At 39 years of age, Ben Roethlisberger is one of the oldest players in the NFL and has taken a lot of criticism for his arm strength over the past two years. But on Monday, one Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver had a message for Big Ben’s critics.
Appearing on NFL Network, Steelers wideout Chase Claypool dismissed critics of Roethlisberger’s arm strength. He said he doesn’t understand where the narrative comes from and says that timing on throws is good. Claypool added that he doesn’t believe Roethlisberger’s arm strength has ever factor into a game with him.
“He looks great. He’s putting the ball where it needs to be, and that’s all you can ever ask for,” Claypool said. “I’ve never really understood why people always question his arm strength. I don’t think he’s ever displayed in a game where his arm strength was an issue. His timing’s so good, even if his arm strength wasn’t where it was, his timing’s so good, he could time it up to where he doesn’t have to throw a bullet into a tight gap.”
Big Ben’s arm strength certainly didn’t seem to be a factor for Claypool as a rookie this past season. Claypool finished the season with 62 receptions for 873 yards and 11 total touchdowns – four of which came in a single game.
As you can see in this video, the arm strength is still there in practice too:
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 29, 2021
But it’s hard to say that Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t been at all affected by wear and tear over the years. The man has played a full 16-game season only once in the past six years, and only four times in his entire career.
Nevertheless, he’s managed to outlast the likes of Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, both of whom came from his same draft class but had significantly fewer injuries.
If and when Ben Roethlisberger does choose to retire, it’s far less likely to be on the heels of a decline in arm strength.
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