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%.
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.
Big Ben Roethlisberger throws the TD pass to Antonio Brown in the #Steelers 52-21 blowout victory over the Carolina #Panthers. The two All-Pro players have a combined career earnings of $257,229,734 in #NFL contracts (72.8% going to Roethlisberger). @NFL @steelers @AB84 pic.twitter.com/qHpThnOhEB
— Cash Flow Sports (@cashflowsports1) November 9, 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.