The Pittsburgh Steelers might love to be done answering questions regarding players who are gone. Ben Roethlisberger, instead, hopes to focus on what the players in the construction bring to the table.
At his youth football camp over the weekend, Big Ben said he’s excited for the team that currently wears the yellow and black.
“I’m excited, I really am excited in what we have,” Roethlisberger told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “We place a lot of work in, that’s what it’s going to occur, it is going to have a team effort. See where it belongs and we are all going to give all we have. We can not predict the future, but we could predict we’re going to give everything we have.”
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Gone would be Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but it’s not like Big Ben is currently playing with scrap meat. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a legit No. 1 receiver. James Conner was a menacing workhorse runner. Vance McDonald is a bulldozing tight end and trustworthy target. Free-agent receiver Donte Moncrief has received offseason praise within the construction and may eventually assemble consistency to proceed with physical talent. Ryan Switzer is a slot that seems to have gained the trust of Big Ben. And it would shock no one if one of the Steelers’ other draft picks at recipient morphs to a playmaker, whether that’s second-year WR James Washington or rookie Diontae Johnson.
Sure, replacing Brown and Bell is simpler said than done, but provided that a Hall of Famer like Roethlisberger is under center, the Steelers’ offense should be fine, even if it’s less explosive. If the defense finally begins to grab, Pittsburgh will remain in the playoff hunt.
Besides expecting new, younger players, Big Ben is reveling in the dramatic nature of the 2019 Steelers.
“It’s been a little crazy the last few years, possibly more so than usual that we’re used to dealing with,” Roethlisberger said. “To sort of get back to quote unquote normalcy is sort of nice.”
Whether that normalcy becomes a winner with different faces will be the question surrounding Pittsburgh before the season starts.
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