The Pittsburgh Steelers held their first OTA practice on Tuesday, and during that practice Ben Roethlisberger attempted to walk back comments he made about his new rookie teammate, quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Roethlisberger said he gave Rudolph a few tips and said he will help the rookie out just as he has others. Roethlisberger also said his previous comment were taken out of context.
Ben Roethlisberger said he helped Mason Rudolph on a throw in Tuesday’s workout, believes his radio comments about the rookie were framed in the wrong context. Never intended to be mean. pic.twitter.com/ehk9P0TQGa
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 22, 2018
Previously, after Pittsburgh selected Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Roethlisberger pretty much ripped the move, saying, “I just don’t know how backing up or being the third guy, who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart, but helps us win now.”
Big Ben also said it’s not his job to mentor Rudolph, noting, “If he asks me a question, I might just have to point to the playbook.”
Those comments were made after Roethlisberger — a guy who’s talked about retirement the past few years — suddenly got serious about playing another half-decade once the Steelers brought in his potential replacement.
It’s hard to really take what Roethlisberger said out of context, but it’s a good thing that he’s changed his tune.