Ben Roethlisberger says next year’s open quarterback competition will be good for Mason Rudolph

With his upcoming retirement imminent, Ben Roethlisberger pulled back the curtain Wednesday as it relates to talking about the future. Barring a Steelers win and a Jaguars win over the Colts, Sunday’s road game against the Ravens will be the final game in an 18-year career for Roethlisberger, who on Monday night capped off his career at Heinz Field with an emotional win over the Cleveland Browns. 

Roethlisberger said that he has already spoken to former teammates about the transition he is about to make. Roethlisberger expressed optimism in the future of Pittsburgh’s offense, a unit that includes running back Najee Harris, tight end Pat Freiermuth and receivers Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Roethlisberger was also asked about quarterback Mason Rudolph, who at this time would be the likely player to succeed Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh’s next starting quarterback. 

“He works really hard,” Roethlisberger said of Rudolph, whose only start this season was Pittsburgh’s Week 10 against the Lions. “He’s smart, he understands what’s going on. I think that it’s just the repetition. … I think this offseason, probably knowing that there’s going to be a competition for it, I think that’s going to be good for him. 

“It’s probably pretty hard to wrap your mind around what do I have to do to be a starter when there’s an old, veteran guy ahead of you. So I think that that could do wonders for him this offseason.”

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