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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Quarterback #7
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 1
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 241 lb.
College:Miami - OH
Born:March 2, 1982
Drafted:2004 / Rd. 1 (11)
Draft Team:PIT

Ben Roethlisberger: Struggles with turnovers

Roethlisberger completed 32 of 49 pass attempts for 268 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Week 7 against the Titans.

Analysis: Roethlisberger and the Steelers were blistering on offense to begin the game, scoring on their first four possessions. That included a pair of touchdown tosses by Roethlisberger, both of which went to Diontae Johnson (ankle). However, after that, Roethlisberger struggled to take care of the ball, throwing interceptions to end three of the team's final six drives. His inability to take care of the ball spoiled what looked to be the makings a of a strong performance, particularly given that Roethlisberger attempted a season-high 49 pass attempts. Roethlisberger figures to be in a tough spot once again in Week 8 as the Steelers will take on the Ravens.

October 25, 2020 6:30 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Limited by game script

Roethlisberger completed 14 of 22 pass attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Browns.

Analysis: Roethlisberger turned in an efficient performance but also attempter a season-low 22 pass attempts as the Steelers' cruised to victory. Even with the limited opportunity, Roethlisberger connected with James Washington for a long 28-yard touchdown. He also continued to develop rapport with Chase Claypool for big gains of 36 and 23 yards. With a Week 7 matchup against the Titans on tap, Roethlisberger will likely return to more volume in short order.

October 18, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Throws for three scores

Roethlisberger completed 27 of 34 pass attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5 against the Eagles.

Analysis: Roethlisberger largely played game manager, as he averaged only seven yards per attempt but kept the Steelers' offense moving throughout the game. His longest completion of the day came on a 35-yard touchdown toss to Chase Claypool. Roethlisberger has topped 300 passing yards only once this season, but has 10 passing scores as opposed to only one interception through four games. He'll look to add to that tally in Week 6 against the Browns.

October 11, 2020 2:58 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Week 4 game called off

Roethlisberger and the Steelers will not take the field Week 4 against the Titans following additional positive COVID-19 tests within the Tennessee organization, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The initial plan was to move the game from Sunday to either Monday or Tuesday, but with reports of additional positive tests from another Titans player and personnel member surfacing, the league ultimately decided it would be best to postpone the contest. The Steelers were originally in line for a Week 8 bye, but it remains to be seen if that will stay in tact with a new Week 4 bye now on the calendar.

October 1, 2020 6:43 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Week 4 game to be rescheduled

Sunday's game between the Steelers and Titans, which Roethlisberger was in line to start, will be rescheduled. Per an NFL statement, "details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible."

Analysis: The postponement of Sunday's scheduled game arrives after four Titans' players and five team personnel members tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN.com reports.

September 30, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Throws two TD passes

Roethlisberger completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 28-21 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Roethlisberger completed 72 percent of his pass attempts while spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. He completed touchdown passes to Eric Ebron and Juju Smith-Schuster in the second quarter but deferred to the running game a bit more in the second half. Although the yardage total was nothing to hang his hat on, it was a rather efficient performance from Roethlisberger against what has been a surprisingly adept Texans pass defense to this point. He will look to take advantage of a more favorable matchup against a soft Titans defense next Sunday.

September 27, 2020 1:43 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Throws two TD passes

Roethlisberger completed 29 of 41 pass attempts for 311 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Roethlisberger completed 70 percent of his throws and spread the ball around to nine different receivers. He made use of all his weapons as rookie Chase Claypool caught an 84-yard touchdown pass and second-year wideout Diontae Johnson added a 28-yard score of his own. The veteran took some time to get into the season opener against the Giants, but he's now posted a 5:1 TD:INT and has piled up 540 yassing yards on 73 attempts through two weeks. Roethlisberger will look to continue his bounce-back campaign next Sunday in a favorable matchup against the Texans.

