Roethlisberger, wide receivers galore passing the test

Roethlisberger, wide receivers galore passing the test
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (14) returns a punt during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH — Before this season began, there was a lot of talk about what new quarterbacks coach Matt Canada would bring to the Steelers’ offense with pre-snap motion and jet sweeps that he used successfully in college.

As it turns out, the real discussion should have been how long would it take Ben Roethlisberger to get comfortable with his receivers. Prior to this season, Roethlisberger had really only spent a lot of time playing with JuJu Smith-Schuster. And coming off an elbow surgery that cost him most of 2019 and with offseason contact limited and no preseason because of the pandemic, finding that comfort zone between quarterback and receivers was seen as something that would be a work in progress.

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But with the Steelers now 9-0 heading into their game Sunday against the Jaguars (1-8) at TIAA Bank Stadium it certainly looks like Roethlisberger and his receivers are on the same page.

Coming off a week in which he won AFC Offensive Player of the week honors after throwing for 333 yards and four touchdown passes in a 36-10 win over the Bengals despite not practicing at all last week, the 38-year-old Roethlisberger looks like he’s been drinking from the fountain of youth.

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