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Ben Roethlisberger | Quarterback | #7

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 241
College: Miami (OH)
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
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Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday he wants the Steelers to go for two-point conversions after every touchdown this season.
Big Ben said he's "discussed it" with coach Mike Tomlin. "Why not?" Roethlisberger said. "Put it in our hands. I want the ball. Any player would relish that opportunity." The Steelers converted the most two-pointers in the league last season, executing eight while the next-best team only executed four. Pittsburgh also led the NFL with 11 two-point attempts. While going for two every touchdown probably won't happen, a likely uptick in two-point tries is good news for Roethlisberger's fantasy outlook and bad news for the Steelers' kicker. Jun 15 - 6:28 AM
Source: FOX Sports

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Ben Roethlisberger has lost 15 pounds this offseason using a "high-cardio" workout plan.

"He couldn't really work out because he kept getting hurt," agent Ryan Tollner said. "I think he said after the season, you know what, I'm going to lose weight to alleviate potential pain in my joints." Roethlisberger "only" missed four games last season, but he dealt with an MCL sprain, a bone bruise in his knee, a foot sprain, a week in the concussion protocol and a separated shoulder suffered during the playoffs. Getting in better shape can only help his chances of staying healthy, especially as he heads into his mid-30s.
Source: ESPN
Apr 5 - 9:11 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said Ben Roethlisberger has "three to four more good years in his prime."

"We're excited to see what he can do in that time period and what we can do to help him be successful," Colbert continued. Steelers president Art Rooney II expressed similar sentiments after the season, saying the team is not yet thinking about life after Roethlisberger. Ben just turned 34 in March, but he may not have as long a shelf life as quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Drew Brees after taking beating after beating throughout his career. The Steelers need to at least invest in a quality backup as Roethlisberger gets older. He missed four games last season.
Source: ESPN
Mar 29 - 9:19 AM

The Steelers offense scored 6.4 fewer points a game without suspended WR Martavis Bryant in the lineup over the last two seasons.

The most noticeable split occurred in Bryant's rookie year. After struggling through the first six games, the offense took off once Bryant made his NFL debut. Ben Roethlisberger averaged almost six fewer fantasy points in the nine games he played without Bryant over the last two seasons. The Steelers added help in free agency with Ladarius Green, and sophomore Sammie Coates should be able to help fill the hole left by Bryant. Still, this offense should take a step back without Bryant on the field.
Mar 14 - 8:49 AM

Steelers president Art Rooney II says the team still isn't thinking about life beyond Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger has been playing the best football of his career the past two seasons, but is going on 34. He's grown increasingly prone to injury, dealing with knee, foot and shoulder issues in 2015. That's in addition to a concussion. At the very least, the Steelers need to get serious about finding a viable backup. Michael Vick and Landry Jones didn't get the job done in 2016. Roethlisberger is signed through 2019.
Jan 28 - 3:24 PM

Ben Roethlisberger said he will not need surgery on his injured shoulder.

"From what I’ve been told by [Dr. James] Bradley, no surgery," Roethlisberger said in a radio interview. "The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee possibly down the road is cleaning out the arthritis and scars. I don’t foresee any surgeries anytime soon." Roethlisberger should be 100 percent well before training camp. He will be a top-five option even in a loaded quarterback group next season.
Jan 19 - 12:18 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-37 passes for 339 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Broncos.

Amid arm strength concerns following last week's shoulder injury, Roethlisberger fired two deep attempts early, the first overthrown badly down the left sideline before the second bounced off Markus Wheaton's chest in the end zone. Big Ben got the vast majority of his first-half yardage on poorly-covered completions to Darrius Heyward-Bey (58 yards), Sammie Coates (37), and Martavis Bryant (23). The Broncos' secondary seemed to have frequent breakdowns with CB Chris Harris (shoulder) in and out of the lineup, leaving Bryant wide open all too often. The Steelers were ultimately overwhelmed by the Broncos' defense -- especially in scoring position -- bringing to end an injury-plagued, but very often explosive 2015 season for Roethlisberger. Big Ben should be locked in as a top-five fantasy quarterback pick in 2016 re-draft leagues.
Jan 17 - 8:08 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

