Leading into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ preseason matchup against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was looking to urge as many snaps in as he could. He got 16, and therefore the six-time Pro Bowler did about also with those snaps as he could have, looking comfortable, composed, and accurate in Pittsburgh’s 26-20 win.
“I thought he did a pleasant job,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said following the sport. “I thought we got what we wanted to urge accomplished. Getting conversant in administering the offense during a stadium-like circumstance. I assumed he did an excellent job of communicating. He made good and fluid decisions and that we were ready to move the ball.” Roethlisberger’s three drives saw him complete 8 of 10 passes for 137 yards with an extended of 46 to rookie back Najee Harris and a pair of touchdown throws to rookie end Pat Freiermuth.
Roethlisberger checked out home with fresh-faced teammates and during a new system under offensive coordinator Matt Canada. “I got one hit, which is sweet, I always wish to get one when the ball’s a minimum of gone out of my hands,” said Roethlisberger, who wasn’t sacked within the game. “But beat all, it feels good to be out there and do this .” After a punt on the opening drive, Roethlisberger pushed the Steelers down the sector on back-to-back scoring drives for a 14-0 lead.
It was Roethlisberger’s first preseason action and he was happy to be back on the sector and within the mix. Of utmost importance going forward, Roethlisberger came away feeling good all-around health-wise. “I feel great,” he said. “My arm feels pretty good, compared to last year. I felt good, but I didn’t know quite how it should feel. It feels pretty good immediately .” Indeed, Roethlisberger looked considerably like his old self during a new offense and a replacement year.