Big Ben on Rudolph pick: How does it help us win now?

One year after seriously contemplating retirement, Ben Roethlisberger is struggling with the Steelers ‘ decision to draft Mason Rudolph as his heir apparent.

A generous assessment of Roethlisberger’s reaction would concede that he’s simply being overprotective of his mates in the 2017 quarterback room, Jones and Dobbs.

Those two guys are who I feel the worst for, Roethlisberger offered. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t worried about [Rudolph] coming and taking my job. I feel confident that I can go out and beat whoever I need to beat out for my job…. I do feel bad for those guys.

I don’t know what’s going to happen. I assume Landry’s still the two, I don’t really know. And Josh, same thing. Last year you take him in the fourth round, so does that mean the Steelers screwed up in that pick? Like do they think that he wasn’t the one that they thought, or has he not developed the way they thought? Why else would you take a quarterback in the third round the next year?

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