Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger throwing pain-free

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he's "throwing without pain for the first time in years."

What It Means:

"I have no doubts I’m going to be able to come back and play well — none," Roethlisberger said. "Right now, it’s about 40 throws a day and about 20 yards. Our goal was for me to be 80, 90, 100% by OTAs and minicamp." Offseason activities could be heading for cancellation due to COVID-19, so Roethlisberger may benefit from additional recovery time. He was limited to a game and a half last season before going down with an elbow injury that required surgery. Roethlisberger turned 38 earlier this month.

It was obviously a small sample size, but Roethlisberger's -0.10 Passing Net Expected points per play last year was the first time in his 16-year career that he dipped into the negatives. His average depth of target of 9.3 yards would have been fifth-most among the 33 quarterbacks with at least 200 pass attempts.