Ben Roethlisberger to play Saturday, excited for ‘newness’ of Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will acquire the subject for the first time in this preseason on Saturday night versus the Detroit Lions.

For how long, however, is unclear.

“We will participate in it by ear. We have a approach, but we’re keen to adjust that approach dependent on what it is we see in-stadium,” mentor Mike Tomlin said, declining to elaborate even more.

The 39-calendar year-aged quarterback usually started off the 3rd preseason sport in the former four-sport preseason structure. In 2019, he played a few quick sequence versus Tennessee prior to exiting in the first quarter.

To Roethlisberger, the require to participate in Saturday is precipitated by new offensive coordinator Matt Canada and his new offensive plan. It will be Roethlisberger’s first prospect to do the job with Canada in-sport.

“Since we’ve got a new program,” Roethlisberger said, detailing why he requires to participate in. “You will find a new mentor, participant conversation in terms of a new guy, the offense is distinct. He is up in the box as in comparison to on the subject.

“You will find a whole lot of newness. I feel it really is prudent to get as substantially time as I can in underneath these situation.”

And when the newness could be daunting as he enters his 18th season, Roethlisberger is embracing the challenge.

“It just about refocuses you in a way, if that makes feeling,” Roethlisberger said. “If this was continue to the exact same stuff, I might possibly go home, watch the movie and be all set to shift on.

“Past night I went home, viewed the movie and then went again around it again just to refresh it in my brain. I just feel mainly because it really is distinct, I want to make positive I am not the reason we wrestle.”

Like his mentor, Roethlisberger was also coy on just how substantially motion he expects to see Saturday — or requires to see to really feel snug with Canada.

“I would enjoy to get as lots of reps as I can,” Roethlisberger said. “It can be been how lots of months given that I have stepped on a football subject to acquire a hit or participate in. I know it really is preseason, but just meaningful styles of reps. With the newness of it, I might like to get as substantially as I can.”

But precisely how substantially?

“It can be possibly a progressive-variety respond to,” he said. “I really don’t know. I guess it relies upon on how it really is likely, how it feels.”

Roethlisberger lobbied to get on the subject even before than Saturday, voicing his desire to participate in a 7 days back in Philadelphia to get ready for the 7 days one sport in Buffalo.

“I actually wanted to try and participate in previous 7 days mainly because it was on the road,” Roethlisberger said. “It would’ve been our first prospect to participate in on the road with situation and predicaments like group sounds and points like that prior to we go into a quite hostile surroundings in 7 days one. But mentor, I could not discuss him into it.”

To get ready for Saturday’s outing, Roethlisberger had a large workload all through the 7 days, starting with Tuesday’s observe. In just one seven-on-seven period, Roethlisberger finished 11 of 12 tries, and in a team period, he aired a deep go out to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who conquer Tre Norwood and Justin Layne to make the diving catch.

Roethlisberger failed to acquire a working day off in the a few-observe stretch, modifying up the schedule from before in camp in which he totally practiced just one working day prior to having a 50 % working day followed by a working day off.

“I questioned mentor if I could acquire as lots of reps and I could this 7 days just mainly because it really is been a when and I wanted to simulate a sport 7 days,” he said.

To even more his preparation, Roethlisberger used further time examining sport movie at home.

“If you feel about it, on each participate in, go participate in, I have to know what five men are accomplishing,” Roethlisberger said. “It can be not just just one guy or what I am accomplishing. I have to know what the scorching is and what each precise guy is accomplishing. There will be instances in which I know what a few of them are accomplishing, and then it really is, ‘Wait, what is this guy accomplishing again?’ I just have to try and refresh in my brain.”