Ben Roethlisberger
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1 week ago

Following Sunday's playoff loss to the Jaguars, Roethlisberger indicated that he plans to play in 2018, ESPN's Katherine Terrell reports. "I don't know about contracts and whose coming back but I know the guys up front are, and that makes it good for me, so I look forward to next year with those guys," Roethlisberger noted Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

While the key members of the Steelers offensive line will be back, which Roethlisberger clearly appreciates, it remains to be seen what's in store for star running back Le'Veon Bell, who is looking for a big pay day this offseason and doesn't want to play under the team's franchise tag again. Roethlisberger was a healthy scratch in Week 17, but prior to that he made it through the season without missing a game due to injury, throwing for 4,251 yard, with a 28:14 TD:INT ratio in the process. Roethlisberger is under contract through the 2019 season, but he has at times hinted at retirement. Unless he has a change of heart, however, the 35-year-old is now on track to return next season for his 15th NFL campaign.

Ben Roethlisberger
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1 week ago

Roethlisberger completed 37 of 58 passes for 469 yards, with five touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 45-42 AFC divisional round loss to Jacksonville. He also ran twice for 16 yards, and fumbled once.

EDGE Analysis

Heading into this game, the Steelers had gone 8-0 when scoring 25+ points, and Roethlisberger showed no sign of his age (35) throwing a franchise record five TD passes, but several failed fourth-down attempts, a costly sack and fumble that was returned for a touchdown, and an absentee defense knocked them out of the post season. Roethlisberger hit seven different receivers playing from behind the entire game, and almost tossed a sixth score, but it was ruled a lateral and rushing touchdown for Le'Veon Bell in the final minutes. Clearly Big Ben still has a lot left in the tank, making him a fantasy stud next season so long as he doesn't decide to hand up his cleats.

Ben Roethlisberger
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3 weeks ago

Roethlisberger was inactive (coach's decision) for Sunday's 28-24 win over the Browns, finishing the 2017 season completing 360 of 563 passes for 4,251 yards and 28 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions in 15 games. He also ran 28 times for 47 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Roethlisberger was sacked 21 times this season, the most since 2014, so it was not surprising that Pittsburgh opted to give their veteran quarterback the week off. Although under contact until 2020, Roethlisberger has hinted as recently as this past offseason that he might retire, but walking away from more than $21 million per year is not an easy decision. The Steelers and fantasy owners will have to take a wait-and-see approach in terms of Big Ben's future. Only Tom Brady threw for more yards (4,577) than Roethlisberger this season and, if he returns for the 2018 season, he is most certainly a top 10 fantasy quarterback. In the meantime, Roethlisberger will enjoy another week off as the Steelers have a first-round bye, before returning under center in their Week 19 AFC divisional round game.

Ben Roethlisberger
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3 weeks ago

Roethlisberger (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

There had been rumblings over the last few days that Roethlisberger would be held out of the regular-season finale, but the team never offered confirmation on that front until releasing its inactive list Sunday. With Roethlisberger in street clothes, Landry Jones will make the fifth NFL start of his career, while rookie Joshua Dobbs acts as the backup quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger
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3 weeks ago

The Steelers will rest Roethlisberger and a number of key starters Sunday against the Browns, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been mum regarding how long or if he'll deploy his stars in Week 17, but Rapoport's report was seemingly supported earlier this week by Pittsburgh offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert implying that Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell would be held out in preparation for the postseason. The Steelers could claim the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win and a Patriots loss Sunday, but given the unlikelihood of heavily favored New England dropping a game to the 5-10 Jets, it appears Pittsburgh's primary goal is avoiding injury in the regular-season finale. Roethlisberger could still dress as the backup quarterback over third stringer Josh Dobbs, but it's expected that Landry Jones will direct the offense for all four quarters in his fifth career NFL start.

