Reverse play: Big Ben now helping Rudolph

Doris Richards
May 23, 2018

Rudolph, to his credit, never seemed fazed by Roethlisberger's original remarks, which never reached the level of being divisive. "Having those guys back always makes me feel good because I'm healthy. That's not it at all", Roethlisberger said, via ESPN.

Ben Roethlisberger swears he was totally kidding about the thing he said after the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph about not helping the team's new member of the QB staff. Roethlisberger made some comments after Rudolph's selection, questioning the need to draft a quarterback so high since he planned on playing another three to five years.

The initial comment by Roethlisberger that raised eyebrows was that he would point Rudolph "to the playbook" if the former Oklahoma State star had questions for him.

Today, Roethlisberger took a different approach, telling reporters after practice, "I think people took some things I said into a context that I was going to be mean or rude or whatever". That was not it at all.

"If you listen to the whole conversation, [it was] said in jest and laughing and having fun", Roethlisberger said in the video.

"I've never been the type to just be rude or mean to other quarterbacks". "I've had a lot of quarterbacks through here that have been younger than me that I've tried to help. I'll continue to do that".

The night of the draft, Rudolph said Roethlisberger didn't have to teach him anything because it was his job to learn. "Nothing against Mason. I think he's a great football player. He hasn't asked me anything yet, but I inputted my two cents", said Roethlisberger. "There was a particular play he ran a little naked on and he was six or seven yards from Rosie (Roosevelt Nix)". Pittsburgh traded two draft picks to move up three spots to No. 76 to snag a player that general manager Kevin Colbert said they "valued as much as the rest of those quarterbacks that were drafted (in the first round)". You don't have to put every throw on guys' chests. Sometimes a touch pass will do.

Roethlisberger stressed that wasn't a slight at Rudolph and he is more than happy to help Rudolph get comfortable.

"Gotta tighten up some things, his arms and some things in terms of kind of wide receiver route running, but, boy, the way he snatches the ball and plays big, It looks pretty impressive so far". "Seems to understand the offense".

After the first day of OTAs on Tuesday, Roethlisberger said he wasn't being serious.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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