QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 241||Born: 3-2-1982||College: Miami (OH)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11|
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General News (Mon Jan 29): Center Maurkice Pouncey confirmed that Ben Roethlisberger recently told his teammates he plans on playing three more years.
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 19 vs JAX (37 / 58 / 469 / 5 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger passed for a franchise postseason record 469 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. On the Steelers second possession, Roethlisberger was intercepted by Myles Jack, when he jumped an out-route on the right sideline. Mid second quarter with the Steelers trailing 21-0, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown in the left corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Late second quarter, Roethlisberger was hit from behind and fumbled as the Jaguars returned the ball for a 50-yard defensive touchdown. With 32 seconds left in the second quarter and the Steelers down 28-7, Roethlisberger threw up a Hail Mary pass on 4th and 11 to Martavis Bryant for a 36-yard touchdown. Roethlisberger put the pass right on target and kept the Steelers in the game. On the first possession of the third quarter, Roethlisberger delivered another clutch touchdown pass on a 3rd and long. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the 19-yard touchdown pass in a perfect spot for LeVeon Bell. With the Steelers down 35-21 and facing another 4th and 5, Roethlisberger went deep with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger moved up in the pocket and threw the ball up for Brown, who was in man-to-man coverage. Late fourth quarter, Roethlisberger once again moved forward in the pocket before throwing a lateral to Bell, who ran for an 8-yard touchdown. As time expired, Roethlisberger threw his fifth touchdown of the afternoon, a four-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster.
2017 Week 16 vs HOU (20 / 29 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient completing 20-of-29 pass attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger looked comfortable playing without superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown. Mid first quarter on a 3rd and 4, Roethlisberger bought time by moving up into the pocket as he found Justin Hunter running across to the left corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown pass. Early fourth quarter on a third and 7, Roethlisberger completed an easy 18-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger was taken out of the game early as the Steelers held a commanding lead.
2017 Week 15 vs NE (22 / 30 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient day but will be remembered for one late mistake. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger noticed that Rogers had gained separation from his defender as the middle of the field was wide open. Late second quarter on a third and goal, Roethlisberger threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the pass in a spot only where Bryant could complete the reception. Late fourth quarter and down by three, Roethlisberger completed a short pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who ran for a 69-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger found Jesse James for what looked to be the game-winning touchdown. The play was controversially reversed because James did not control the reception while he was falling to the ground. With the clock running with nine seconds remaining, Roethlisberger faked a spike on third and goal before throwing an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger tried to force a pass over the middle to Eli Rogers before it was tipped and picked.
2017 Week 14 vs BAL (44 / 66 / 506 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger finished with a career-best 44 completions on a career-high 66 passing attempts for 506 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he set a record as the first player in NFL history to pass for over 500 yards on three separate occasions. Roethlisberger looked comfortable running the no-huddle formation throughout the game thus preventing the Ravens a chance to substitute and attack with exotic blitz packages. He showed poise and chemistry with Antonio Brown and his tight ends. Mid first quarter, Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown of the game on a quick pass to Bell, who did the heavy lifting. The veteran quarterback did not flinch when he was down by 11 points during the fourth quarter. On a 1st and goal, Roethlisberger ran play-action and found fullback Roosevelt Nix for the short touchdown pass. Roethlisberger also improved his prime-time record at Heinz Field to 21-3.
2017 Week 13 vs CIN (24 / 40 / 290 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Battling the wind in Cincinnati and an inspired pass rush, Roethlisberger shrugged off a sluggish start for a comeback win in the closing seconds. As the Steelers fell behind 17-0, Roethlisberger had two noteworthy misfires. Roethlisberger eluded the rush, but was late and casual with a throw across his body which was intercepted. Also, Roethlisberger severely underthrew a deep out in Antonio Brown's direction (and against the wind) which was nearly intercepted. The Steelers passing game picked up over the final 30 minutes, however, as Roethlisberger calibrated to the wind with accurate intermediate and deeper throws. Notably, Roethlisberger threw a laser goal line touchdown to Antonio Brown between defenders, another seam throw to Brown, and a skinny post to Martavis Bryant as Pittsburgh marched into game-winning field goal range. While not a particularly mobile quarterback at this stage in his career, Roethlisberger also added a zone read keeper on third down to scramble for a conversion. Baltimore offers the stiffest test for the Steelers passing game since their Week 5 matchup against Jacksonville. Ben Roethlisberger heads into the divisional rivalry with multiple touchdowns in four straight games and 12 touchdowns overall during the span.
