Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ Fans.
It’s nothing new to say that NFL players do whatever it takes to be in the best physical condition possible in preparation for the upcoming season. We’ve already heard about James Washington’s transformation which included dropping about ten pounds in an effort to transform his body into something better than it was. We don’t often apply this to quarterbacks but in recent years they’ve often been the ones leading this effort. Tom Brady’s nutrition and conditioning became so epic he published a book on it. As it often does however, Ben Roethlisberger’s offseason work continues to fly under the radar. Because Big Ben doesn’t speak to the media often and because he isn’t active on social media, very little is known about what he specifically does. What he can’t hide however is the result. He is noticeably thinner in his face and his mid-section and looks as good as he has in years. Now this isn’t the first time he’s entered the year looking great. It’s often been about his in-season conditioning that has struggled. The last couple of seasons however were different as his in-season regimen matched his offseason. Roethlisberger has always relied on his size and strength to ward off tacklers and absorb punishment. Will the shedding of pounds help or hurt in that? It’s kind of a 50-50 proposition but I know this; he has clearly made it a priority to not only continue his career as long as he can but he’s doing it in the best way possible.
Speaking of dropping pounds, I couldn’t help but notice Steelers’ Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler’s thin face during his interview last week. Good to see coaches take their health as seriously as the players!
Tweet of the Day… It may be the “Dead Period” but VWill knows what the goal is.
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) June 18, 2019
There was some talk last week about James Conner and his workload as the primary running back. If you’ve followed the Steelers during the Mike Tomlin era then you know he tends to hitch his wagon to one particular back. Spreading around the carries has never been a ‘thing’ in Pittsburgh despite much of the league moving in that direction. This coming season will test whether Tomlin has evolved. Jaylen Samuels is capable as a running back and will Benny Snell, Jr be the short yardage pounder some think he will? This is something we really won’t know until the season is underway.
I’m probably in the minority here but I don’t think it’s a good idea for active NFL players to be “liking” or “retweeting” anything from O.J. Simpson who is now on Twitter. Players are adults and are free to do as they choose in this regard and I respect that 100%. In our current society however, I’m not sure it’s such a good look though.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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