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Steelers All 91: QB Ben Roethlisberger

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

7 • Ben Roethlisberger, 16th-year quarterback

Last year: Started all 16 games, despite suffering a rib injury against Oakland that made him miss the majority of the game. His 9-6-1 record marked the 11th time in his career he won at least nine games as a starting quarterback.

Stats: Led the NFL in completions (452), attempt (675) and passing yards (5,129), all of which were also career highs.

His rate stats were above, but more in line with his career numbers. He completed 67% of his passes (career mark 64.4%) and had a 96.5 quarterback rating (career 94.2).

He also led the NFL and set a career high in interceptions with 16, but his interception rate (2.4%) was below his career average of 2.7%.

Accolades, Highlights:

In Week 10 against Carolina, he had more touchdowns than incompletions, finish 22 of 25 for five scores and was named AFC Offensive Player of Week for the second time in 2018.

Missed the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2013 despite leading the league in passing.

Camp outlook: This one should have a little more meaning for Roethlisberger. For the first time since 2009, he won’t have Antonio Brown to throw to and that means getting in lock step with a new group of targets.
Expect free agent Donte Moncrief, second-year man James Washington, rookie Diontae Johnson and slot man Ryan Switzer to step up in Brown’s absence, and much of Roethlisberger’s camp work will be centered on those players.

Projected role: He’ll be the Steelers starting quarterback as long as he’s healthy, but at 37, it’s worth keeping an eye on the backup battle.

Coverage links:

One-Year Extension Brings Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger in Sync

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Plans on Playing Though 2021

Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, Devin Bush among Betting Favorites for NFL Awards

Roethlisberger Looking Forward to New Targets in Passing Game

Ben Roethlisberger Focused on Leadership in Wake of Antonio Brown Flap

Steelers Sign Ben Roethlisberger to Three-Year Extension Through 2021

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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