The Steelers have positioned the whole weight of their 2020 ambitions on Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired elbow, and coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Thursday he expects it may maintain up beneath all that stress.
“He is doing nice to date. He is in nice bodily situation. Rehabilitation, regarding the harm itself, goes properly. I hear nothing however constructive reviews from that standpoint,” Tomlin advised followers on the Steelers Nation Unite Huddle name. “There have been no bumps within the highway.”
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Roethlisberger missed the ultimate 14 video games of the 2019 season after injuring his proper elbow. He had surgical procedure Sept. 23 and was cleared to start throwing footballs in mid-February.
“The truth that his harm and subsequent surgical procedure occurred so early within the season in 2019 might be an asset to him and us as we push into 2020,” Tomlin mentioned. “I feel everyone’s comfy with the place issues are. We’re enthusiastic about him and what he will do for us this yr.”
Roethlisberger led the NFL in passing yards in his final full season, 2018, however that group completed 9-6-1 and missed the playoffs. With out him, however with an improved protection, the Steelers used Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges at quarterback, went 8-Eight and missed once more in 2019. In addition they signed former Broncos first-round choose Paxton Lynch to their follow squad, and he stays with the membership.
The Steelers have to date chosen to not add one other quarterback, somebody with extra expertise, as a backup to Roethlisberger. Tomlin didn’t completely rule out that chance, although.
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“Mason Rudolph is our backup quarterback,” he mentioned, permitting that competitors in coaching camp can be utilized to ascertain if that hierarchy stays in place. “Now we have some candidates. Mason Rudolph actually had a chance to realize some expertise final yr, and we count on him to be higher. I feel he expects to be higher. We’re comfy with the combo that we’ve got proper now, however not that we’re against getting higher at any place.”
Questions had been posed to Tomlin — who’s making ready for his 14th season as Steelers head coach — by followers from Idaho, Tennessee, New Jersey and Kentucky and some different locations far faraway from Pittsburgh.
Among the many objects Tomlin addressed:
— How the coronavirus pandemic alters the problem of making ready for the season: “We face numerous challenges, however my mentality, and I feel our group’s mentality, goes to be [that] they’re challenges that everybody faces . . . We have to be mild on our ft. There’s going to be a interval of adjustment from a scheduling standpoint as we acquire our footing when it comes to logistically, what day-to-day seems like. However the whole Nationwide Soccer League can be going by it. I simply suppose if we carry out comparatively higher than others [then] we put ourselves in place to be that group on the finish of the journey.”
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— Whether or not he plans on a working back-by-committee: “I am a featured runner-type man by mentality. I feel when you might have a featured runner, it offers him a chance to drop a stake within the floor. It permits others to rally round him. It offers you a set of core, base run performs that he makes a speciality of. However no query in right this moment’s recreation a featured runner must be supplemented . . . James (Conner) is a featured runner and a confirmed man when wholesome, and we’re enthusiastic about him getting again to well being and displaying that in 2020.”
— What he thinks of large receiver Chase Claypool, the Steelers’ second-round choose: “I am not going to thoughtfully place him behind anyone. He would possibly are available and carve out a big function for himself. That is the mentality I attempt to convey with everybody, on a regular basis. I need Chase to know that there aren’t any glass ceilings when it comes to what he can do right here and be for us . . . I like his play demeanor. He is a pointy younger man. I see no motive he cannot put himself into the combo. Fairly frankly, we count on him to.”
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— Whether or not the Steelers need assistance at nostril deal with: “I like the gathering of fellows that we’ve got, which might be able to vying for that place . . . However that place will not be manned within the ways in which Casey Hampton manned it years in the past. At this time’s recreation would not require or demand it in that manner. There was a heck of numerous base protection again when Casey performed.”
— What he is doing that is completely different as results of the quarantine: “I am binge-watching Netflix and so forth, and normally that isn’t my type. I am on Joe Unique like everyone else.”