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Steelers News: Ben Roethlisberger claims he wasn’t rusty heading into Week 1

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Black-and-gold.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are slowly turning their attention away from the embarrassing tie with the Cleveland Browns and starting to focus on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-Gold Links article.

This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet, and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article.

Today, we focus on Ben Roethlisberger going on his radio show to talk about how he doesn’t feel he was rusty heading into the Browns game, something which has been highly discussed and debated on this website and other formats.

Let’s get to the news:

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says he wasn’t rusty heading into lackluster opener

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Roethlisberger’s ragged performance came after he played sparingly in the preseason – as has been the custom in recent years.

Roethlisberger started the third preseason game and logged 26 snaps. He completed 11 of 18 attempts for 114 yards and a touchdown. That was his only preseason activity.

But Roethlisberger said rust was not a factor against the Browns.

“I don’t think so,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday on his 93.7-FM weekly radio segment.

All three interceptions came in the first half when he had a 35.1 passer rating. On the first interception, Roethlisberger threw into double coverage for Antonio Brown, and a third defender, rookie corner Denzel Ward, jumped in front of Brown for the pick.

“I think the first interception was me getting a little anxious to get the ball to AB on a little rollout,” Roethlisberger said. “The guy made a great play. That one may be feel-of-the-game speed stuff compared to practice.”

Roethlisberger’s second interception was on a deep pass to Brown. Roethlisberger’s throw went one direction, Brown broke broke the other way.

“It was a play we hadn’t really practiced, but we wanted to take a shot,” Roethlisberger said. “It was one of those ones where AB was 40-50 yards downfield, so I have to anticipate his angle before he gets to the angle. … That’s an unfortunate thing, but it has nothing to do with preseason reps.”

Tim Benz: Where it all went wrong for Steelers in tie with Browns

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A lot needs to go wrong to lose to the Browns.

Sorry, tie the Browns. Dang, I keep screwing that up!

Not like there’s much of a difference.

The fruit hangs very low on this one. Six turnovers with five by the quarterback. Twelve penalties. Poor officiating. Thrown helmets. Dropped passes. And a missed game-winning kick in overtime.

Despite those ugly notes within the final box score, the Steelers still had a 21-7 lead after three quarters.

If I told you Sunday morning that the Steelers would have a two-touchdown lead in Cleveland during a rainstorm with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, you would’ve bet your house the Steelers would win.

Apparently so did the Steelers. Because that’s the way they approached the fourth quarter.

That is where it all started to go to wrong for the Black and Gold. Because despite everything else that stunk up until that point, Mike Tomlin’s players were able to overcome it.

Once the fourth quarter began, the die was cast for an epic collapse. And a lot of it was the result of their play-calling.

If Joe Haden is hurt, Cameron Sutton is ready to replace him

By: Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It didn’t take very long for Cleveland offensive coordinator Todd Haley to target Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton after he replaced Joe Haden in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Browns.

Haley, a former Steelers offensive coordinator, got a matchup with Sutton defending Josh Gordon and called the number of his top playmaking receiver. The result — a game-tying touchdown with 2:03 left.

Haley went right back at Sutton a few minutes later when the Browns had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. Gordon ran the same pattern down the same sideline, but Sutton had tight coverage and made the first interception of his NFL career to help preserve a tie for the Steelers.

“They tested him,” safety Sean Davis said. “That’s what happens in the NFL. He lost his first battle but came back and won the second one. That’s what’s expected of him. I’m confident in Cam Sutton.”