday morning, evidencing the fact that he had been placed on the IR list. The reason for said move has yet to be disclosed, but what we do know is that Matt McCrane will be taking his place, as a result.
It’s been a turbulent season for Boswell, who has missed 7 of 20 field goals thus far. This represents his lowest FG conversion rate, resting at 65%. Furthermore, he has also missed on 5 PAT attempts. More importantly, it’s even more astounding when you compare his form with last years, considering he made 35 of 38 and was elected to the Pro Bowl.
Despite there not being an announcement detailing said injury, there’s been lots of speculation. Some argue it’s been a lingering injury hampering Boswell’s production. Others may say that he’s been out-kicked in training this week. In my opinion, it is certainly not a great look. Boswell has been regaining his confidence in recent weeks, converting 3 field goals in a row in big games. He also hasn’t missed a PAT in three games.
Conclusively, if McCrane is successful it may be the beginning of the end for Chris.
Opportunity Is Knocking
His replacement hasn’t been all that consistent either. In his short-lived career with the Oakland Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals, McCrane has attempted 9 field goals, missing 4 of them.
That said, McCrane has excelled in pressure situations at times, winning the game for the Raiders against the Browns in his debut. His career at Oakland was cut short with the signing of Daniel Carlson. Regardless, McCrane has been blessed with the opportunity to showcase his talent. And I for one, hope he flourishes.
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