Ben Roethlisberger stopped short of mounting a campaign for the Steelers to match the offer sheet wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had signed with New England as
a restricted free agent.
But Roethlisberger let it be known to the right people that he’d appreciate having Sanders back this season.
And he told The Sports Page on Monday afternoon he was “really excited” now that the Steelers have secured Sanders’ services for at least one more season after
matching the Patriots’ offer to Sanders on Sunday.
“He’s a lot better than people give him credit for being,” Roethlisberger said of Sanders. “He’s really smart.”
Roethlisberger considers Sanders equally suited to play a slot receiver position or outside because of a physical skill set that’s “a good mix of speed and quickness.
“It’s good for the team,” Roethlisberger continued. “He’s a good teammate. He can really help.
“If he stays healthy I think he can do some great things.”
Other subjects broached with Big Ben after the first day of voluntary off-season workouts included:
-The offensive line: “If they can stay healthy they have the potential to be our best unit.”
-Running back: “I don’t know who the starting running back will be.”
-WR Mike Wallace’s departure as a free agent: “It’s hard to lose that guy.”
-TE Heath Miller’s rehab from knee surgery: “Heath is working out (lifting weights) and he looks great. He’s walking without a limp. From what I saw I think he looked
-Roethlisberger’s off-season: “I started seven days after our last game, doing cardio five to six days a week. Normally, I take a month or two off. I want to make it through 16 games and more. I want to play ’em all.”