September 20, 2020 4:45 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Returns to practice

Roethlisberger was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger didn't take part in Wednesday's practice for maintenance purposes, which is expected to be the norm over the next 15 weeks of the regular season as the Steelers look to limit the strain on the veteran's surgically-repaired elbow. His ability to take every rep Thursday suggests that Roethlisberger came out of the Steelers' 26-16 win over the Giants on Monday feeling no worse for the wear. In his first competitive action in just under a year, Roethlisberger appeared to settle in nicely from the second quarter onward, finishing with 21 completions on 32 attempts for 229 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Up next for Roethlisberger and the Steelers is a matchup Sunday with the Broncos, who limited Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill to 5.8 yards per attempt Week 1.

September 17, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Gets rest day

Roethlisberger (rest) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Per Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site, Roethlisberger's absence from practice to begin the week is due to the general soreness that comes packaged with suiting up for NFL action at age 38, rather than any specific injury. Using Wednesday as a rest day will be the norm for Roethlisberger this season, Matthews reports. The veteran signal-caller remains on track for Sunday's tilt against the Broncos, though it's notable that top offensive weapons JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), Diontae Johnson (toe) and James Conner (ankle) all also began the week as non-participants.

September 16, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Tosses three touchdowns in return

Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Roethlisberger, making his first appearance in a calendar year, understandably looked rusty to start, but he found his rhythm in the second quarter and rode that out for the remainder of the game. The 38-year-old's first touchdown came on a 10-yard pass on third down to top wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, then shortly after Roethlisberger found James Washington for a 13-yard score just before halftime. To close the game, Big Ben went back to Smith-Schuster for an eight-yard touchdown late, capping a commendable return to action. Up next for Roethlisberger is a home date against the Broncos in Week 2.

September 14, 2020 8:12 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Has played in pain over a decade

Roethlisberger has been dealing with nagging pain in his throwing arm for over 13 years, according to Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.

Analysis: It is not a surprise that NFL quarterbacks endure a lot of pain, but it is a bit shocking to learn that Roethlisberger has suffered arm pain for almost his entire professional career. On the bright side Big Ben says the pain has not returned since having elbow surgery during the offseason. Given the performance of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges in relief of Roethlisberger in 2019, the Steelers would likely settle for a fraction of the career high 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdowns he tossed in 2018.

August 25, 2020 9:32 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Struggling with throwing motion?

Roethlisberger appeared to be short-arming some of his throws during Monday's practice, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

Analysis: Kaboly said the velocity looked fine, but he also mentioned that some of the deep throws reminded him of Philip Rivers' unconventional delivery. Roethlisberger is about 11 months removed from major elbow surgery, and coach Mike Tomlin mentioned a few weeks ago that the veteran quarterback's spirals weren't quite as tight as he'd like them to be. Roethlisberger remains on track for the Week 1 start, but there's no guarantee his arm strength and accuracy return to pre-injury form. Pittsburgh beat reporters should provide more updates in the coming weeks.

August 18, 2020 6:11 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Feels good after throwing

Roethlisberger (elbow) did a lot of throwing Monday and said he felt great Tuesday morning, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Nearly 11 months removed from elbow surgery, Roethlisberger is on track for the Week 1 start. He's been throwing footballs in some capacity since February, with no report of any setbacks along the way. The 38-year-old quarterback provided some details on his surgery Tuesday morning, noting that he tore three of the five flexor tendons in his throwing elbow. It was a unique injury for an NFL quarterback, but Roethlisberger says his current physical condition is the best he's felt since 13 or 14 years ago. He should be ready to practice when the Steelers put on pads in mid-August.

August 4, 2020 8:19 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Looking slim, healthy

Teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster says Roethlisberger (elbow) is "pretty much back to 100 percent" and should benefit from losing some weight, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coming back from major elbow surgery last September, the 38-year-old quarterback said in March that he was throwing without pain for the first time in years. The Steelers have given every indication Roethlisberger will be under center for Week 1, throwing passes to a group that includes Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Eric Ebron and James Conner. The Pittsburgh offensive line isn't quite what it was a few years ago, but the overall setup remains solidly above average.

