Starter: Ben Roethlisberger
Back Ups: Bruce Gradkowski, and Landry Jones
Strengths: Ben has looked fit, healthy and sharp in preseason and should be entering his prime
Potential Improvements: Gradowski brings more youth and mobility to the position, as does Jones. Most importantly, Ben Roethlisberger should be budding into his prime.
Potential Weaknesses: The flip side to the above is that in Bruce Gradowski is less talented than Charlie Batch or a (healthy) Byron Leftwich. Landry Jones brings a tremendous pedigree and a lot of talent, but his performance in the preseason shows him to be very, very green.
The Skinny: For the first time in his NFL career, Ben Roethlisberger is the oldest QB in the room. He’ll no longer have Charlie Batch to consult with after every series. Ben has grown to the point where he is ready for this and seems to be embracing the role. However, an injury that keeps him out more than a couple of 3 games dooms the season.
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