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Ben Roethlisberger | Quarterback | #7

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: Miami (OH)
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
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Ben Roethlisberger completed 17-of-25 passes for 252 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.
With Le'Veon Bell rolling, the Steelers did not ask Roethlisberger to do much except occasionally send passes toward Antonio Brown, who finished with an 8/155/1 line on ten targets. It was an understandable game plan after Ben threw five interceptions last week -- his pick today was Brown's fault, but the touchdown to Brown should have been intercepted, making it a wash -- and the Steelers could use the same approach moving forward. Still without a multi-touchdown game since Week 2, Roethlisberger will not be a top-12 quarterback against the Bengals next week. Oct 15 - 7:34 PM

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Ben Roethlisberger believes he is still "one of the best" quarterbacks.

Following a tough loss in which he threw five interceptions, Roethlisberger openly questioned if he had "it anymore," but it sounds like the comments simply came out of frustration. Asked if his flirtation with retirement over the offseason has affected his play, Roethlisberger said, "If I didn't care, a game like Sunday wouldn't bother me." Regardless of the reason, Ben has struggled so far this year, and he will not be a must-start option in Kansas City this week.
Oct 10 - 11:43 AM

Following his five-interception performance Week 5, Ben Roethlisberger said, "Maybe I don't have it anymore."

It was reportedly just a "stream-of-consciousness moment," but it is a telling comment from a player who considered retirement this offseason. Roethlisberger also said he needs to improve "everywhere." Averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt, which would easily be a career low, and with just two touchdowns in the last three games, Roethlisberger is not a fantasy option right now.
Oct 8 - 5:07 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 33-of-55 passes for 312 yards and five interceptions in the Steelers' Week 5 loss to the Jaguars.

Ben started out strong with a great throw down the right sideline for a 49-yard gain to Antonio Brown, but it was all downhill from there as he imploded with five interceptions including four in the second half. His first was a throw slightly behind Vance McDonald which was undercut in the first half, his second was a bad decision where he did not appear to see Telvin Smith in coverage, the third was a high pass to Brown which was knocked out of his hands and into the waiting arms of Barry Church, the fourth came after JuJu Smith-Schuster fell down, and the fifth was almost a give-up throw late in the game. The second and third were returned for touchdowns, all but ending the game in the third quarter. Roethlisberger has now failed to throw for multiple scores three games in a row, and this was his first game with more than 300 yards since Week 10 of last year. It took 55 attempts and a lot of garbage time to make it happen. He will not be a top-12 option next week in Kansas City.
Oct 8 - 4:09 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 18-of-30 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception while losing a yard on one carry Sunday in the Steelers’ Week 4 win over the Ravens.

He was sacked once for a loss of eight yards. This wasn't vintage Roethlisberger, but at least he had a rapport going with Martavis Bryant and impressive rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. He was less successful throwing to Antonio Brown, who had an uncharacteristically quiet showing. Ben came out hot, completing all four passes for 49 yards on Pittsburgh’s opening drive and later steered Pittsburgh to a 19-point lead by finding Smith-Schuster for an 11-yard score late in the first half. Roethlisberger’s interception wasn’t his fault as Brown bobbled it right into the hands of Eric Weddle on a play where it looked like Brown may have been down by contact. Big Ben gets the Jaguars at home in Week 5.
Oct 1 - 5:49 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-39 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and rushed once for six yards Sunday in the Steelers’ Week 3 loss to the Bears.

Big Ben was sacked three times for a loss of 23 yards. Roethlisberger didn’t show much on Sunday, missing on almost all of his downfield tries and losing a crucial fumble on the Steelers’ second drive. The only time he had success was when he targeted Antonio Brown, who soaked up 10 catches for a team-high 110 yards. The 35-year-old has gotten off to a slow start, failing to top 300 yards passing in any of his three games this season. He’ll look to get back on track next week against the Ravens.
Sep 24 - 5:50 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 23-of-35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

The yards don't look great, but Big Ben threw a ton of deep balls in this one that resulted in a number of defensive penalties called against the Minnesota DBs. He was looking for Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant behind the defense often, but only found Bryant once for a 51-yard pickup. Ben's two scores were a 27-yard crossing pattern to Bryant and a short shovel pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster at the goal line. Brown was stuck on 3-28 receiving much of the afternoon. Big Ben will be a borderline QB1 next week on the road at the Bears.
Sep 17 - 4:33 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-36 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday’s win over the Browns.