July 29, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Throwing with teammates

Roethlisberger (elbow) is shown throwing passes to teammates James Conner (quadriceps) and Juju Smith-Schuster in a video released by the Steelers on Monday.

Analysis: Roethlisberger, who underwent right elbow surgery in September, opens the video stating that he won't cut his hair or shave until he's able to throw a "legit NFL pass" to his teammates. The clip ends with the veteran signal-caller receiving a cut and trim, indicating that his on-field work with Conner and Smith-Schuster represents being able to resume throwing without issues. The Steelers expect the 38-year-old to make a full recovery in time to kick off the 2020 campaign, and being able to resume making an on-field connecting with his receivers is a significant step in the right direction.

May 18, 2020 10:44 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Doing well in rehab

Roethlisberger (elbow) is expected to be ready when the season begins, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Chris Adamski reports.

Analysis: When asked about Roethlisberger's projected availability for the Steelers' season opener September 14 at the Giants, coach Mike Tomlin said, "As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness." The Steelers need Big Ben to stay healthy this season for the offense to improve after being one of the worst in the league last year. "He's throwing on a rehab schedule, and it's going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener," added Tomlin.

May 9, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: To be ready for Week 1

Roethlisberger (elbow) expects to be healthy for Week 1 of the 2020 season, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports. "I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps," Roethlisberger said Monday. "That was going to be the plan."

Analysis: Roethlisberger has displayed modest progress in his recovery from September surgery to reattach three ligaments in his throwing elbow, lofting passes in late February and throwing pain-free by the end of March. Along the way, there was an expectation he wouldn't do much during the offseason program and even be limited at the start of training camp. With the former happening virtually this year, Roethlisberger will turn his focus to being ready at the height of summer, though it remains to be seen if he'll get any run in the Steelers' Hall of Fame Game matchup with the Cowboys on Aug. 6 or during the preseason whatsoever.

April 6, 2020 11:43 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Throwing pain-free

Roethlisberger (elbow) indicated Friday that he's "throwing without pain for the first time in years," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, the QB also relayed that he's throwing about 40 passes per day from about 20 yards. With that in mind, Roethlisberger plans to gradually increase the volume and velocity of his throws, with an eye toward being ready for Week 1 on the 2020 NFL season.

March 20, 2020 10:35 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Facing lengthy rehab

Roethlisberger (elbow) isn't expected to do much during the offseason program and likely will be limited early in training camp, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While he's said to be ahead of his initial rehab timeline, Roethlisberger only recently resumed throwing footballs, lofting some passes inside a gym in late February. The Steelers still haven't confirmed specifics of his injury, but this report suggests the Sept. 23 surgery reattached three ligaments in his throwing elbow. A previous report described the injury as a muscle tear, so there at least seems to be agreement that Roethlisberger didn't have Tommy John surgery. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is optimistic the 38-year-old quarterback will be ready for Week 1, even saying that Roethlisberger could be a better player when he comes back from the prolonged period of rest. Colbert also shot down recent rumors about Roethlisberger being out of shape.

March 3, 2020 8:06 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Three months away from clearance

Roethlisberger (elbow) believes he's about two and a half or three months away from receiving full medical clearance, Ron Cook of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The Steelers posted a short video Saturday of Roethlisberger lofting a pass inside a gym. The quarterback notes he was able to bypass tennis-ball throwing and instead moved right to footballs, but his timeline estimate suggests he won't be ready for strenuous activity any sooner than the end of the offseason program or the beginning of training camp. Roethlisberger will turn 38 in May, looking to rebound from Sept. 23 surgery to repair a torn muscle in his throwing elbow. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert both have been straightforward about the expectation of Roethlisberger being ready for Week 1.

February 24, 2020 7:00 AM EST

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