Mike Tomlin speaks out on concerns against Ben Roethlisberger’s throwing velocity
The 2019 NFL season was a year to forget for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He sustained a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2 which forced his team to miss the playoffs altogether. Almost a year after his injury, Big Ben is on his way to full playing condition and is ready to make a comeback on the gridiron.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin also sounded off on the veteran quarterback’s throwing velocity and spiral ahead of their first game against the New York Giants:
“I see no issues relative to his velocity,” he said of Roethlisberger. “He and I both have spoken about it a number of times. I’ve seen his spiral tighter in the past and so has he, but we are both comfortable in believing that that’s going to develop over time as he continues to get back on track. But from a velocity standpoint, his ability to deliver the ball to different points on the field and the things that we’ve become accustomed to him displaying, appears to be ready to go.”
Getting Big Ben back to play under center in the upcoming season is a huge boost for the Steelers. The team saw tightly-contested games go down the drain because of their young quarterbacks who rotated at the position namely Mason Rudolph, Devlin Hodges, and Paxton Lynch. The 17-year veteran would bring stability and veteran presence back on the gridiron to lead the Steelers’ offense.
After being out of the field for an extended amount of time, Roethlisberger’s playing form should get better and develop as the season goes on. He will look to mark his comeback with a resounding win against the Giants and let the league know that the Pittsburgh Steelers are back to make noise in the upcoming season.