1. Browns will see Ben dink and dunk
The Browns should see Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dinking and dunking a lot when he returns to the lake front.
Big Ben just doesn’t go downfield like he used to, ranking near the bottom of the QB rankings in intended air yards. This stat measures how far the ball actually went int he the air to your intended target. For comparisons sake, Baker Mayfield is among the top eight quarterbacks in this department, with 8.8 IAY per throw.
For the better part of two decades, we saw Roethlisberger evade pressure in the pocket by using his size and nimble feet to shed blockers. With a flick of the wrist, he always had a knack for finding a wide open receiver downfield.
That just isn’t Ben anymore, who some writers are proclaiming, is making his last trip to Browns’ Stadium.
While his inability to push the ball downfield will help the Browns, I’ll be hoping the veteran doesn’t recapture the magic…because you know he wants to. He’s owned Browns Stadium ever since being passed over by Butch Davis in the 2004 NFL Draft.