Ben Roethlisberger throws two TDs in first outing in new offense

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said this week that it was prudent for him to get as much preseason work as he could because he’s still getting comfortable in the offense that offensive coordinator Matt Canada installed this offseason.

Roethlisberger got the start against the Lions on Saturday night and he looked right at home in Canada’s scheme. He threw two touchdown passes to second-round tight end Pat Friermuth in the first quarter and went 8-of-10 for 137 yards in two series of work.

Friermuth wasn’t the only rookie to make plays for the Steelers. First-round running back Najee Harris took a Roethlisberger pass for a 46-yard gain to set up the first touchdown of the night.

Diontae Johnson also had a 43-yard catch as the Steelers found plenty of success through the air before Roethlisberger headed to the bench. We’ll see if the Steelers feel it’s prudent to have him play more next week or if they saw enough to feel their quarterback is ready for the regular season.

10 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger throws two TDs in first outing in new offense

  1. I know that it’s preseason and it’s the Lions, but Freiermuth is likely to be given extensive red zone playing time.

  2. To play him a preseason is silly, he started off strong last year and then rapidly deteriorated as the year went on. If anybody needs to be on a pitch count it’s this guy

  3. doctorrumack says:
    August 21, 2021 at 9:12 pm
    “To play him a preseason is silly, he started off strong last year and then rapidly deteriorated as the year went on. If anybody needs to be on a pitch count it’s this guy”

    wrong. On 12/27 he had 3 TDs and a QBR of 109.3. And the team had no running game to speak of last year. So they were 12-5 entirely due to him.

  4. Big Ben is Phil Mickelson— he played in the Brady/Manning era with a decent amount of victories. I think he’s a HOF.

  5. He’s ready for the regular season. The Steelers offense will once again be good but this time with a better run game.

  6. BTW check out the lack of fans and at a Steelers game, the seats are half empty!

  7. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    August 21, 2021 at 11:55 pm
    Friermuth looks stunningly good.
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    Or the Lions D looked absolutely horrible! I’ll wait until I see him against a decent D before making that decision.

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