Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Browns won 48-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers want Ben Roethlisberger back in 2021

The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger told NFL Network on Tuesday that the team wants the quarterback under center this season under a revised cap hit.

The comments came the same day that Roethlisberger met with Steelers president Art Rooney II, a meeting that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported “went well.”

Roethlisberger is slated for a $41.25 million salary cap hit in 2021, a number the Steelers are desperate to bring down.

“They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address the cap situation,” Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner told NFL Network. “As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible.”

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games last season. Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: QB Dwayne Haskins visiting Steelers

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

Haskins, a first-round draft pick in 2019, was released by the Washington Football Team on Dec. 28. He reportedly also met with the Carolina Panthers earlier this month.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games this past season.

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 on March 2, said that he hasn’t made a decision about his future following Pittsburgh’s 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the AFC wild-card game on Jan. 10. Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in that game.

Mason Rudolph remains under contract while fellow quarterback Josh Dobbs is set for free agency. Devlin “Duck” Hodges bid a public farewell over Twitter on Tuesday after his pact with the Steelers had expired.

Haskins’ release last month came after he posted a 3-10 record as a starter in Washington and followed an unmasked trip to a nightclub — a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocol. In the wake of that incident, the team fined him $40,000 and he was stripped of his captaincy.

Haskins, 23, has completed 60.1 percent (267 of 444) of his passes for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 career games (13 starts).

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers optimistic Roethlisberger (knees) will play Sunday

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured both knees on one play in Pittsburgh’s win in Dallas on Sunday, but the team doesn’t expect him to miss this week’s game home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Roethlisberger, who has endured knee injuries at times in his 17-year career, was caught between two Cowboys defenders just as he threw a pass late in the first half. He reached down to his legs after the play and appeared to motion to the bench about it.

After throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to complete the drive and cut the Cowboys’ lead to 13-6 with 1:10 left before intermission, Roethlisberger went to the locker room, missing the Steelers’ final possession of the half after a Cowboys fumble.

Roethlisberger returned to play the second half and finished with 306 yards and three touchdowns on 29-of-42 passing. He has completed 196 of 288 passes (68.1 percent) this season for 18 touchdowns, and he has been intercepted four times.

The Steelers are cautiously optimistic about Roethlisberger’s chances of playing Sunday, according to NFL Network.

The Steelers (8-0) are the NFL’s only unbeaten team this season, and they have beaten the Bengals 10 straight times.

Roethlisberger has feasted on Cincinnati defenses in his career, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 7,310 yards, his highest yardage total against any team. Pittsburgh is 23-7 in games he has played against the Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers’ Roethlisberger feels ‘really good’ after 3 ligament repairs

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger revealed Tuesday that he sustained three torn ligaments in his elbow last season, but he said his arm “feels really, really good” after he threw at training camp on Monday.

“Threw a lot of balls yesterday,” Roethlisberger told reporters on a video conference call. “Waking up today to see how it’s going to feel, and it feels great. That’s kind of what I anticipated.

“We’ve been working more than usual in the offseason in terms of throwing, I’ve put together a regime of two to three days per week of throwing for the last probably two months, if not longer than that. I think the plan is to kind of pitch-count, if you will, through training camp.”

Roethlisberger, 38, detailed the elbow injury he sustained in Week 2 of last season, saying he tore three flexor tendons in his elbow, a rare injury for a quarterback.

“From what I’ve been told, it’s never happened to a quarterback of this magnitude,” he said, adding that he had dealt with elbow pain for years. “I believe there was at least another quarterback that had one, maybe two (ligaments) torn off, but from what I understand, not three.”

Roethlisberger said he’s had less elbow pain than in previous years, and he’s lost significant weight.

“I’m lighter than I’ve been in 13, 14 years,” the 16-year-veteran said. “I feel strong, I feel healthy, I feel young, if you can feel young at this age. …

“I definitely feel like I’ve got some really good years left in me.”

The Steelers plan to be careful with Roethlisberger’s reps early, but offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner indicated it’s more about protecting the quarterback from himself.

“I think we’ll have to play that by ear, eventually how he feels and how much he wants,” Fichtner said. “There’s times where he wants it all, and we’ll have to back him off. That’s a good thing.”

In his most recent full season in 2018, Roethlisberger led the NFL in pass attempts (675), completions (452) and yards (5,129), throwing 34 touchdowns and a league-leading 16 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Week 11 Fantasy Disappointments

Week 11 of the NFL season was once again full of disappointing fantasy performances for owners all over the country. With only two weeks left until playoffs start in most fantasy leagues, dud performances are starting to really take a toll on playoff chances. Here are 3 of the most disappointing fantasy players from this past week.
Tyrod Taylor
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has actually been a fairly consistent fantasy option for people who opted to draft a quarterback in the later rounds. Before Sunday, Taylor had only failed to eclipse 15 standard fantasy points just one time. Unfortunately for his owners, Taylor was almost non-existent from a fantasy perspective against the Cincinnati Bengals. He managed just 166 yards through the air with no touchdowns and an interception. He also only managed 39 yards on the ground. Despite a gritty 16-12 win for the Bills, Taylor left his owners, myself included, out in the cold.
The Bills schedule is filled with exploitable defenses for the rest of the season, so Taylor should be able to turn it around sooner rather than later. The possible return of injured star receiver Sammy Watkins in the next couple of weeks would certainly bolster Taylor’s fantasy upside.
Ben Roethlisberger
Arguably the biggest Week 11 disappointment, Roethlisberger entered Sunday with the juiciest fantasy match-up he could have, the winless Cleveland Browns. Despite ranking near last in every major defensive category, the Browns held Roethlisberger to just 167 passing yards and no touchdowns. In Big Ben’s defense, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell stole the show with over 200 total yards from scrimmage, but being held under 200 yards passing by the hapless Browns is more than a bit embarrassing.
Roethlisberger will have another juicy match-up this week against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on Thanksgiving.  His owners will hope for the Big Ben who put up 408 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys instead of the unenthusiastic play he showcased against the worst team in the league.
Michael Crabtree
Oakland Raiders veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree exploded onto the fantasy scene this season as the Robin to Amari Cooper’s Batman. Thus far, he has amassed 601 yards receiving to go along with 6 touchdowns. Unfortunately for his owners, none of this production came to fruition this week against the Houston Texans. Crabtree only managed 5 yards on 3 receptions, far below his projections. He did manage to draw 2 pass interference penalties that moved Oakland way down the field, but flags don’t count towards fantasy points.
He will look to turn it around next week against the Carolina Panthers, a team that has been struggling to stop receivers all season.