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Steelers to run more no-huddle offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) The Steelers ran at least 15 no-huddle plays in each of their final nine games, a stretch in which they went 6-3 and averaged more than 10 points more than in the first seven games, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The team is spending a lot of time on the no-huddle during OTAs and plans to use it more in 2014.

"I think it's something that we realized where we can be and what we did last year, and where we were successful, so I think we'll use it more," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the paper. 

"I don't want to call it our base offense,” Roethlisberger added, "but I think you'll see more of it, so it was more important for us to get it in early and often."

According to the report, the Steelers used the no-huddle on 23 percent of their plays last year. Roethlisberger hit 102 of 163 passes for 1,221 yards and 10 touchdowns out of the no-huddle.


Ben Roethlisberger likes continuity up front


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finished last season strong as the team used the no-huddle frequently. He told the team's website he's excited about an offensive line that returns every starter and gets Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey back from a torn ACL. 

"That’s a big part of being able to run the no-huddle because those guys are up there and they’re comfortable, they’re familiar," Roethlisberger said. "They’ve got another offseason in training of continuity and learning from each other. I tell them before each game that they are what is going to drive this team and this offense. As long as they stay healthy and can play every game we’ll be good."


Big Ben aims to play 5-7 more years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who just turned 32, said he's not nearing the end of his career. "I feel like I'm in great shape," Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. "I think I can get five, six, seven more years out of this arm and these legs."

Roethlisberger played every snap last season, throwing for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.


Steelers might not address Big Ben's contract this offseason


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Steelers traditionally address their quarterbacks' contracts two years out, but general manager Kevin Colbert said that might not be the case with Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is set to make $12 million this year and $11 million in 2015. His deal carries cap hits of nearly $18.9 million and $18.3 million.

“We'll get through free agency, get through the draft and see where we are,” Colbert said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Traditionally we have done quarterbacks (contracts) two years out, but as (team president) Art (Rooney) stated, we may or may not be in a position to do something this summer.”

The Steelers won't be able to lower Roethlisberger's cap impact unless they sign him to a long-term extension. He turned 32 this month.


GM: Let's keep Ben Roethlisberger for a while


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/20/2014) Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday the team wants quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to spend his entire career in Pittsburgh, reports ESPN. 

"It's unanimous that we want Ben to be a Steeler for the rest of his career," Colbert said on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. "There's nobody that I'd rather have or the franchise would rather have than Ben. He's won for us, there's still a lot of tread of the tires. We feel good about where he is, we feel great about how he finished last year and we're looking to build off of that."

Roethlisberger's contract has two years left. The Steelers haven't indicated that they are in a hurry to negotiate a new deal with Roethlisberger, who will have a cap hit of just under $18.9 million in 2014, but they have made it clear that one will get done.


Big Ben to get help in the draft


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Indications are the Steelers will take a receiver early in the draft, either the tall target quarterback Ben Roethlisberger "has long coveted or a game-breaking one," reports ESPN.com. The team's brass is committed to maximizing the years Roethlisberger has left by surrounding him with as much talent as possible, the report added.

Pittsburgh would be in dire need of a wideout if Emmanuel Sanders leaves via free agency.


Ben Roethlisberger spends time with young receivers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/11/2014) Steelers receiver Derek Moye went to Southern California last week to work out with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, reports the Beaver County Times. Also there were fellow receivers Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown.

"It went well," Moye said. "It was a chance to get out there and catch some balls from him on the field, but we didn't do that all day. We were able to get to know each other a little bit better as well."

The goal was to work on timing with Roethlisberger and develop a rapport. 

"It was really about (Roethlisberger) getting a feel for some of us a little bit more," Moye said. "We ran some different routes that he wanted to work with us individually on."

Landry Jones seen as wasted pick


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Quarterback Landry Jones has shown very little to justify the Steelers taking him in the fourth-round last year, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which expects Jones to be a third-stringer again in 2014. If the Steelers could redo that draft pick, the paper said, "they'd draft a cornerback or another safety or a tight end, anything but a quarterback in that fourth round."

