Roethlisberger makes progress during offseason program
June 14, 2004
By Teresa Varley
PITTSBURGH - Rookie Ben Roethlisberger worked with the Steelers offense for about a month during the team's off-season voluntary workouts and made progress during that time.
"I think, just even getting in and out of the huddle, he got better as the four weeks went on," said head coach Bill Cowher. "He has a lot of the skills that you are looking for - his athleticism, his strong arm, his touch to make all the throws and certainly I think it is getting comfortable."
Roethlisberger got a chance to go against the Steelers defense during team drills and that was a huge benefit for him as he makes his adjustment to the NFL.
"He was playing against our defense these last four weeks," said Cowher. "He saw a lot of different fronts, a lot of different blitzes and a lot of people going in a lot of different directions. You couple that with being new in the system, there were some inconsistencies. But that is to be expected.
" He showed a lot of signs of what we thought we were getting when we drafted him."
Maybe he'll be ready to take over sooner than we think...