Steelers bye week check up: Quarterbacks

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It’s Week Seven of the NFL season and the Pittsburgh Steelers are on their bye week. Let’s run down the positional units for a check-up and talk a little bit about what we saw and look ahead to the final 11 games of the season.

Ben Roethlisberger consistently inconsistent

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The good news is through six games, Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically-repaired elbow seems to be fine. Velocity on Roethlisberger’s throws is on point. What hasn’t always been on point is Roethlisberger’s accuracy. Roethlisberger has taken a beating this year and has dealt with multiple injuries including a pec and a hip. Roethlisberger has 1,515 passing yards on the season and has an 86.0 quarterback rating.

No news is good news on the backups

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One bit of good news is despite the beating Roethlisberger has taken, he hasn’t missed any playing time so Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins haven’t been a factor. Haskins has been inactive for all six games and Rudolph is firmly entrenched as the team’s backup.

Looking at the next 11 games

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We will talk more about the offensive line later on but the reality is Roethlisberger is as good as the offensive line will let him be. When he has time to throw the football and not live in fear for his life, Roethlisberger can make the throws. He seems to be acclimating himself to the new offense but we still see enough of what Roethlisberger likes to do to know it’s not all new. I look for continued improvement from Roethlisberger as the rest of the offense improves.

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