Ben Roethlisberger did not miss a snap last season and veteran backup Bruce Gradkowski is signed through 2015.


Owner seeks to have Ben Roethlisberger retire as Steeler


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Steelers owner Dan Rooney II said he would like to extend the contract of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and keep him in town for the rest of his career, per ESPN.

"We've got to have Ben retire as a Steeler," Rooney said. "There's no doubt about that."

Roethlisberger has two years remaining on the eight-year, $102 million contract he signed in 2008. He has since become the franchise leader in touchdown passes with 219.


Ben Roethlisberger doesn't shine in finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finished the season with his worst performance in months in a 20-7 win over the Browns in Week 17.

Roethlisberger tossed two interceptions, giving him his first multi-interception game since Week 9. He did toss one touchdown, a 9-yard strike to Jerrico Cotchery in the first quarter, and ultimately finished with 179 yards on 19 of 31 passing.

Roethlisberger finished just short of a few career-high marks, as he passed for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns in the season. He added 14 interceptions as well on a career-high 584 passing attempts.  


Ben Roethlisberger looking for more success vs. Cleveland


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been on quite a roll in the second half of the season, though it may not end up making much of a difference for the Steelers season. Heading into Week 17 against the Browns, the Steelers' playoff hopes are slim despite Roethlisberger's stellar production.

Roethlisberger heads into Sunday's finale with multiple touchdowns in six of the last eight games, including a two-score game against these Browns in Week 12. This should prove to be a fruitful matchup for Roethlisberger yet again, as the Browns have allowed multiple touchdowns in each of the last 10 games.

With how well Roethlisberger is playing, and how much the Browns have struggled against opposing quarterbacks, this seems like a great matchup for the veteran. Consider him a solid starting option in all Fantasy formats for Week 17. 


Ben Roethlisberger contributes three scores to Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The passing numbers Sunday for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were as unimpressive as any since Week 7, but he sure knew what to do with the ball in the red zone Sunday in Green Bay.

Roethlisberger completed just 16 of 28 passes for 167 yards, his lowest total since Oct. 20, but his two scores through the air and one on the ground keyed his team's seventh win in the last 11 games. Roethlisberger threw a 1-yard scoring strike to Emmanuel Sanders on the final play of the first quarter, ran for a 13-yard touchdown early in the third and fired one 11 yards into the end zone to blocking tight end Matt Spaeth with two minutes left in that quarter.

He was, however, inaccurate at times, missing top wideout Antonio Brown on a few occasions, including once with 1:45 remaining in the game on what should have been a touchdown.

Roethlisberger and his Steelers finish the regular season at home in Week 17 against visiting Cleveland.


Steelers issue Sunday inactive list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The loss of linebacker Jarvis Jones with an illness highlights the inactive report submitted Sunday by the Steelers for their game at Green Bay.

The healthy scratches are defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo, cornerback Isaiah Green, quarterback Landry Jones, wideout Derek Moye, offensive lineman David Snow and linebacker Jamaal Westerman .


Multi-touchdown game could be in Ben Roethlisberger's future


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be facing the Packers Week 16 for the first time since Green Bay knocked off Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 2011). Though the stakes aren't as high, Roethlisberger would surely like to avenge the Super Bowl loss. 

From a Fantasy standpoint, it's not a bad matchup for Roethlisberger. Quarterbacks average 269.4 passing yards and 20.6 Fantasy points per week against Green Bay. Nine quarterbacks have thrown multiple touchdowns and seven quarterbacks have totaled 20-plus Fantasy points against the Packers.

Roethlisberger has been a pretty good Fantasy option down the stretch. After averaging 15.1 Fantasy points through his first seven games, Roethlisberger is averaging 24 Fantasy points in his last seven games. He's also thrown multiple touchdowns in five of his last seven games.

Roethlisberger should be in for another good week, so consider him a viable Fantasy start in all formats Week 16.


