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Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 11:40am
Ben Roethlisberger is searching for a balance between rest and readiness.
"It's a fine line I walk at this age, of resting and getting my body enough rest for the season and working out to prepare," said Roethlisberger, 36, before retreating for some down time like the rest of his teammates. "My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be. But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age."
How does he navigate that line? He pays trainers to define it, he says.
"You've got to listen to your body," Roethlisberger said, "any aches and pains you might have, your arm being sore if you're throwing too much, just things like that."
Big Ben is entering his 15th training camp with the Steelers the story said. While he has hinted at retirement before, at this point in his career, the team gives Roethlisberger days off during camp as a way to keep him fresh.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:08pm
Ben Roethlisberger remains one of the game's top quarterbacks and is surrounded by outstanding talent, including the best receiver in the league. Last season, he recorded 10 games with multiple touchdown passes and had just one game where he did not throw for a score. He also had nine games with 250 or more yards passing, including seven with 280 or more.
Roethlisberger got off to a slow start last season, throwing just 10 TD passes in Pittsburgh's first eight games. At age 36, you wonder if that's a preview of things to come, though he did heat up considerably down the stretch. His home/road splits in recent seasons also haven't been great, though that did even out a little more in 2017, as he threw 12 touchdown passes on the road last season compared to 16 at home. But he's a much better home player than on the road over the past four years.
2018 Bottom Line
If you simply could start Roethlisberger in his home games, he'd be fantasy gold. But you have to hope he's figured out his road struggles of recent seasons. A change in offensive coordinators could help. Roethlisberger wants to run more no-huddle and Randy Fichtner seems to be ready to allow him to do that.
With the weapons around him, you can pencil in nearly 4,000 yards and around 30 touchdowns right now. Plus, he'll have some home games that will flat out win a week for you as he did a couple of times last year. But you'd better have a decent backup ready to play in some of his road contests. His ADP is putting him in the ninth round as the 11th QB selected. You could do far worse for your starter.
2018 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||24.00||37.40||283.40||1.87||0.93||7.58||11.81||1.87||3.13||0||0.07||1.68||17.12||69.20/69.93||98.88% |