The Pittsburgh Steelers would love to get done answering questions regarding gamers who are gone. Ben Roethlisberger, instead, hopes to focus on what the players in the building bring to the table.
At his youth football camp over the weekend, Big Ben said he’s eager for the group that currently wears the black and yellow.
“I am thrilled, I am excited in what we have,” Roethlisberger told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “We put a lot of work in, that’s what it is going to take, it’s going to have a team effort. See where it goes and we are all going to give everything we’ve got. We can not predict the future, but we could predict we are going to give what we have.”
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Gone are Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, however it’s not as if Big Ben is currently playing scrap meat. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a legit No. 1 receiver. James Conner proved to be a workhorse runner when wholesome. Vance McDonald is a bulldozing tight end and also trustworthy goal. Free-agent receiver Donte Moncrief has received offseason praise within the building and could finally assemble consistency to proceed with physical ability. Ryan Switzer is a shifty slot that seems to have gained the trust of Big Ben. Plus it would shock no one if one of the Steelers’ additional draft picks at receiver morphs to a playmaker, if that is second-year WR James Washington or rookie Diontae Johnson.
Sure, substituting Brown and Bell is simpler said than done, but as long as a Hall of Famer like Roethlisberger is under center, the Steelers’ offense ought to be OK, even if it’s not as volatile. If the defense finally begins to grab, Pittsburgh will remain in the playoff hunt.
Besides expecting new, younger gamers, Big Ben is reveling in the less dramatic nature of the 2019 Steelers.
“It’s been a little crazy the past couple of decades, possibly more so than usual that we are used to dealing with,” Roethlisberger said. “To kind of return to quote unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”