Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and wide receiver Ryan Switzer (10) in action during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has his team feeling good about the 2020 season. The veteran recently threw passes with teammates for the first time since season-ending elbow surgery. The reports from that session were glowingly positive. So it’s not surprising the franchise is confident he will be ready for the coming campaign.

Steelers GM: ‘All signs are pointing up’ for Ben Roethlisberger

Recently, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio and gave a positive update on Big Ben.

He made it clear that the team felt great about Roethlisberger’s health heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. He said that Big Ben’s status had everything to do with how the team approached the draft.

“We made a point to really push and, you know, an understanding of where Ben is because it affects anything that we would have been doing in this draft,” Colbert said. “All throughout the spring, even when we met at the combine, we were optimistic that he’s taking all the right steps and doing all the right things and making all the right progress. And we continued — you know, I’ve got that information right up until the beginning of the draft. I spoke to our trainer, I spoke to our doctor, the doctor that examines him, the trainer, John Norwig, that works him out and tests him and sees where he is, and all signs are pointing up, and you know, we needed that going into the draft.”

Speaking of the draft, the Steelers very much had Roethlisberger in mind. They took big-bodied speedster Chase Claypool with their first selection in the draft (second round). He’s the perfect deep threat for Big Ben in this offense.

So, it sure looks like the Steelers are feeling great about Ben Roethlisberger’s health leading up to the season. And based on all the positive strides he’s taken in his recovery, they should.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.