Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger haven’t been at recent OTAs

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After the Steelers opened up OTAs without running back Le'Veon Bell last week, wide receiver Antonio Brown offered some advice to his teammate.

Bell is looking for a new contract and Brown said that “you can’t make anything better without showing up.” If Bell had shown up for work at the last few practices, however, he wouldn’t have found Brown there.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown has not been in attendance since taking part in the first two days of OTAs. He’s had some company on the absentee list. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was there the first day, but has not been around since then.

“It’s tough, you wish they were here,” guard David DeCastro said. “It’s a team event, but it’s not real football yet. It’s one of those things, you just look at it as an older guy, just get in shape. It would be great if they were out here, but at the same time we’ll be all right. I think they’ll definitely be all right.”

The practices are voluntary and neither Brown nor Roethlisberger are alone among veteran players around the league who choose not to show up for every session, so DeCastro’s shrug of a response isn’t much of a surprise. It does make advice centered around showing “you want to get better and show guys you’re serious” a bit harder to take.

30 responses to “Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger haven’t been at recent OTAs

  1. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could show up 20 minutes before the game without having gone to camp at all and beat them so what does it matter

  2. Does any other team have players that comment/whine/complain about what other players are doing then this group of teenage girls?

  3. Brown’s comment wasn’t about OTAs. It was about the fact that this will be the 2nd year in a row that Bell will not show up until the all offseason activity has concluded. So if you are going to use that in context – at least use it in the right context. Brown and Ben have both been regular participants in OTAs and have been there this year – just not every practice. Brown was also a participant at OTAs, even when he was trying to renegotiate his contract terms. So yeah, great article….

  4. Roethlisberger and Brown have both played some football over the years. They don’t need to be at every practice in May.

  5. steelcurtainn says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    No need to go and risk injury for the veterans as Big Ben and AB. They shouldn’t be there.

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    steelerdeathstar says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    Roethlisberger and Brown have both played some football over the years. They don’t need to be at every practice in May

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    These are both correct and true. All the big names on other teams that atent at OTAs its for these same reasons. The press makes up a lot of soap opera stuff. But its reall exactly what the above two commenters are saying.

  6. If Brady, Gronk, Roethliesberger, AB, et al, who are missing these OTA’s, go on to have their usual great years, I think you will see quite a few veteran players start skipping OTA’s.

  7. neatpete1 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    Two more guys that aren’t at OTAs because they are sick of Belichick.
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    POST OF THE DAY!!!! TAKE A BOW!!!
    LMFAO!!!!

  8. The notion that skipping SPRING ota’s is detrimental to teams because guys like Ben, Brown, Gronk and Brady skip them is silly. One could argue that by not being there they put pressure on and give more reps to the less experienced that results in quicker development. If you can’t catch a pass or learn the offense without them, then sure as hell aren’t going to when they do show up.

  9. neatpete1 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    Two more guys that aren’t at OTAs because they are sick of Belichick.

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    Sure but unlike Gronk and Brady, Ben and AB are sick of BB beating them…

  10. The Truth says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could show up 20 minutes before the game without having gone to camp at all and beat them so what does it matter

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    Nice troll. The Steelers were the better team in their meeting last year, only losing due to a broken catch rule that has now been fixed.

  11. Brown can get on my nerves with his elaborate post-TD antics and posting private locker-room moments, but no one on the team works harder at getting and staying in shape. Brady is probably the most prepared player in the NFL, and he doesn’t attend OTAs, either. As someone else said, Brown was talking about Bell missing all of camp and preseason. It’s common for seasoned veterans to skip all or some of the OTAs, and the only story here is why DeCastro is being divisive by complaining to the media about internal team issues. If he has a problem, he should pick up the phone and call Brown and Roethlisberger.

  12. Fans tend to think of these guys as if they are part of a team like we were in HS or college. These folks are independent contractors and are’t motivated by the team or the teams success, other than how it relates to there personal bottom line. I’m just a fan and root for my team. I could care less about how any of this stuff effects their personal “business”.

  13. “nhpats says:
    May 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    neatpete1 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    Two more guys that aren’t at OTAs because they are sick of Belichick.

