Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play against the Detroit Lions in the team's second preseason game. However, it's unclear how many reps he will get. "We'll play it by ear. We have a plan, but we're willing to adjust that plan based on what it is we see in-stadium," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said, per ESPN.
The Steelers have a new offensive coordinator and the goal is to let Roethlisberger experience it. "Because we've got a new system," Roethlisberger said, explaining why he needs to play. "There's a new coach, player communication in terms of a new guy, the offense is different.
He's up in the box as compared to on the field. "There's a lot of newness. I think it's prudent to get as much time as I can in under those circumstances."
Roethlisberger embracing the challenge
Roethlisberger is set for his 18th season and he is set to learn a new offensive scheme.
"It almost refocuses you in a way, if that makes sense," Roethlisberger said. "If this was still the same stuff, I'd probably go home, watch the film and be ready to move on. "Last night I went home, watched the film and then went back over it again just to refresh it in my mind.
I just think because it's different, I want to make sure I'm not the reason we struggle." This preseason, teams will play only three games. In previous years, teams played four preseason games. In the previous format, Roethlisberger would usually play in the third game.
"I would love to get as many reps as I can," Roethlisberger said. "It's been how many months since I've stepped on a football field to take a hit or play. I know it's preseason, but just meaningful types of reps.
With the newness of it, I'd like to get as much as I can." When asked for how much would he play, Roethlisberger didn't have a clear answer. "It's probably a progressive-type answer," he said. "I don't know.
I guess it depends on how it's going, how it feels." wa Roethlisberger wanted to play in the first preseason game but the Steelers decided against it. "I really wanted to try and play last week because it was on the road," Roethlisberger said.
"It would've been our first opportunity to play on the road with circumstances and situations like crowd noise and things like that before we go into a very hostile environment in Week 1. But coach, I couldn't talk him into it."