Roethlisberger Says He Will Help Rudolph

Steelers QB Complimentary of Rookie on First Day

Josh Rowntree
May 22, 2018 - 1:38 pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger takes snaps with rookie QB Mason Rudolph

Josh Rowntree

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Tuesday backed off of critical comments he made on 93.7 The Fan’s Cook and Poni Show less than three weeks ago. 

Roethlisberger was seemingly displeased that the team used a third-round draft pick on quarterback Mason Rudolph in the NFL Draft. 

But, on the first day of OTA’s, Roethlisberger’s tone had changed in regards to his working relationship with the young signal caller. 

"I think people took some things that I said into the context that I was going to be mean or rude or whatever,” Roethlisberger said. "That was not it at all. If you listened to the whole conversation, it was said in jest and laughing and having fun.”

During the interview earlier this month, Roethlisberger said that he felt Rudolph did not want to learn from the 15-year veteran and that, if a question was asked of him by Rudolph, he would just point to the playbook.

"I’ve never been the type to just be rude or mean to other quarterbacks,” he said Tuesday. "You can ask (Landry) Jones. I’ve had a lot of quarterbacks that have come through here that have been younger than me that I’ve tried to help any way that I can. So, I’ll continue to do that.”

When asked if he had directly talked with Rudolph, Roethlisberger said that he had given some instructions to the rookie on a bootleg passing play to fullback Rosie Nix during the teams drills.

"He hasn’t asked me anything, but I inputted my two cents, so I hope he was okay with it,” he said. "I talked to as many guys as I could. There’s a lot of people here, a lot of new faces. But, obviously, we’re in meetings and stuff and I tried to help him out with a couple of things I saw out there."

Seeing Rudolph go through the early motions did take him back to his first days with a pro team.

"What I probably remember is just the big eyes,” he added. "You see how fast it is. I’m going to enjoy telling him that this isn’t as fast as it gets yet. Put pads on and it gets a little faster, preseason gets a little faster. I think that’s probably one of the biggest things I can see in him that I had too." 

Despite earlier suggesting that the team could have used the draft pick on other areas to help the team, Roethlisberger was impressed with what he saw from Rudolph on the first day.

"He’s got a big arm,” he said. "He overthrew (Antonio Brown), even though AB’s not going to admit it. But I thought he seems to understand the offense, seems to not have any issues in the huddle. I thought he did really well." 

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