Big Ben “solid” in first preseason action

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From The Sporting News:

Ben Roethlisberger led his team to a total of three points in three drives during his 2010 preseason debut on Saturday against the New York Giants.

Roethlisberger was 3-for-3 on his first possession, but the drive was derailed on a big tackle for a loss by Justin Tuck on a rush attempt by Antwaan Randle El.

The second drive ended with an interception as Roethlisberger was chased out of the pocket by Giants defenders. Roethlisberger attempted to hit Steelers receiver Mike Wallace while rolling to his right, but left the ball short and Giants corner Corey Webster picked off the pass.

On Roethlisberger’s third — and final — drive, he went 3-for-4, including an impressive 17-yard pass to Randle El to convert a 3rd-and-14 play. In total, Roethlisberger finished 6-for-8 with 76 yards and an interception. Heath Miller was his most frequent target with three receptions for 33 yards.

Roethlisberger came out of the game at the start of the Steelers’ fourth series in the middle of the second quarter. Byron Leftwich took over for Pittsburgh at quarterback.


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From Rotoworld:

Big Ben looks sharp in preseason debut.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 6-of-8 passes for 76 yards and an interception against the Giants in his preseason debut Saturday.

Big Ben was pressured out of the pocket and forced to throw off his back foot, coming up short on the interception to an open Mike Wallace. Other than that one mistake, though, Roethlisberger looked terrific behind a shaky offensive line for three drives.


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From NFL Fanhouse:

He’s not going to play in a game that means anything until October, but Ben Roethlisberger looked good enough Saturday night that Steelers fans have something to look forward to.

The crowd here at the New Meadowlands Stadium booed Roethlisberger when he completed his first pass, but that was as strong a reaction as he got all night.


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And from the AP:

Ben Roethlisberger was solid in his first preseason action with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Roethlisberger completed six of eight passes for 76 yards and led the Steelers on a long drive in making the start against the New York Giants.

Roethlisberger’s best series was his last, when he led the Steelers on a 13-play, 58-yard drive that lasted 7 minutes, 5 seconds and ended in a 26-yard field goal by Jeff Reed. Roethlisberger hit consecutive passes of 13 yards to Heath Miller and 17 yards to Antwaan Randle-El to get Pittsburgh a first and goal.


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