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    Sure but unlike Gronk and Brady, Ben and AB are sick of BB beating them…”

    Except neither beat them last year, sport. Bad call by refs. Clearly was a TD and you know it. The ball was under James’ hand. Nice pathetic try at a diversion though.

  14. neatpete1 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    Two more guys that aren’t at OTAs because they are sick of Belichick.

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    Shut it down, boys. Neatpete wins the Internet for today, back at it tomorrow.

  15. hbk314 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    The Truth says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could show up 20 minutes before the game without having gone to camp at all and beat them so what does it matter

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    Nice troll. The Steelers were the better team in their meeting last year, only losing due to a broken catch rule that has now been fixed.

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    And here the rest of us thought the “better team” is the one that scores the most points.

  16. Perhaps Big Ben and AB are skipping OTAs because they are waiting for Bill Belichick to explain why Malcolm Butler was on the bench for Super Bowl LII

  17. hbk314 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    The Truth says:
    May 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could show up 20 minutes before the game without having gone to camp at all and beat them so what does it matter

    ________________________________________________

    Nice troll. The Steelers were the better team in their meeting last year, only losing due to a broken catch rule that has now been fixed.

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    And yet another Steelers fan running with the ‘it doesnt matter that we lost we are still the better team’ thing. Dont you guys realize that if you had really lost all those games to teams your were better than that would be even more pathetic? Ill give you benefit of the doubt and just say you got beat.

  18. hbk314 says:

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    And yet another Steelers fan running with the ‘it doesnt matter that we lost we are still the better team’ thing. Dont you guys realize that if you had really lost all those games to teams your were better than that would be even more pathetic? Ill give you benefit of the doubt and just say you got beat.
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    Like you got beat by a backup QB in the Super Bowl? Pats fans are so delusional when they win games year in and year out thanks to the good ol’ boys refs and claim they’re superior. We all watch the dog and pony show that happens every year, but keep thinking that’s we’re lucky because we’re good crap, nobody is buying it. 5 years ago I watched my Browns thump your pats up 26-14 with 1:19 left only to watch in horror as the refs walk Brady up the field 70 + yards in less than 30 seconds with 2 bogus Pass interference calls. This is pretty much routine for your beloved Pats. You can barely beat a Browns team without ref assistance but claim you’re the best team ever.. give us a break.

  19. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    May 31, 2018 at 1:47 am
    hbk314 says:

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    And yet another Steelers fan running with the ‘it doesnt matter that we lost we are still the better team’ thing. Dont you guys realize that if you had really lost all those games to teams your were better than that would be even more pathetic? Ill give you benefit of the doubt and just say you got beat.
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    Like you got beat by a backup QB in the Super Bowl? Pats fans are so delusional when they win games year in and year out thanks to the good ol’ boys refs and claim they’re superior. We all watch the dog and pony show that happens every year, but keep thinking that’s we’re lucky because we’re good crap, nobody is buying it. 5 years ago I watched my Browns thump your pats up 26-14 with 1:19 left only to watch in horror as the refs walk Brady up the field 70 + yards in less than 30 seconds with 2 bogus Pass interference calls. This is pretty much routine for your beloved Pats. You can barely beat a Browns team without ref assistance but claim you’re the best team ever.. give us a break.

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    Lol. So you are bitter and angry about it. Got it.

  20. Clown and Little Ben will surely be at the ODAs, the Organized Diva Activities.

  21. Ben was dismayed when the Steelers took a QB in
    third round. He felt that it wasn’t a need ( despite fact he
    talked retirement). Ben believed that a position player
    would help close the allegedly narrow gap between them
    and New England.
    I guess Ben believes that his presence and efforts
    are not necessary to close that gap. Yes Brady is not
    at OTA’s but the prep and hard work Brady has put in over the
    years is a big reason for the Patriots susces. Perhaps Ben
    realizes that no matter how many OTA’S and effort he puts in
    he will never catch up to Brady.
    I am not a Patriot fan…I used to be a Steeler fan until I saw the
    difference between Tomlin and Belichick then Brady and Ben.

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