Roethlisberger Will Push For Conner To 'Get As Much Run As He Can' When Bell Returns

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Ben Roethlisberger said during his weekly show on The Fan Tuesday that he really liked the play of the entire team during their 41-17 victory against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

“We got big plays on specials teams…The defense stepped up well against a really high-powered offense…I thought our offense played well.  We started fast, we finished strong, those are things that we hadn’t necessarily done in the past.”

Roethlisberger’s deep ball has not been as accurate this season as he is used to and he says he has been dealing with an elbow issue and that “causes the ball to sail” because he has to drop his elbow a bit.

He adds that he had a talk with himself to “suck it up” in the second half and that helped him connect with Antonio Brown better in the second half.

He says it’s not a big issue. “No, it’s fine.  Remember I got hit in the Cleveland game and just had that?  So we’ve been dealing with it.  It’s just something that I need to mentally get over in terms of my throwing motion.”

Roethlisberger says that if and when Le’Veon Bell comes back they also need to keep using James Conner but would not say if he should keep his starting running back job.

“The good thing Joe (Starkey) is that I’m not the coach, right?  I don’t have to make that decision.  What I would say is, I don’t think we put [James] on the shelf by any means.  Now granted, I think Le’Veon is one of the best in the business, we all understand that and can agree on that.  But what James needs to understand, and he’s gonna say the right things and he should he’s a younger guy with a veteran awesome football player ahead of him, but when Le’Veon comes back, in no way, shape or form should James say, ‘Ok, it’s all yours.  I’m gonna sit back and when you need me, use me.’  And I will push for James to get as much run as he can because we’ve seen some great things from him in all phases of football.”

Roethlisberger adds he has yet to speak with Bell.

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