Despite being listed questionable, Big Ben was never expected to miss this one. The Steelers, however, will be without DeAngelo Williams (foot) and Antonio Brown (concussion) on Sunday. Also inactive for the Steelers are Michael Vick, CB Doran Grant, FB Will Johnson, OT Byron Stingily, and DE Leterrius Walton. Roethlisberger is expected to have the full playbook available.
Jan 17 - 3:17 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) will have the full playbook available to him for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapsheet notes Roethlisberger's arm won't be at full strength, which is understandable given the beating he took last week against the Bengals. However, Roethlisberger was a full participant at Friday's practice and played well enough to draw praise from teammates Martavis Bryant and Will Johnson. With Roethlisberger at less than 100 percent, we'd expect the Steelers to rely heavily on short passes. RB Fitzgerald Toussaint was targeted eight times against Cincinnati and should see a similar workload Sunday against Denver.
Jan 17 - 9:14 AM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, questionable) was a full participant at Friday's practice.

It sounds like Roethlisberger is in surprisingly good shape after suffering torn ligaments in his shoulder. Martavis Bryant said Roethlisberger's arm strength looked "the same as usual" Friday, while FB Will Johnson said Ben was able to complete "pretty much the whole route tree." Roethlisberger said earlier this week that he would be hurting his team if he couldn't make passes 25 to 30 yards downfield, but that no longer appears to be a concern. The biggest issue is how the Steelers will move the ball against the league's best defense without Antonio Brown (concussion). Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton will need to bring their A-games for Pittsburgh to pull the upset.
Jan 15 - 2:14 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

He's fully expected to play. The Steelers aren't going to go into this one without all three of Antonio Brown (concussion), DeAngelo Williams (foot), and Big Ben, and the aforementioned two have already been ruled out. Roethlisberger isn't near 100 percent, but he and Fitzgerald Toussaint will have to put the Steelers on their back if they have any chance at a win.
Jan 15 - 12:47 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) returned to Steelers practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Per beat writer Mark Kaboly, Roethlisberger was "very" limited. Roethlisberger is fully expected to start Sunday's game against the Broncos, but he'll be nowhere close to 100 percent, and likely missing Antonio Brown (concussion). Big Ben won't be more than a contrarian play in DFS leagues against the Broncos' imposing defense.
Jan 14 - 3:48 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.

Roethlisberger didn't make any throws in an effort to rest his shoulder. The Steelers were expected to hold him out until Thursday. Roethlisberger remains on track to play, but isn't going to be close to fully healthy.
Jan 13 - 5:24 PM

In a radio interview, Ben Roethlisberger said he has torn ligaments in his right (throwing) shoulder in addition to a sprained AC joint.

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Monday Roethlisberger is "very likely" to play Sunday against the Broncos, but Roethlisberger did not sound as sure in the interview. He will certainly be limited even if he suits up. Likely without Antonio Brown (concussion), unable to push the ball downfield and playing against the best defense in the league, Roethlisberger will struggle to move the ball. It could be a long day for Pittsburgh.
Jan 12 - 11:41 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is "very likely" to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

This meshes with a similar report from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Sunday, which said the Steelers were "optimistic" Roethlisberger would be able to play. In Week 15 against Denver, Big Ben threw for 380 yards and a 3:2 TD:INT ratio on 55 attempts. He's going to need Antonio Brown to gain clearance from the concussion protocol to have any chance at those numbers.
Jan 11 - 10:28 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Brandon Brown-Dukes
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1David Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Issac Blakeney
4Eli Rogers
5Canaan Severin
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Shakim Phillips
5Levi Norwood
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Ladarius Green
2Jesse James
3Matt Spaeth
4Xavier Grimble
5Paul Lang
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Matt Feiler
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
4Quinton Schooley
RG1David DeCastro
2Cole Manhart
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jerald Hawkins
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell