The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing their organized team activities heading into the second week on Tuesday. With the workouts being volunteer, and the NFLPA encouraging players to not participate, exactly who and how many players showing up for the Steelers each day remains to be seen.
With limited access to information during these workouts, we here at Behind The Steel Curtain are doing our best to compile the information into one spot as to what is going on at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex as the Steelers begin their on-field preparation for the 2021 season. Below is a compilation of information from various Steelers beat reporters who have limited attendance during the workouts. Information will come in chronological order from top to bottom to the best of our ability.
Hello from Day 4 of Steelers OTAs where Ben Roethlisberger had some new faces to throw to today. One of them has fuchsia hair, obscured by his helmet. pic.twitter.com/6ZpyK2s7Br— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) June 1, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger, talking via zoom today, said he felt it was the right thing to let the team know right away he wanted to come back for 2021. He said he felt like he had more in the tank.— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger said he didn't play well enough at the end of the 2020 season: 'It's no secret. When the ball is in your hand every play, you have to make plays and play better football.'— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
'It was my idea.' - @_BigBen7 on taking a pay cut for the 2021 season— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger said he feels the Steelers have a special team that people are overlooking, and he likes that.— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger said he thinks the Steelers offense will look completely different this year and it won't be predictable.— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger said he can already tell @ohthatsNajee22 is a hard-worker, even coaches telling him to leave the building because he spends so much time there, and that he is picking things up and nothing is too big for him.— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
'I'm black and gold through and through. I will always bleed black and gold.' - @_BigBen7 on asked if he would consider finishing his career elsewhere— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 1, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger was forced to do a lot of playcalling/game designing on the fly last season. Now he has a new OC, whose system is very different than what he's run lately. The 39-year old QB says, "I'm just trying to do everything I can to be open to the new challenge."— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) June 1, 2021
Hey, 7 is throwing the ball to some familiar targets, including a rather large and fast man and a guy with pink hair pic.twitter.com/mRwjHrsFhJ— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) June 1, 2021
Couple of “new” receivers at OTAs today pic.twitter.com/uqPT7UqoV3— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) June 1, 2021
Really have been impressed by Kalen Ballage. pic.twitter.com/DTGzXW6N4n— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) June 1, 2021
Great shot from Steelers photographer Caitlyn Epes. And it's begging for your captions... pic.twitter.com/EYcgDHleLr— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) June 1, 2021