What did Ben have to say after practice?

QB Ben Roethlisberger

Re: Things got a little heated today:
It's about that time. It's the last week. We've been going against each other for a while. It was bound to happen at some point. But what happens between the lines, when it's out of the lines, it's over.

Re: Long camp and if it was good to work with the younger guys and fine-tune things:
It's always good to get out here with new guys and work things out. We had to be here for an extra week, but it's a good time. We get here and we get together.

Re: Aaron Rodgers throwing 19 times his last game and if you want a heavy workload:
I think it will be based on production and depends on how we play. I have no idea how long I am going to play. I will go until Coach Tomlin says I am done. I know that I will hope it's productive however long that is.

Re: Appreciation for Rodgers:
I think he is one of the best in the game. I don't think there is any argument about it. The way he goes about his business and the athlete that he is and player that he is, it's undeniable.


A collection of photos featuring Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at 2015 training camp.

Can the offense get better?* I think we can be better without the numbers being as good. If numbers are good and we are winning, then that's a great thing. But we can be better. We can eliminate mistakes. We can be crisper. We can be more consistent. If we can do that then usually that should translate into winning football games.* **

So far how has the offense been this camp?
It's been a good start to camp. But it's just that. It's just a start. We have to get out there and face those real bullets and get out there against other teams and their defenses, and play four quarters. It's a long season. We will take it one game at a time.

How are Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown?
[They are] pretty darn good. Obviously I was blessed to play with a Hall of Famer [Jerome Bettis] but the way that those two guys go about their business and bust their butt and work, and then it carries over onto the field on Sunday. It's hard to argue about those two.

Where can you get better on offense?
Everywhere. We can be better on third-down. Until you are 100%, you can still get better. Obviously 100% is not realistic, but why can't we strive for it? Why can't we have better percentages on first-down or second-down, third-down, red zone, whatever it is? That's our goal, to strive to be better in every area.

Re: Emphasis on the two-point conversion and it relating to the red zone:
Potentially, yes. Obviously you are in the red zone. You are on the two-yard line. We look at that as a two-point play that can carry over into a red zone situation. We don't do too much big people plays at the goal line. When you get down on the goal line, you are going to run your big guys in for a few plays. On the two-point play you really can't do that. You have one play. So it's a little bit different. 

Were you expecting Alejandro Villanueva to get higher on the pass to him in the endzone? Or did you miss the biggest target in camp?
[Laughs] No. It was a tryout. We wanted to see what was going to happen. He went over and lined up. It was the first time we ever practiced it. So for the first time I thought it was pretty close to being pretty good.

How diverse can you be on those two-point plays?
We can be very diverse. As you saw, we put a tackle out there that lined up to catch a pass. We are trying things and seeing what we can do.

Re: Martavis Bryant and his confidence being better this year:
Absolutely. Because last year I didn't think he knew what was going on. He is still learning. He is still getting better. He still makes mistakes. But he's the first one to do what he can to correct those mistakes. And I think that shows with the growth that he's had.

Brown seemed frustrated with not getting the ball. Have you heard that from him before?
I hear it from everybody.

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