Ryan Switzer: No hesitancy, no restraint on Ben Roethlisberger’s throws

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Ben Roethlisberger‘s decision to get a haircut generated a reaction from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the impetus for the trip to the barber shop was a throwing session with teammates.

Roethlisberger had let his hair and beard grow unfettered as he rehabbed from the right elbow surgery that ended his 2019 season and said he wouldn’t cut it until he could make legit NFL throws again. This week’s developments show that Roethlisberger believes he’s reached that level and wide receiver Ryan Switzer agrees with that assessment after catching the passes.

“Man, he let it rip,” Switzer said, via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com. “There was no restraint, no hesitancy, he was just out there. He has been throwing like that for a while and, in my opinion at least, getting out there on that field for the first time and throwing full-speed routes was refreshing. The control factor was taken out of it. He was out there and he was throwing. Did some off-schedule stuff. No restraints. He threw everything — across his body. Everything.”

Switzer caught passes from Roethlisberger in February and called the recent throws “leaps and bounds different” from their earlier sessions, which is another sign that Roethlisberger is on track for a return to the lineup once the entire Steelers team can get on the field.

18 responses to “Ryan Switzer: No hesitancy, no restraint on Ben Roethlisberger’s throws

  1. Well, it sounds like Big Ben may be totally healed. I’m old enough to still remember when Terry Bradshaw’s elbow was declared “healed” after he threw passes to his PT guy in a parking lot. HA! Sports med has come a long way.

    I’m not a big BB fan, but I do wish him well.

  2. Ravens fan here. Glad to see that Ben is progressing well. Ravens/Steelers just isn’t the same without Ben. Looking forward to some great battles this year.

  3. As long as Switzer isn’t on the roster I have faith in him. Hopefully his opinion is more legit than his speed, hands or professional football ability on game day.

  4. It’s only a matter of time before Ben pulls some non-existent muscle.

    Meanwhile, the GOAT is in full pads in the western Florida heat slingin’ it around to kids half his age.

  5. Meanwhile, the GOAT is in full pads in the western Florida heat slingin’ it around to kids half his age.

    Who cares….the thread is about Big Ben try to keep up…yes it’s difficult but try Francis.

    Good news for all Steeler fans…Ben appears to be back?

  6. As a bills fan, I was happy and disappointed that Roethlisberger didn’t play in the Sunday night showdown in Pitt last season. Fans take players for granted until they see a team play without them. Dudes still the real deal.

  7. What is he supposed to say?
    Oh Bens arm is weak. He can’t thrower farther then 30 yards.

  8. lol. another year of disappointment coming up. He legit has not had a full good season in years but here we go again anyways

  9. lol. another year of disappointment coming up. He legit has not had a full good season in years but here we go again anyways

    Facts are an overlooked commodity by trolls. You might want to check his numbers for 2018 and get back to us. How were Stedmans numbers last year?

  10. lol. 2018? really? they win the super bowl that year? talk about living in past. he is 38 and never took care of his body. His numbers and staying healthy have all been affected and he will continue on that trajectory. But hey, 2018 was amazing year and i guess you can boast about that? when was the last time he has lead his team to a playoff win? or even made it to AFC championship game?

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