PITTSBURGH — The first pass of Steelers OTA on Tuesday was from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Of course, that’s not exactly news, given that the 16-year veteran has been the starter since his rookie season. But the amount of time that Roethlisberger spends at organized team activities, which are optional, has not always been consistent.
Roethlisberger said after practice that he’s going to make in a priority to spend more time at OTAs this year than he did last year, in part because the Steelers passing offense will need to replace the 105 catches and 15 touchdowns that Antonio Brown contributed in 2018.
Newcomers Donte Moncrief and Johnny Holton and rookie Diontae Johnson got their first reps with Roethlisberger, while second-year receiver James Washington and slot men Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer began their competition for more targets.
Of course, there’s also never such a thing as too much practice, even for a 16-year veteran. That first pass? Intercepted by Joe Haden.
Check out more in the sights and sounds of Steelers OTA No. 1 from UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side: