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QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 241Born: 3-2-1982College: Miami (OH)Drafted: Round 1, pick 2004

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General News (Thu Jan 24): has started contract extension talks with the Steelers, according to owner Art Rooney II. Roethlisberger is signed through the 2019 season. He's got a cap hit of $23.2 million in 2019 with $6.2 million remaining in dead money. Rooney said he believes Roethlisberger could play for several more seasons.

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs CIN 68 31 45 287 1 1 3 3 0 0 17.65

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

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Ben Roethlisberger's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 17 vs CIN (31 / 45 / 287 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)

The volume for pass attempts for Roethlisberger are impressive, but with the absence of Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger chose to keep almost everything close to the line of scrimmage. Roethlisberger's interception on the day was on a great play by the defender. Roethlisberger was sitting in an empty set with five wide receivers. Roethlisberger saw JuJu Smith Schuster running an inbreaking post route over the middle of the field. The ball was behind Smith-Schuster, but the defender made an outstanding play stretching for the ball and going for a long run back. Roethlisberger's touchdown pass was an easy throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a screen pass. Smith-Schuster was able to evade a couple defenders in space and walked into the end zone relatively untouched.He saw His best pass of the day went to James Washington. Roethlisberger had plenty of time in the pocket and pump faked the ball which allowed Washington to get a step on his defender. Roethlisberger dropped a perfectly throw ball right into the bread basket of Washington for his longest pass play of the game.

2018 Week 16 vs NO (33 / 50 / 380 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

During the season Ben Roethlisberger has experienced ups and downs, but his performance against the Saints was similar to his performance against the Panthers in Week 10. Later in the second quarter Roethlisberger had complete control of the offense and was recognizing quick what the Saints were doing with their coverage and pass rush. Before the half and backed up on their 3-yard line, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 15 play 97-yard drive for a touchdown. On Roethlisberger's first dive of the second half he led the offense 9 plays for 75-yards. Roethlisberger's first touchdown of the day may have been the lowest difficulty throw of the night. Jaylen Samuels was thrown to completely uncovered on a swing pass out of the backfield. Roethlisberger's second touchdown of the game was an increased level of difficulty. Roethlisberger threw a perfectly placed ball in the back corner of the end zone as he was seeing Antonio Brown come off of a wide receiver pick. Roethlisberger's third touchdown was one of his best throws of the game. Antonio Brown was streaking down the field between two defenders and Roethlisberger was able to hit Brown in stride as he was able to walk into the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the day strong, but it was obvious both Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith Schuster were the focal point of the offense. Both receivers finished the day with 68% of Roethlisberger's targets and 79% of Roethlisberger's total passing yards.

2018 Week 15 vs NE (22 / 34 / 235 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)

Early in the contest the Steelers were showing a different approach to the Patriots. Generally, the Steelers use a lot of screen passes to get the rhythm of the offense going. Against the Patriots, Roethlisberger's first pass of the game was a deep pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster which was well overthrown. This didn't change throughout the game. Roethlisberger never really settled in and continued to overthrow his wide receivers throughout the game. Roethlisberger missed, at minimum, five deep passes to his wide receivers which could have led to points. Even in Roethlisberger's inconsistency he did show his signature brilliance. The scoring kicked off in the first quarter with a touchdown pass to Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger was extremely well protected and made a wicked pump fake, which he didn't need, and delivered a well thrown pass to Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger's touchdown pass to Antonio Brown was one of the highlight throws on the day. The pass to Brown was a perfectly placed ball on the back shoulder. In Week 15 Roethlisberger showed more žon the moveÓ throws. Multiple times Ben Roethlisberger was flushed from the pocket and made plays on scramble drills with his pass-catchers coming back to him. This was the case on crucial final drive for the Steelers. Roethlisberger was forced from the pocket rolling to his right. The middle line backer lost site of Jaylen Samuels and Roethlisberger was able to throw over the defender and convert a third down late in the fourth quarter.

2018 Week 14 vs OAK (25 / 29 / 282 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger was very sharp throughout the entire same. He was distributing the ball well and keeping everyone engaged early. In fact, the superlatives on Roethlisberger's are lengthy and far outweigh the negatives. The connection between Roethlisberger and both his top wide receivers (Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster) was on full display tonight, especially when Roethlisberger was out of the game. Roethlisberger highlight throw of the night came on the Steelers second possession of the game. Roethlisberger had good protection and showed good feel when he escaped the pocket to his right. Roethlisberger delivered a well-placed ball to Jesse James. Near the end of the second quarter Roethlisberger took a big hit from a rushing defensive lineman up the middle. Roethlisberger stayed on the field and completed the first half of the game but was held out until there were three minutes left in the game and Josh Dobbs had proven ineffective. Roethlisberger re-entered the game and led the offense quickly down the field and threw a touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster. The pass was dangerous but was perfectly placed by Roethlisberger.

2018 Week 13 vs LAC (29 / 45 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

For a majority of the game Roethlisberger enjoyed strong offensive line play on passing downs against the ferocious pass-rush of the L.A. Chargers. The problems came when Roethlisberger was being deceived in coverage. Roethlisberger's worst play came in the second quarter. Roethlisberger saw his tight end streaking down the field and thought he had him for an easy touchdown. Roethlisberger underthrew the ball and Drewin James grabbed the easy interception. Roethlisberger's best throw of the game came right before the half. The ball was snapped, and the pressure was surrounding Roethlisberger. He slid to his left in the pocket and stepped into a rope down the middle of the field to Antonio Brown perfectly on target. In the second half, the Steelers were not able to sustain drives and were held scoreless in the third quarter. It wasn't until the Steelers final possession of the game that Roethlisberger was finally able to drive the offense down the field.

2018 Week 12 vs DEN (41 / 56 / 462 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)

This was the tale of two halves for Roethlisberger. In the first half, Roethlisberger was completing distributing the ball all over the field accurately and keeping all of his receivers involved. Roethlisberger had a play in the first half where his receivers were completely covered downfield. He moved well within the pocket and pump faked the ball three or four times which allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to shake loose from his coverage for a completion. Roethlisberger finished the first half of the game with 25 completed pass attempts. Things were even great starting the second half. Even with turnovers by other players, Roethlisberger was keeping his team in the game with his mobility within the pocket. Things changed quickly for Roethlisberger after his 97-yard strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger was knocked down on the play and went back to the locker room for further evaluation. Roethlisberger came back before the next series started and proceeded to throw an interception, his second worst pass of the day. Roethlisberger overthrew his receiver, stood flatfooted, and did not put any velocity on the pass. Roethlisbergers worst pass attempt came on his last attempt of the game with the Steelers only down seven points. Roethlisberger led his team down to the two-yard line and were poised to send the game into overtime. Roethlisberger bobbled the snap, pulled the ball back on an RPO when it could have been punched in for a TD by Conner, and threw a ball in the middle of the field which was intercepted by a defensive lineman. Roethlisberger didnt see the lineman drop into coverage and the ball would have likely been intercepted by the defender covering Brown if it wasnt intercepted by the lineman. The entire last play was broken from the start.

2018 Week 11 vs JAX (27 / 47 / 314 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)

There was no point during the first half where Ben Roethlisberger had the opportunity to get into a rhythm. It didn't help how well the Jaguars defenders were at catching his passes. One big difference in Week 11 versus previous weeks was the initial offensive game plan. Generally, the offense gives Ben Roethlisberger the opportunity to throw easy passes (wide receiver screens/hitches and running back check downs). The Jaguars were ready for Roethlisberger early and didn't even allow Ben Roethlisberger to convert a quarterback sneak to keep their first drive of the game alive. The game only turned worse from there for Ben Roethlisberger with three interceptions. Roethlisberger's first interception came in the second quarter when he was trying to hit Antonio Brown in the deep middle of the field. Unfortunately, Jalen Ramsey, who blanketed Brown all day, made a great play on a ball Roethlisberger underthrew. Two possessions later Roethlisberger rolled out to his right and forced a ball to Antonio Brown. Again, Roethlisberger's inaccuracy, this time on an overthrow, bit the Steelers. Brown was being double covered, and Roethlisberger's pass was easily intercepted. Things almost got worse to start the fourth quarter with Roethlisberger throwing another interception. This interception was called back due to a roughing the passer penalty, which was a terrible call. Roethlisberger's final interception came with the Steelers already down nine points. Roethlisberger, again, forced the ball to Antonio Brown in the end zone while being covered by Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey broke up the pass by staying in Brown's back pocket and made a juggling catch for an interception. Late in the third quarter Roethlisberger had his longest, and easies, pass of the day to Antonio Brown on a broken coverage deep for a 78-yard pass play. Things really got exciting for with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter and down ten points. Roethlisberger threw his best pass of the day, a back-shoulder pass, to JuJu Smith-Schuster to convert a second and short but picked up a large chunk of yards and would bring the Steelers within three points of tying. On the final drive of the game, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field on seven plays for 68 yards. On the last touch of the game Roethlisberger lunged and barely scored a touchdown by reaching the football out.

2018 Week 10 vs CAR (22 / 25 / 328 / 5 / 0 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)

This may have been Ben Roethlisberger's best game of his entire career. He had more touchdowns than completions and finished the contest with a perfect passer rating. Roethlisberger's first incompletion of the game came after going 8/9 passing through his first three possessions. Roethlisberger's game started off with a perfect throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster. After dropping back to pass Roethlisberger pump faked and froze the defender covering Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger's delivered a pinpoint pass to Smith-Schuster, allowing his wide receiver to not break his stride and score a touchdown. Roethlisberger was getting everyone involved through the entire contest, even the full back Roosevelt Nix, and showing trust in Ryan Switzer to convert two tough third downs. Roethlisberger's second deep touchdown of the game was to Antonio Brown. Brown had a step on his defender and Roethlisberger again threw a perfect ball over the defender which dropped right into Antonio Brown's hands. The hits only kept coming for Roethlisberger. In the third quarter, after a special teams turnover for the Panthers, when the Steelers were in the red zone, Roethlisberger looks off the safety and checks down to Jaylen Samuels who leaps into the endzone for a touchdown.

2018 Week 9 vs BAL (28 / 47 / 270 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)

Coming into the game there were concerns with Roethlisberger's fractured left index finger and how it would impact his play. Fortunately, it was the left hand of Roethlisberger and he didn't show signs of slowing down. In fact, the Steelers appeared to be opting for high percentage throws for Roethlisberger and allowing his playmakers to do the work. For example, one both of Roethlisberger's touchdown passes he hit his pass-catchers at, or before, the line of scrimmage and allowed them both to do the rest of the work. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense were also getting away with mistakes all day. In the second quarter, Roethlisberger almost threw an interception in the endzone when he was trying to force the ball to Antonio Brown. Also, in the second quarter, Roethlisberger threw a pass to Conner out of the backfield and was almost picked off when it bounced off Conner's hands. The best, and smartest, play of Ben Roethlisberger's day came on the last play of the Steelers' last series. The game was within seven points and Ben Roethlisberger opted to not throw the ball and took a sack. Taking the sack and not throwing a possible incomplete pass allowed the clock to continue to tick down on the Ravens. Luckily, Roethlisberger made it out of the game healthy. In the second half Roethlisberger landed awkwardly on his shoulder and came out of the game for one play. Roethlisberger came right back in and promptly dropped a dime deep to tight end Jesse James.

2018 Week 8 vs CLE (24 / 36 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

From the start of the game it was apparent the Steelers wanted to give Roethlisberger easy throws. Roethlisberger's first three throws were either wide receiver screen passes or a pass to Vance McDonald out of the backfield. Everything was short and close to the line of scrimmage. When Roethlisberger did take his first shot further downfield he forced a ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster and was intercepted. After starting slow in the first quarter Roethlisberger was able to get the offense moving in the second quarter. You could see the offense was starting to click between Roethlisberger before his first touchdown pass. He hit Brown three out of four times throwing on the drive. On the touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger pump faked and froze the safety in the middle of the field. This prevented the defender from helping over the top and for Brown to easily get behind his defender. On Roethlisberger's second touchdown drive all the receiving weapons were working for the Steelers. Roethlisberger delivered an accurate ball on a back shoulder throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster after resetting his feet and hit JuJu Smith-Schuster on a fourth down over the middle for a big conversion to keep the drive alive. Roethlisberger was able to finish the drive by putting the ball into Antonio Brown's hands quickly on a perfectly placed wide receiver screen. Roethlisberger finished the first half of the game on fire going nine for nine.

2018 Week 6 vs CIN (32 / 46 / 369 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

It took Roethlisberger almost the entire first quarter to find his rhythm and pass the ball to one of his receivers. In fact, Roethlisberger did not complete a pass to a wide receiver the Steelers third possession and Roethlisberger's ninth pass attempt. Things picked up quickly for Roethlisberger after hitting Antonio Brown for the first time. Ben's best throw of the game went to JuJu Smith-Schuster on what looked like a touchdown but was called down at the one-yard line.

2018 Week 5 vs ATL (19 / 29 / 250 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

This is Roethlisberger's lowest attempt game of the season and you could see the lower attempts came from a combination of hitting on longer pass plays and having balance to the offense. Early on Roethlisberger relied on James Conner to be the team's offense. Bringing the defense closer to the line of scrimmage. As soon as the Falcons defense crept up Roethlisberger was able to attack deep. Roethlisberger allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to make a high-point play for a touchdown early and Ben's best pass of the season to Antonio Brown came off of a nine route where Ben hit Brown in stride for a touchdown. Overall, Roethlisberger was able to hit on two of five attempts traveling 20+ yards for two touchdowns. This is exactly the type of efficient downfield game we are used to from Ben Roethlisberger and hopefully the WiFi connection between him and Brown is fixed.

2018 Week 4 vs BAL (27 / 47 / 274 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Starting the game there wasn't much open down the field for Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens were playing a lot of zone coverage. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense looked to be finding the holes in the second quarter with a big play to Vance McDonald and a well thrown jump ball touchdown to Antonio Brown to tie the game. In the second half the Ravens seemed to have Roethlisberger and crew's number. They were disrupting his timing just enough to take away his top options in the second half and cause two of Roethlisberger's signature pump fakes to be thrown to the ground.

2018 Week 3 vs TB (30 / 38 / 353 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger started Week 3 slowly. His first possession ended with a three and out and his second possession ended on an interception was picked off. The rest of the first half Roethlisberger was on target. Ben Roethlisberger finished the two-minute drill 8-9 for 74 yards and a touchdown. The scoring drive was capped by a short pass to Ryan Switzer. After half time Roethlisberger only had 13 more pass attempts and struggled to sustain drives. At the end of the day the stats look good, but Ben is still missing his on deep targets (1-4 on targets of 30-yards or more).

2018 Week 2 vs KC (39 / 60 / 452 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 1 rush)

Roethlisberger came into the game with an elbow injury and wore a sleeve on his right arm for protection. Ben Roethlisberger did not only need protection for his arm, but he also needed extra protection with his right guard, David DeCastro, out for the game. DeCastro's absence was felt throughout the game and Roethlisberger was moved off his spot and forced to make plays on his own. With their backs against the wall Roethlisberger almost turned the ball over again if it weren't for a holding penalty that negated the play. Through the first half of the game Roethlisberger had over 30 pass attempts, and the Steelers were using the short passing game to supplement the run and was efficient. At one point, Roethlisberger as 9-9 before missing James Washington on a deep end zone target. Ben Roethlisberger wasn't off target through the game, but he had miscommunications with his receivers and was putting more velocity on his throws than Week 1. With the Steelers down by two scores, Roethlisberger rushed for a touchdown with two minutes left in the game.

2018 Week 1 vs CLE (23 / 41 / 335 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)

The new look slimmer Ben Roethlisberger struggled early. His first interception was thrown into heavy coverage, interception two came on a miss-fire to Antonio Brown, and his third came when the Steelers were driving on the Browns. Unfortunately, this was only in the first half. In the second half things didn't get better. Roethlisberger added a fumble in the fourth-quarter and another interception that looked like an interception during overtime. Roethlisberger displayed his signature escapability on a 15-yard run and his uncanny ability to find Antonio Brown for a touchdown, even in double coverage. The elements were largely to blame for such a bad start to Ben's season.


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