Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likes what he has seen from receiver Martavis Bryant, but knows there still has to be a lot of growth from the rookie before the season starts.
“He’s shown a couple plays recently that are very encouraging, but he’s got a long way to go,” said Roethlisberger. “He’s a young guy but he shows the interest and the desire to want to be great and to learn and so we hope he just keeps doing that.”
Bryant has made some nice catches in the red zone as of late, but how he is going to be utilized is still something that is undetermined.
“He’s probably going to have a package of things that he’s going to have to do and what that is we’re not sure yet,” said Roethlisberger. “We have to kind of keep feeling it out and see what’s going to happen.”
The Steelers have Tuesday off after a six-day stretch with daily practices. Roethlisberger was given a rest on Sunday and said that his body is handling the work load just fine.
“It feels real good,” said Roethlisberger. “Probably didn’t need the off day, but coach (Mike Tomlin) was encouraged by the way things have been going so far and thought it was time and I wasn’t going to argue.”
Roethlisberger said the biggest difference for him in training camp now compared to his first few years in the league is not the physical side of it, but the mental.
“It’s probably just that it’s a lot more mental preparation now than it was before because now you understand the game, you understand the offense and what’s going on,” he said. “Now it’s just making sure that I get on the same page with the guys.”