Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Needs to Put on a Show

After suffering a serious elbow injury early last season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on the comeback trail in 2020 and should be taken seriously.

Throughout the past two seasons, you’ve heard constant chatter about Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Patrick Mahomes and rightfully so.

However, Big Ben is definitely a QB fans should avoid forgetting.

The 38-year old has a strong reputation as a player who can lead the Steelers to winning seasons and playoff appearances.

Of course, we can’t lose sight of the fact he can shake off a defender like nobody’s business.

Gold Standard

In 2018, Roethlisberger accounted for over 5,000 yards passing and 34 touchdowns, which is the most he’s ever had in a season.

Aside from his 0-2 record last season, Big Ben hasn’t had a losing record as a starter since 2006.

His last non-winning season was in 2013.

I’m not saying Ben is in his prime because he definitely isn’t.

However, if he is fully recovered there’s a great chance he can put up numbers similar to his ’18 stats.

Plenty of help?

Roethlisberger shouldn’t feel like he has to carry the Steelers this coming season.

First and foremost, Pittsburgh has a really good defense led by Cameron Heyward and T.J. Watt.

That defense led the NFL in sacks with 54 during the 2019 campaign.

Second, James Conner should be back healthy behind a Pittsburgh offensive line anchored by David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey.

JuJu Smith-Schuster should also be available to play more after dealing with injuries last year.

Pittsburgh isn’t loaded with Pro Bowl running backs and receivers, but they have a solid group of young players who should be able to produce at a high level, collectively.

Here’s who the Steelers have at running back and at wide receiver to help Ben Roethlisberger:

RB – James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr. (2020 draft pick, Maryland)

WR – JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool (2020 draft pick, Notre Dame)

Of course, we can’t forget a key offseason addition to the Steelers tight end group.

Pittsburgh signed Eric Ebron to a two-year, $12 million deal back in March.

The former Indianapolis Colt could form a pleasant tight end group with Vance McDonald, who could be in the final year of his deal in the Steel City.

The Steelers could use a club option to keep McDonald for the 2021 season.

Remind the Rest

Throughout the offseason, many “experts” have picked the Steelers to have a lousy 2020 campaign.

Part of that has to do with the health of Big Ben and the bevy of talent in Baltimore and Cleveland.

But, Ben Roethlisberger should have a strong season if his arm is right and he can get some support from his teammates on the field.

The soon-to-be 17-year veteran doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody.

However, I think NFL fans, in general, need to understand they can’t just disrespect the legacy of Ben Roethlisberger and hopefully he reminds them of his ability to play at a high level.

Think about it. Ben doesn’t have to chuck the pigskin down the field every single play. He needs to execute short to intermediate throws and avoid turnovers.

After all, Brady didn’t make a ton of deep ball throws at the end of his tenure in New England and people rave about his play.

We always talk about Mahomes, Brady, Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Lamar Jackson, but don’t ever forget or brush off the excellence of Ben Roethlisberger.

Do you believe Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will succeed in 2020? Leave a comment below.

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