2017 Week 12 vs GB (33 / 45 / 351 / 4 / 2 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
Despite two interceptions (one of which came on a tipped pass), Roethlisberger played pretty well. He never seemed rattled by mistakes and seemed comfortable regardless of down and distance. His first touchdown was a simple shovel pass to tight end Xavier Grimble but he followed it up with a nice pass on a fade route to Martavis Bryant late in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 apiece. Bryant got a nice lead on the defender and Roethlisberger did a nice job dropping the ball right in the bucket for him. He would his Antonio Brown on another fade route in the third quarter, again leading his receiver perfectly towards the corner pylon and putting the ball where no defender could get it. His last touchdown -- to Brown again -- was another perfectly placed ball. On the route, Brown was trailing one defender with a safety moving over the top to help. There wasn't much window for Roethlisberger to fit the ball into, but he did, hitting his receiver in stride. Brown added a juke to ditch the safety and practically walked into the end zone.
2017 Week 11 vs TEN (30 / 45 / 299 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had his best game of the season as he finished with 30 completions on 45 pass attempts for 299 yards and four touchdowns. The quarterback looked comfortable as the offense ran mainly out of the no-huddle formation. The Steelers offense struck first when Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 41-yards touchdown on the opening drive. On the play, Roethlisberger utilized a hard-count to draw the defense off-sides. With an ample amount of time in the pocket, Roethlisberger threw a near perfect pass into a tight window between two defenders. After the Titans were able to close the gap to 16-14 early in the third quarter, the Steelers offense put together three consecutive long touchdown drives. First, Roethlisberger led a ten-play 75-yard drive which concluded in a five-yard touchdown reception to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to recognize that Brown was in man-coverage and quickly threw the touchdown pass. Next, Roethlisberger continued to pick apart the defense with short passes with a 12-play 75-yard drive which was capped off with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the play, Roethlisberger ran a play-action pass and found James wide open in the middle of the end zone. Next, Roethlisberger led a 3-play 51-yard drive that concluded with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball in a spot where only Brown could complete the reception and he did not disappoint with an amazing catch.
2017 Week 10 vs IND (19 / 31 / 236 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 out of 31 passing attempts for 236 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. On the second play from scrimmage, Roethlisberger targeted Martavis Bryant with a deep pass that was underthrown and intercepted. After a slow first half, Roethlisberger was resilient passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns during the remainder of the game. Mid third quarter on a first and goal, Roethlisberger completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to quickly get rid of the ball as soon as Smith-Schuster got open. Early fourth quarter on a third and goal, Roethlisberger found tight end Vance McDonald wide-open in the right side of the end zone. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to buy time in the pocket until he noticed McDonald all alone on the right side of the field. On the following play, Roethlisberger found Bryant while running in stride for a successful two-point conversion. With just over three minutes left in the game, Roethlisberger led a ten-play 70-yard drive which resulted in the game winning field goal.
2017 Week 8 vs DET (17 / 31 / 317 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 passes out of 31 attempts for 317 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger was inconsistent as the bulk of his production (56.1%) came on three long passes, a 41-yard and 97-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and a 40-yard pass to Antonio Brown. Early first quarter on 3rd and 2, Roethlisberger threw a pass to Eli Rogers, who dropped an easy touchdown in the end zone. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a pass intended for Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger put too much on the pass as it sailed over the head of Brown and into Lions safety, Glover Quin's hands. Early third quarter, Roethlisberger was off-target on what looked to be another easy touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Late 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Smith-Schuster over the middle for a 97-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch completing the pass while Smith-Schuster did the heavy lifting outrunning the defense for the touchdown.
2017 Week 7 vs CIN (14 / 24 / 224 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 passes out of 24 attempts for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most of the production (12 completions, 193 yards, 2 touchdowns) came during the first half while the game was still competitive. Roethlisberger started the game with a nine-play 75-yard drive that completed with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the pass in a spot where only Brown could complete the reception. Early second quarter, Roethlisberger found a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 31-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Roethlisberger hit the receiver while running in stride over the middle of the field for the touchdown. Roethlisberger only completed two passes during the second half as the focus was on the running game.