Ben Roethlisberger highly accurate in win over Bengals


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on target throughout the Week 15 win vs. Cincinnati, but his streak of throwing multiple touchdowns ended at four. Roethlisberger finished 20 of 25 for 191 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Roethlisberer completed his first 12 throws, including a 12-yard score to top receiver Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger underthrew a bomb in the third quarter and was intercepted by corner Adam Jones.

With 12 touchdowns and two turnovers in his last five games, Roethlisberger visits Green Bay in Week 16.


Ben Roethlisberger in top form entering Week 15


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters Week 15 on a tear. He's tossed 11 touchdowns without an interception the past four weeks and has a franchise-record 3,724 passing yards through 13 games.

The Bengals arrive in Pittsburgh after giving up 326 passing yards and four touchdowns to the Colts' Andrew Luck. Still, Cincinnati gives up the 11th-fewest Fantasy points (17.4 per game) to opposing quarterbacks.

Cincy did a nice job against Big Ben in Week 2, holding him to 251 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception. In 19 career meetings, Roethlisberger has averaged 221 passing yards with 26 touchdowns (three rushing) and 21 turnovers.

Those aren't great numbers. But with Roethlisberger playing some of the best football of his 10-year career, start him Week 15 as a low-end QB1.


Ben Roethlisberger's strong performance can't save Steelers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continued his run of strong play in Week 14 against the Dolphins, but it was not enough to finish off a comeback in a 34-28 loss.

Roethlisberger extended his streak of games without an interception to four games, while tossing three touchdowns. He nearly had a fourth on a desperation play with no time left on the clock, but Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds at the  after a series of laterals  that appeared to break him for the game-winning touchdown.

Roethlisberger ultimately completed 23 of 39 passes for 297 yards along with his three touchdowns. He has 11 touchdowns during his string of four games since his last interception. He now has 24 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.

Despite Roethlisberger's strong play, the Steelers head into Week 15 against the Bengals looking to snap a two-game losing streak. He finished with 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the team's last meeting in Week 2. 


Ben Roethlisberger tosses two more scores in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had another solid performance in Week 13 Thursday, but fell short in a comeback bid in a loss to the Ravens.  

Roethlisberger completed 28 of 44 passes for 257 yards, the majority of which came in the second half. He finished the first half with just 78 passing yards and no touchdowns, but got going after halftime.

Roethlisberger racked up 179 yards and two touchdowns through the air, including a 1-yard score to Jerricho Cotchery with just about one minute remaining in the game that put the Steelers down, 22-20. Roethlisberger appeared to have tied up the game on a two-point conversion, but his pass to Emmanuel Sanders ultimately fell short, ending the game.

Roethlisberger has now passed for multiple touchdowns in three straight games, totaling eight scores and no interceptions in that span. The Steelers next game is set for Week 14 against the Dolphins. 


Ben Roethlisberger decent Fantasy choice against Baltimore


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has certainly responded to those prematurely pronouncing the beginning of the end of his career. He has overcome his early-season struggles with some vintage performances. And that provides encouragement for Fantasy owners in Week 13.

Roethlisberger has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just three interceptions in his last four games after breaking even in the first seven. He now owns more characteristic numbers on the year, having completed 269 of 417 for 3,118 yards, 19 scores and 10 picks.

Thursday night foe Baltimore will be quite a challenge, however. The Ravens haven't given up 300 yards through the air in any game since the season-opening thrashing in Denver. They rank 11th in passing yards allowed with 2,490 and 14th in net yards yielded through the air per attempt at 6.1, but that game against the Broncos weakens those stats.

Roethlisberger is not an ideal choice for a No. 1 quarterback this week. The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank him between 16th and 21st among all NFL quarterbacks. But he should not drag your team down if placed in your lineup.


Ben Roethlisberger continues domination of Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rolled into Cleveland on Sunday having beaten the Browns 15 times in 16 career meetings.

Make that 16 of 17.

