The Pittsburgh Steelers would like to get done answering questions. Ben Roethlisberger, rather, hopes to focus on what the players still in the building bring to the table.
At his youth soccer camp over the weekend, Big Ben said he’s excited for the team that currently wears the black and yellow.
“I’m excited, I am excited in what we have,” Roethlisberger told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “We put a lot of work in, that is what it’s going to take, it is going to have a team effort. We are going to give all we have and see where it belongs. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re going to give what we have.”
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Gone would be Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but it’s not as if Big Ben is currently playing with scrap meat. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a legit No. 1 receiver. James Conner proved to be a workhorse runner. Vance McDonald is a bulldozing tight end and trustworthy target. Free-agent receiver Donte Moncrief has obtained offseason praise within the building and could finally assemble consistency to proceed with physical ability. Ryan Switzer is a shifty slot who seems to have earned Big Ben’s trust. Plus it would shock no one if among the Steelers’ other draft selections at receiver morphs to a playmaker, whether that’s second-year WR James Washington or rookie Diontae Johnson.
Sure, substituting Brown and Bell is simpler said than done, however provided that a Hall of Famer like Roethlisberger is under center, the Steelers’ offense should be OK, even if it’s less volatile. In the event the defense eventually starts to grab, Pittsburgh will stay in the playoff hunt.
Besides expecting new, younger gamers, Big Ben is reveling in the dramatic nature of the 2019 Steelers.
“It’s been a little crazy the past couple of decades, maybe more than usual that we are utilized to dealing with,” Roethlisberger said. “To kind of return to quote unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”
Whether this normalcy becomes a winner with various faces will be the query surrounding Pittsburgh until the season begins.
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