The same goes for the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's body Brian Gibbons Jersey , save for the occasional unwanted collision with a teammate.
If the scariest moment Roethlisberger endures all season is the accidental blindside hit from right tackle Marcus Gilbert 鈥?who inadvertently knocked the wind out of Roethlisberger during practice last week, sending a brief scare through the organization and sending Roethlisberger into the concussion protocol as a precaution 鈥?the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every significant passing category will take it.
"Hopefully, the hardest hit I take all year is from Gilbert and we can laugh at it at the end of the year," Roethlisberger said with a laugh on Tuesday.
Maybe, but nobody was laughing when Roethlisberger's familiar No. 7 was kneeling on the turf at Saint Vincent College. He took a pair of concussion tests and passed them both, clearing him to make his lone preseason appearance on Sunday when the Steelers host Tennessee.
It's been more than eight months since Roethlisberger last faced guys in different-colored uniforms, when he threw for a franchise playoff-record 469 yards and five touchdowns in a playoff loss to Jacksonville.
Until the 2017 offseason 鈥?when he waited weeks before announcing his return 鈥?Roethlisberger said right away he would be back in 2018, an endorsement of both the coaching staff and the talent surrounding him in the huddle.
Saturday will be the first time Roethlisberger will be hearing Randy Fichtner's voice in his headset during a game. The Steelers promoted the longtime quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in January.
Though the low-key Fichtner carries himself differently than his predecessor 鈥?the fiery Todd Haley 鈥?Roethlisberger expects the offense to "pretty much stay the same."
That's hardly a bad thing for a group that finished third in total yards while going 13-3 in 2017. The key to earning a fifth straight playoff berth will be turning all those yards into a few more points.
Pittsburgh was eighth in the league in average points per game (25.4) due in part to some red zone issues. The Steelers finished a middling 18th in turning red-zone possessions into touchdowns (53 percent).
Pittsburgh drafted former Oklahoma State star wide receiver James Washington in the second round, and Washington had a pair of touchdowns last week against Green Bay by outjumping the defender on a 50/50 ball.
It's something they'd like to see more of this fall in general, including from second-year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. He wowed at times during his rookie season. Now comes the hard part as the firmly established No. 2 alongside All-Pro Antonio Brown: doing it again.
"The key for him is how can he bounce back and not just put together a good year like last year but be better," Roethlisberger said. "It starts with work and he put in a lot work patrick mahomes authentic jersey , effort and time. I am looking forward to what he can do this year."
Roethlisberger isn't quite sure how long he'll get a chance to be on the field with Smith-Schuster and the rest of the starting offense this weekend. A couple of scoring drives early would likely make Roethlisberger's appearance a mere cameo.
A slow start might result in a bit of a longer stay. Regardless of how he feels, he still expects there to be some issues adjusting to game speed even entering his 15th season.
"It's live action," Roethlisberger said. "We have been at practice and everything gets a little faster, a little quicker. I hope I don't get hit, but it's always good to knock that rust off, too, at some point."
NOTES: WR Eli Rogers was suspended for one week by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Rogers is on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from a torn ACL. Rogers is not expected to be ready by the opening week of the season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Breaking his left ankle and having his career put in jeopardy has given New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. a new perspective on life and football.
Speaking to reporters here for the first time since getting hurt in a game in early October, Beckham on Saturday was thankful to be back on the field and seemingly more relaxed and more mature.
The 25-year-old said he was not worrying about upcoming contract talks, even though he admits he is taking a calculated risk being in training camp coming off an injury and in the final year of his rookie contract.
“I literally watched my world turn upside down,” said Beckham Authentic Nail Yakupov Jersey , whose ankle snapped in a game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 8. “I watched relationships close to me devour and things go wrong, and things go sideways. It was a lot of pain that I went through the last 10 months.
“So, just kind of taking it day by day and trying my best to just make my mindset every day that I wake up I am going to be happy,” the three-time Pro Bowler said. “I am going to do this right. I am going to do the very best that I can in whatever it is, whatever it is I am doing. I changed my mindset and it has helped me a lot in everything.”
The 10-month rehabilitation was not only tough, Beckham also had to deal with reports that the Giants were considering trading him and the never-ending social media tweets and video about his life off the field.
Beckham called the trade talk rumor and noise that he has now learned to ignore.
“I remember I used to say all the time: ‘Don’t take it personal’ and stuff, but I still took things personal and I really have gotten that out of my heart to not take anything personal,” he said. “And with doing that, it’s left things that I used to worry about out of the equation. So, once you can really put that in your heart, don’t take it personal and you can feel that Willie Young Jersey , it’s a completely different story.”