Roethlisberger did his usual number on his AFC North rival with help from an offensive line that kept him upright from beginning to end. His 41-yard touchdown pass to featured receiver Antonio Brown late in the second quarter set the rout in motion. He added a 4-yard scoring flip to Emmanuel Sanders midway through the third and finished 22 of 34 for 217 yards and no interceptions.

He won't have much time to prepare for his next division showdown. The Steelers play at Baltimore on Thursday night.


Ben Roethlisberger good, but not ideal play against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has never been a tough Fantasy call against Cleveland. He has generally dominated the Browns with big yards and key touchdowns. But times have changed. This is not to suggest that Roethlisberger should be benched. But his inclusion in lineups in Week 12 in Cleveland should be given thoughtful consideration.

He is a hot quarterback. He is averaging 324 yards and has fired nine touchdown passes in the last three games combined. But he has been sacked a whopping 37 times this year and the Browns boast one of the better and more aggressive pass rushes in the NFL. They also rank fourth in the NFL in passing yards allowed (2,075), third in net passing yards given up per attempt (5.1) and have cornerback Joe Haden, who has emerged as a Pro Bowl talent, on prolific Steelers wideout Antonio Brown.

Roethlisberger is a stat-worthy Fantasy play. He has completed 247 of 383 (64.5 percent) of his passes for 2,901 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But other factors weigh against him on Sunday.

The CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers aren't skeptical, ranking him between 7th and 9th among all NFL quarterbacks this week. But this feeling here is that owners of Roethlisberger should be wary. He is a strong play, but not an automatic one if a no-risk option is available.


Ben Roethlisberger carves up Lions secondary


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger carved up the Lions Week 11.

Roethlisberger completed 29 passes in 45 attempts for 367 yards. He threw four touchdowns. Roethlisberger's main target was Antonio Brown. He hit Brown on a 34 yard touchdown on the team's first drive, and hooked up with him again for a 47 yard touchdown on the following drive. Roethlisberger put the Lions away late, with two straight scoring drives to start the fourth quarter. 

Roethlisberger will look to keep it up Week 12 against the Browns.


Ben Roethlisberger looking at average matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking at an average matchup Week 11 against the Lions.

The Lions have allowed opposing passers to post 18.33 Fantasy points per game, which is middle of the pack. Through nine games, the team has allowed 15 passing touchdowns. Most of the team's struggles have come recently, though, as they've allowed 10 passing touchdowns in the past four games. 

That bodes well for Roethlisberger. Though he hasn't typically put up big numbers this year, the Lions could provide him with an opportunity for a breakout game. That doesn't mean much, since Roethlisberger has only had two games where he's gone for multiple scores. It's a decent matchup, but other players have proven to have more upside than Roethlisberger this season. 


Ben Roethlisberger: 'I'd retire before I'd accept a trade'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger responded vehemently to the rumors he expects to ask for a trade in the offseason. NFL Network reported Sunday "Roethlisberger is not happy and incredibly frustrated with the direction the franchise is headed" and will ask the Steelers "to explore possible trade options" in the offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I'd retire before I'd accept a trade," Roethlisberger said in response to the report. "I mean, it would have to be something really, really unbelievable for me to even consider it. I have talked to my wife about that. I don't want to be anywhere else. This is where we want to be."

Roethlisberger was so upset by the report, he sought out owner Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II to apologize.

"I'm so sorry," Roethlisberger told the Rooneys. "This stuff didn't come from me or my people. There's absolutely no truth to it. It's ridiculous. It's one of the most BS stories that I've ever heard."


Ben Roethlisberger solid in winning effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shook off rumors of his unhappiness to lead the Steelers to their third win of the season in Week 10 against the Bills, in a 23-10 win.

Roethlisberger was solid overall in the game, passing for 204 yards while completing 18 of 30 attempts. He had one touchdown, a 5-yarder to Jerrico Cotchery in the second quarter, the fourth time he has found him for a score in two games.

Roethlisberger was intercepted once and fumbled once, though he was able to recover his own fumble to avoid a turnover.

Roethlisberger has now thrown for exactly one touchdown in seven of nine games this season, heading into Week 11 against the Lions.