Not sure if this is out there, but Blake Bortles and Ben Roethlisberger have worked together some during the pre-draft process.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 7, 2014
We have confirmation. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is working out. Sure, it's with a future opponent, 2014 draft prospect Blake Bortles, and it's probably not exactly Rocky in Russia, but he's working out.
Bortles has received his share of comparisons to the similarly built Roethlisberger, although it doesn't seem like he has the same arm strength. He's a big guy, standing around 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, while Roethlisberger stood at a listed 6-foot-5, 241 pounds when he was up for the draft.
Check around, some sources still list Roethlisberger at 241. It's funny.
The pair share the same agent, and it's not exactly unusual for players with the same agent to work out together in the offseason. It may not even need to be that connected. Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor worked out with 2013 draft prospect and West Virginia product Tavon Austin last year.
Whatever tips Roethlisberger might share with the young Bortles, it should be something like "always throw into double coverage," or "always think run first."