2017 Week 6 vs KC (17 / 25 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 passes out of 25 attempts for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger played a smart game and took what the defense gave him. Early second quarter on a third and five, a pass intended for Antonio Brown was intercepted by Marcus Peters. On the play, there was miscommunication between Roethlisberger and Brown after the receiver stopped running the route early. After the play, Brown was shown pointing to himself and saying that the interception was his fault. Late fourth quarter on a third and two, Roethlisberger targeted Brown who was locked in tight coverage. On the play, the ball tipped off the Chiefs defender into Brown's hands and he ran for a 51-yards touchdown.
2017 Week 5 vs JAX (33 / 55 / 312 / 0 / 5 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions as the accuracy on his deep passes has been off-target all season. His completion percentage is now 61% on the season, the lowest mark for the Steelers quarterback since 2009. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger was pressured and quickly threw a pass that was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey, who jumped a Vance McDonald route. Mid third quarter, a pass intended to Antonio Brown was tipped at the line of scrimmage directly into the hands of Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, who returned the interception for a touchdown. During the next series on a third and 18, a high pass intended for Brown was tipped into the hands of Barry Church for a 51-yard interception return. Late fourth quarter on a third and ten, Roethlisberger threw his fourth interception when JuJu Smith-Schuster was tripped up while running a route. Late fourth quarter, a pass intended for Brown was thrown well short resulting in his fifth interception of the afternoon. During a post-game interview, Roethlisberger commented that "maybe I don't have it anymore."
2017 Week 4 vs BAL (18 / 30 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to do much as the Steelers played a conservative game plan which focused on the running game and short passing game. He finished with 18 completions on 30 passing attempts for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Early second quarter on a third and four, Roethlisberger missed Antonio Brown, who was left uncovered over the middle of the field, as Roethlisberger unsuccessfully attempted to check-down the pass to LeVeon Bell. Late second quarter, Roethlisberger went through his progressions and found JuJu Smith-Schuster open over the middle of the field for a 11-yard touchdown pass. Early third quarter on a third and six, Roethlisberger looked to complete a short pass to Brown, but the play was challenged and controversially reversed to an interception as Brown lost control of the ball as he was being tackled. Mid fourth quarter, Roethlisberger overthrew Martavis Bryant on what would have been a wide-open touchdown pass.
2017 Week 3 vs CHI (22 / 39 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was aggressive pushing the ball downfield throughout the game. However, he was only able to complete 56% of his passes as the Bears defense offered strong resistance. Mid first quarter on a third and eight, Roethlisberger was hit from behind and stripped of the football which resulted in a turnover. The offense started slowly with only 14 passing yards after the first three offensive series. They put together one solid series early in the second quarter as Roethlisberger led a 13 play 77-yard drive that concluded with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger exploited the one-on-one coverage by throwing a quick screen to Brown, who did the rest by running for the touchdown.
2017 Week 2 vs MIN (23 / 35 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger took what the Vikings defense would give as he finished with 23 completions on 35 passing attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Mid first quarter, Roethlisberger led a nine play 78-yard drive that finished with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger delivered a crisp pass to Bryant while he was in stride and he outran the Vikings defense for the touchdown. Early second quarter, Roethlisberger led a five play 60-yard drive that concluded with a 4-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger sold the play before dropping a quick shovel pass to Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger finished the first half with 9 completions on 18 pass attempts for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He found some rhythm during the second half with the short passing game. Mid third quarter, Roethlisberger completed two passes to Bryant for 13 and 51 yards. He caught the Vikings defense offsides and showed renewed chemistry with Bryant on the 51-yard completion. Early fourth quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 8, 16, and 11 yards to Eli Rogers. He also completed a 26-yard pass to Antonio Brown halfway through the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 1 vs CLE (24 / 36 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -8 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger produced a solid game-winning performance with 24 completions on 36 pass attempts for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. The offense started out of the spread formation passing the ball on the Steelers first five plays. However, offensive holding penalties quickly stopped any momentum. The offense struggled getting into rhythm until late in the 2nd quarter when Roethlisberger targeted Antonio Brown on three consecutive passes which resulted in gains of 50, 11, and 19 yards. Roethlisberger finished the 7 play 91-yard drive by completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger placed the ball in a small window in the middle of the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the half with 13 completions on 20 pass attempts for 148 yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6 play 75-yard drive which concluded with his second touchdown pass of the afternoon to James. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 14 yards to Martavis Bryant and 10 yards to Le'Veon Bell. On 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found James peeling off of his block for the short touchdown pass. Early 4th quarter on a 3rd and 9, a pass intended for Martavis Bryant was tipped and intercepted by the Browns.
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