Roethlisberger threw a pair of red zone scores to tight end Jesse James, but struggled to get the ball to anyone other than Antonio Brown in this game. He was 11-of-11 passing for 182 yards when targeting Brown while 13-of-25 passing for just 81 yards when throwing the ball anywhere else. A notorious meandering fantasy performer on the road, Roethlisberger heads home to face a tough Minnesota defense in Week 2.
Sep 10 - 4:59 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 6-of-9 passes for 73 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday’s in the Steelers’ third preseason game.

He was also sacked once for a loss of four yards. Roethlisberger was stripped by John Simon on Pittsburgh’s opening possession but rebounded by completing 5-of-7 passes for 64 yards on his second and final drive of the night. Most of those yards went to Antonio Brown and Eli Rogers, who combined for 55 yards on four catches. This was Roethlisberger’s preseason debut and probably the last we’ll see of him with Pittsburgh likely to sit its starters in Thursday’s finale. Big Ben will enter 2017 as a back-end QB1.
Aug 26 - 11:10 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team has "to be prepared" for life after Ben Roethlisberger.

That said, the GM does not think Roethlisberger is done. "I think there’s a lot of football left," Colbert qualified. "I see a lot of fire. I see much more fire than I do resignation." Heading into his age-35 season, Roethlisberger appears to be taking things year by year, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he is undecided on his playing future after this season. Even if he decides to keep playing, the Steelers need a quality backup plan behind the injury-prone starter. They hope that plan turns out to be fourth-rounder Josh Dobbs, who will start the preseason opener Friday night.
Aug 10 - 8:48 AM

Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he is undecided on continuing his playing career in 2018.

Although Roethlisberger's 2017 offseason retirement considerations weren't taken seriously in the media, several folks around him insist Ben indeed considered calling it quits. Over the past two seasons alone, Roethlisberger has suffered an MCL sprain/bone bruise, mid-foot sprain, concussion, AC sprain with torn ligaments in throwing shoulder, and torn meniscus. Roethlisberger revealed his wife, Ashley, wants him to retire soon, and mentioned "this new study that came out that 90 percent of players’ brains who were studied had CTE." Big Ben turned 35 in March.
Jul 28 - 1:45 PM

Former teammate Willie Colon said Ben Roethlisberger "seriously" considered retirement this offseason.

"I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously," Colon said. "He’s dealt with a lot of injuries." The Steelers did not seem particularly concerned about the retirement rumors this spring, but perhaps they should be moving forward. Ben turns 36 next March and could take retirement even more "seriously" if he deals with more injuries. Perhaps preparing for the future, the Steelers drafted Josh Dobbs in the fourth round.
May 16 - 11:06 AM

Ben Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for the 2017 season.

Big surprise. Roethlisberger contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship this past January, but nobody, including his own coach Mike Tomlin, gave it more than a passing thought. In a statement on Twitter, Roethlisberger said, "Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best!" Roethlisberger's retirement threats will probably become an annual rite of passage. The 35-year-old is under contract through 2019.
Apr 7 - 2:54 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said people have "read too much into" Ben Roethlisberger's retirement comments and "are making more out of it than what it is."

"I think it’s a very reasonable discussion when you get to 35," Tomlin added. "It’s probably not the first year he’s gone through that process and it probably won’t be the last if he continues." Tomlin seems unconcerned by the retirement talk, and there has not been any indication the Steelers are taking the discussion seriously. Roethlisberger will almost certainly return in 2017.
Mar 27 - 6:23 PM

When asked about returning for the 2017 season, Ben Roethlisberger said, "I'm leaning toward it."

Roethlisberger hinted at retirement after losing to New England in the AFC Championship, but nobody ever bought it. From overselling his injuries to retirement contemplations, Roethlisberger has always had a drama-queen streak. Big Ben is owed $46 million over the final three years of his deal. It would be an absolute stunner if the 35-year-old decided to hang up his cleats.
Mar 19 - 9:50 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Josh Dobbs
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3Terrell Watson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2JuJu Smith-Schuster
3Eli Rogers
WR21Martavis Bryant
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Justin Hunter
WR31JuJu Smith-Schuster
TE1Jesse James
2Vance McDonald
3Xavier Grimble
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
LG1Ramon Foster
2B.J. Finney
C1Maurkice Pouncey
RG1David DeCastro
2Matt Feiler
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Chris Hubbard
K1Chris Boswell