Ben Roethlisberger
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3 weeks ago

Roethlisberger (non-injury) was held out of practice Friday but doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

The Steelers haven't outright tipped their hand, but Roethlisberger is expected to join Le'Veon Bell on the sideline as a healthy scratch this weekend, despite the passing title and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs on the line. Roethlisberger's DNP/limited/DNP practice regimen this week also supports the suspicion that the coaching staff is preparing Landry Jones for a spot start in the season finale. Expect the Steelers to make a decision on Roethlisberger's availability by the release of inactives 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Ben Roethlisberger
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4 weeks ago

Roethlisberger (non-injury related) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice. According to Tim Benz of TribLive.com, Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert suggested that Roethlisberger won't play Sunday against the Browns, though head coach Mike Tomlin has yet to confirm as much. "Ben's not there [Sunday] so [Cleveland will] get a little taste of [backup quarterback] Landry Jones," Gilbert noted. "We'll have Landry Jones in there. We won't have Ben. Or [Antonio Brown (lower leg)]. Or Le'Veon Bell."

EDGE Analysis

Though the Steelers have secured a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, they could still claim home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a win and a Patriots loss to the Jets in Week 17. With New England a heavy favorite in their game, however, it appears the Steelers may already be conceding a Patriots victory and will instead turn their attention to resting key players Sunday, if Gilbert's comments are to be believed. More information on the status of Roethlisberger -- as well as running back Le'Veon Bell, who Gilbert also said wouldn't play in Week 17 -- should be known no later than shortly after inactives are released about 90 minutes before the Sunday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff. The fact that Roethlisberger was listed as a limited participant would seemingly add credence to Gilbert's acknowledgement that Jones would garner the starting nod at quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger
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1 month ago

Roethlisberger completed 20 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 34-6 win at Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Roethlisberger didn't have to do much with Houston's passing game producing fewer than 100 yards, but he did manage to throw touchdowns of five and 18 yards to Justin Hunter and JuJu Smith-Schuster, respectively, before letting backup Landry Jones take the reins late in the fourth quarter. Even without top target Antonio Brown (calf), Roethlisberger should have no trouble carving up the winless Browns next week in a game his team needs to win to have a shot at home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger
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1 month ago

Roethlisberger completed 22 of 30 passes for 281 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Patriots. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and fumbled once but recovered.

EDGE Analysis

Although Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers for scores, it was a near third touchdown that turned out to be the turning point in the contest. Big Ben appeared to hit Jesse James for a 10-yard score with 28 seconds remaining, but the play was ultimately overturned on replay after it was determined that the Steelers' tight end failed to control the ball all the way through the conclusion of the play. Roethlisberger ultimately then threw an interception on a pass that was deflected off the hands of Eli Rogers and snagged by the Patriots' Duron Harmon in the end zone with five seconds remaining, sealing New England's win. Despite the disappointing finish, the 14-year veteran managed to throw multiple touchdowns for the sixth straight game and posted his third-highest YPA (9.37) of the campaign, both particularly impressive feats considering he played the majority of the contest without Antonio Brown (calf). He'll look to put together another fantasy-friendly effort in a Week 16 tilt against the Texans, although it appears likely he'll have to do so without Brown, who's reportedly likely to miss the contest.

Ben Roethlisberger
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1 month ago1 Comment

Roethlisberger completed 44 of 66 passes for 506 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 39-38 victory over the Ravens. He added five rushing yards on one carry.

EDGE Analysis

Roethlisberger dazzled in primetime while becoming the first player in league history to record three games with at least 500 yards passing. Although he needed a massive workload to do so -- Roethlisberger averaged just 36.3 attempts per game entering Week 14 -- this performance also came against a stingy Ravens secondary that hadn't allowed a 300-yard passing game all season. On deck for Pittsburgh is a Week 15 matchup with New England when Roethlisberger will face off against a Patriots defense that's surrendered just 158 passing yards per game in their last three games to date, which ranks second in the league during that time frame.