Derek Moye Says Recent Workout In California With Ben Roethlisberger Went Well

Last week we passed along word that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was out in Southern California getting some on-the-field work in with a few draft hopefuls in addition to young wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye. Now, thanks to interview with Moye by Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, we know a little bit more about what went on.

According to Moye, Roethlisberger requested not only his presence for the informal workout, but the presence of Wheaton and Justin Brown as well.

“It went well,” Moye said, according to Bradford. “It was a chance to get out there and catch some balls from him [Roethlisberger] on the field but we didn’t do that all day, we were able to get to know each other a little bit better as well.”

As Bradford also reports, the training sessions took place in Irvine, Calif., home of Rep 1 Sports, where Roethlisberger’s representation is headquartered. As previously mentioned Velocity Sports Performance is also located in Irvine and that explains why several draft hopefuls, several of whom are presumably Rep 1 Sports clients, were also present.

We don’t know for sure if Roethlisberger flipped the bill to fly his young wide receivers out to California, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he did. Regardless of who paid for what, it’s good to see the veteran quarterback be able to get some work in with his young teammates, even if it wasn’t very much.

As the great Paul Harvey always used to say at the end of his reports, “And now you know … the rest of the story.”

  • GH05T

    Imo the players need to spend more time learning and practicing with each other i remember when i was young mike webster ,robin cole, jack ham,jon kolb and quite a few of the 70’s steelers spent of time together in a local gym in my home town and they really thrived on it the current training schedule is a joke when you compare it to the work ethic of these men

  • John Williams

    So Ben requested the presence of Wheaton and Justin Brown. Did they show up?

  • steeltown

    Wheaton and Moye were there

  • steeltown

    No doubt, the new cba rules and regulations when it pertains to training and practice before and during the season is an absolute joke

  • steeltown

    I like that Ben basically is saying, hey you young guys lets go play some catch, we need to get to know eachother more, on and off the field

  • woo9535

    Justin Brown was there, too.

  • AndyR34

    Agreed…but you have to put that all on the owners. They wanted…no, demanded…that the players get a smaller piece of the pie. In return the players said…OK, we work less hard. The owners said, OK, the NFL is so popular we will take a diluted product in order to pocket more of the money. Thus we have more injuries and thus a slightly poorer product.

  • steeltown

    Nothing i’ve read said he was there, not even in the initial report last week

  • Apexsimba

    The same guy who posted the report also said Justin Brown was there in another tweet. He just wasn’t in the picture.

  • woo9535

    Sam Nestler said it himself in Steel Depot comments.
    It’s also in an article by Behind the Steel Curtain.
    I have the links but the site won’t let me post them.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I have not seen anywhere that Brown was there…where did you see that at?

  • Brendon Glad

    I have higher hopes for moye than most. I liked what I saw from him in preseason. He obviously didn’t bust into the league like marcus Colston did…but there were things about moye that reminded me of Colston. I see good things in his future, so I hope it’s with the Steelers. His hands seemed to kind of “swallow-up the ball”. Limited sample size, but I think he will end up being closer to marcus Colston than to say a Danny Farmer, or Limas Sweed or or the tall Florida kid who hung around as the 6th WR for a few years in the 94-97-ish time frame. But like I said, limited sample size for me cuz I don’t go to training camp.

  • CrazyTerry

    I thought Haley gave up on Moye too fast last year. Sanders had worse drops and Moye gets forgotten after one mere end zone drop?

  • James Kling

    Props for the Danny Farmer reference!

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  • steeltown

    That would be good news if indeed true

  • steeltown

    Agreed, but he only played in 7games total last year, once Miller and Bell were back in action Moye was the odd man out

  • joed32

    He has problems getting separation because of his lack of quickness but I agree that his hands are pretty good.

  • Brandon James

    It was reported that Brown was there.

  • Rick Hankey

    Ah yes! But he missed Fred Gibson :)… harmless zing1

  • Rick Hankey

    Actually didn’t Gibson go to Georgia? Maybe I am thinking of someone else… zing on me!

  • Brendon Glad

    Good one…I DID miss Fred Gibson. That’s another one. I was thinking of Corey Holliday…but he wasn’t 6’4″ and not from Florida either. I don’t know where I got the tall Florida WR from. But I think we did have one somewhere in there too…lol.

  • tim

    I think Dwyer and Woodley should have showed up over there also, Dwyer can get a few passes from the backfield and Woodley can practice covering… Anybody…nothing wrong with trying to be well rounded

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    why wasn’t Justin brown there? he and moye represent two big targets for ben

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    ben wants big receivers brown and moye are both very capable, not sure why haley did not use them more as well