PITTSBURGH — Justin Tucker is regarded as the NFL’s best kicker, but Cam Heyward wants Chris Boswell to start getting more due. With the Steelers fighting to stay ahead of the visiting Bears on Monday night, Boswell converted on field goals of 54, 52 and 40 yards during the fourth quarter. His final field goal with 26 seconds left were the deciding points in the Steelers’ 29-27 victory.
Heyward did everything but mention Tucker by name when asked about his kicker during his postgame press conference. Heyward also created a memorable line when asked about Boswell’s calmness in the clutch.
“Boz is a serial killer. He’s too calm in some situations,” Heyward said. “I love Boz’s demeanor. The moment is never too big for him. I know everybody talks about the guy in Baltimore. He’s a great kicker. Boz is a great kicker as well. We always tease him, they’re 1A and 1B. Boz is yet to prove that he’s 1B.”
The Steelers were certainly happy to have Boswell back after the seven-year veteran spent most of the past week in the league’s concussion protocol. Boswell missed the entire second half of Pittsburgh’s Week 8 win over the Browns when he was tackled hard after a botched fake field goal attempt.
“It was a rough half,” Heyward said of the experience. “I’ve been on the side where we haven’t had kickers, whether that was by injury or bringing in some kickers that couldn’t kick. Having Boz is pretty nice.”
Issues at kicker is what ultimately led to Boswell coming to Pittsburgh. A career-ending injury to Shaun Suisham during the 2015 season left the Steelers scrambling for a new kicker. Pittsburgh was about to sign veteran Josh Scobee, but they released him after four missed field goal attempts in the season’s first four games. The Steelers held an in-season kicking tryout, which was won by Boswell.
Sans the 2018 season, Boswell has been nearly automatic. He has made each of his 16 career…