Big Ben off to slow start in camp
Monday, August 03, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ben Roethlisberger has thrown more interceptions in training camp practices than he would prefer because, he said, his arm does not feel strong. But, he said, that's normal for him this time of year.
The quarterback said it usually takes him the first week of training camp before his right arm is where it should be.
"It's frustrating at times, I think I have a pick every day in practice because my arm is not where I want it to be yet," said Roethlisberger. "Trying to make the throws I can make later in the year that I try to do now, my arm is not ready for it."
Roethlisberger threw one deep pass to Santonio Holmes today that fluttered incomplete.
"We misconnected on a couple of deep balls today but it didn't look like it had anything to do with arm strength,'' said coach Mike Tomlin.
Tomlin said "that's a safe assumption" that it normally takes Roethlisberger a week to get his arm to mid-season form. The quarterback said he moves at a slower pace now to preserve his arm late in the season.
"I don't throw a lot before I come into this for that reason, I don't want to get worn down late in the year,'' Roethlisberger said. "It just takes a couple of days to get into it. I hope by Wednesday I'll be getting better and by the weekend I'll be in pretty good form."