The opportunities for kickers in the NFL are relatively limited when compared to others position in the league, and for a young rookie prospect coming out of college, finding the right opportunity can be as important as having the talent to make it in the NFL.
Being signed to act as competition for an established veteran does not always end well for a rookie kicker, regardless of how well they perform. But if the agent of Matthew Wright is correct, his client may well have ended up in the perfect place for him this offseason.
Having seen Chris Boswell struggle in 2018, it was no surprise to see the front office add an extra option to the kicking group as an undrafted free agent. And for the former UCF product, the Steelers made perfect sense as the team to choose once his agent had made him aware of what a good opportunity the Steelers were for him. As per Chris Adamski of TribLive.
“I agreed to come here about midway through the draft on the third day actually. They called and me, and my agent thought there was an opportunity (with the Steelers), a good opportunity.”
With the release of Matt McCrane earlier in the month, that opportunity improved significantly, leaving Boswell as the only obstacle currently standing between him and a starting role in Pittsburgh.
However, despite being the challenger for Boswell’s job this offseason, Wright acknowledged that the returning veteran was actually helping him adjust to life in the NFL.
“He’s helpful with everything and in just learning how to be a pro out here and ‘every kick matters’ and just treating it like that.”
A career success rate of 78.1-percent with his field goal attempts speaks well of his consistency at UCF, but should it not work out for him in the NFL, Wright has a degree in aerospace engineering to fall back on much like new teammate Josh Dobbs. Not that he has had a chance to talk about it with him yet though.
“I haven’t talked to (Dobbs), If it comes up, it comes up. I’m not gonna (bring it up).”
UCF career points leader (375)— Matt Wright (@Mattyice717) January 13, 2019
UCF career FG leader (55)
Career FGs: 55/71 (78%)
Career 40-49yd FGs: 22/30 (73%)
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