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Roethlisberger Reportedly Working With Wheaton, Moye Out In California


It’s early February, but it appears as though Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye are hard at it out in southern California.

According to a Tuesday tweet by Sam Nestler on Twitter, the three Steelers players, along with several draft hopefuls, had a field session with P.J. Nestler, the Sports Performance Director for Velocity Sports Performance in Irvine California.

We don’t know how long Roethlisberger and the young receivers have been out there, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s just good to see the Steelers quarterback getting some early offseason work in with his teammates. In addition, it’s a good sign that Roethlisberger is healthy.

According to an old post on the Velocity website, Roethlisberger trained at their center prior to him being drafted by the Steelers.

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  • steeltown

    Very Nice

    Even if a WR is drafted in the earlier Rds, Wheaton and Moye/J.Brown need to step up this year. Good to hear they are already putting time in.

  • T R

    Why is Sanders not out there.. TeeHee

  • BurgherinMD

    Good to hear. The Steelers’ brass opinion on what these two can be expected to provide this year will have a heavy bearing on rounds one through three in May’s draft. Cannot wait!

  • cencalsteeler

    Justin Brown should be there.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    THIS is the best freakin’ news I’ve heard in years. Less practice time and pad time mandated by the league, but no one is stopping you from these little supposed pick-up scrimmages, or just a little pass and catch. Fantastic. Who benefits most from this? The offense of course, where timing is everything! I love this.

    Now just think of the big picture: Moye gets some reps and hopefully gets into the gym to build up strength as he seems a little skinny to me. Wheaton was still in school last year, so this will help immensely, because he’s so fast that Ben kept throwing the ball behind him last year. Ben, lead that guy and you will see not only more catches, but I guarantee you will also see 5 yard catches turned up the filed for TD’s. Seriously. Guaranteed!

    Now if Ben was crippled again, and needed 1 or 2 off season surgeries, then this practice time would not be happening at all. Just another reason for Ben to try to get rid of the ball quicker. All these things I’ve been saying for ages, and how it works out. Sure, Ben might still get hurt, but his chances are diminished in this regard if he gets the ball out quick. Okay, I’m going on to long here.

    Bottom line is I am ecstatic to hear this. I bet anyone a beer that you will see better timing and execution by the offense next year. And Ben will even have more time to spend with his family and on the golf course instead of having surgery and rehab.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Absolutely.

  • Luke Shabro

    Can other media “pundits” now stop the Ben doesn’t work hard nonsense? Ben has never been amazing at pre snap reads or dissecting a defense like Manning and Brady but it’s not as if the guy doesn’t prepare at all. Of course he’s matured over the years and settling down seems to have made him even better but the guy isn’t a slouch.

  • JohnB

    This is EXACTLY what I wanted to see from Ben. Getting out there and building chemistry with the younger guys. One of the things that I always respected about P. Manning was a story I read by Austin Collie who said once he was drafted, that night Manning was on the phone with him telling him to come out and practice with him.

    My main hope is that this will help him get on the same page with Moye, and who knows maybe we wont NEED that big receiver cause we might already have it. and we can use our higher picks on other needs.

  • Jeff

    This is just great stuff to hear in February, especially from Ben. The make up of this team is starting to change back to one that we’re used to… Unselfish guys that want to win. This team is starting to sound hungry to get back to being a force in the AFC…

    Can’t wait until the draft!

  • ergomesh

    Moye has taken over Brown, but would love to see him out there working it still has a chance especially since we are predicted to not really do much draft of WR.

  • Mike Salvato

    I wonder if they are going to be there today I live like 10 minutes from there

  • dkoy85

    If I read that correctly you’re not expecting them to do much in the form of drafti a WR? They are expected to do a whole lot, possibly a 1st round selection of WR so its even more important for these guys to step it up.

  • brent

    I think you’re wrong on Ben not being able to dissect a defense. He showed he has no problem with it when they went to the no huddle.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    If he gets rid of the ball any quicker, he would be spiking it every pass down.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    We will always need better receivers than what Moye brings to the table, there are probably 20 wr in this draft better than ” local kid” Moye.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The thing I think is being overlooked is the part in the tweet about the combine players. Do they mean receivers? Maybe there is some advantage just to Ben being able to work with some of those high ranked guys and giving opinions on them. For instance, maybe Lee or Benjamin or Evans are there. If they are, Ben will have some strong opinions about who he likes and who he doesn’t.

  • JohnB

    yeah and we can get better WR later but not tall ones. I’d rather secure our defense in the earlier rounds than take a WR in the first round just cause he’s tall. Moye is a big guy that would be a good option for Ben in the Red Zone.

  • Steve

    Having Moye and Wheaton there will help timing and route runs. Don’t like warm beer as you Brits do but Cold darks are good and smooth, send one my way please.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Glad to hear them working together tells me they want to get better an win more games once ben an wheaton get on the same page as far as timing goes hes gonna be a real threat

  • Steve

    Go check em out and give us the scoop and a picture?

  • Steve

    The combine is where they check out the guys coming out for the draft.

  • Steve

    Moye’s full abilities have not been exploited. Why draft Benjamin if Moye has the same ability and it just needs brought out?

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It does matter how long they are there and what they are doing. If he is just putting in a cameo or there getting paid to help sell the program, that does a lot less than being there and working out. Let’s hope he is working out.

  • dkoy85

    Sure they can “check” them out at the combine but can they get hands on experience?

  • Shawn Winbush

    Very excited to see Ben getting a jump on the continuity between himself and Wheaton,Moye. Wheaton,from what has been said from the veterans and coaches,has a thirst for knowledge and a work ethic that reminds them AB.can you imagine having two AB’S in the lineup??and if Moye can get stronger,build a repoire with Ben,my goodness!I think we still sign Cotch, and still add another threat through the draft.It may not be a big target,or a even a first round target.This draft has plenty of weapons to add to what we are building.I love Ben taking the time to develop the WR corp,he knows and understands that,besides the draft and FA,he has to develop whats in the stable.Wheaton is going to be Crucial for our offense next year. Moye developing into something special with his height,could be a major red zone threat and possession reciever. Great job getting the early start guys.

  • Jollyrob68

    I don’t know where you heard that. They’ll draft a WR

  • Addison

    Darn it, this confirms he’s leaving for the Texan!

  • Sam Nestler

    Justin Brown was also out there…just does not have a twitter I could find. All working hard!

  • SFIC

    Even though this is good to see, I still believe the Steelers will take a WRTE within the first 4 rounds because the draft class is too good to pass up on this year.

  • Sam Nestler

    The combine players were top quarterback, recievers, and lineman working on combine drills

  • Matt Manzo

    And what about JBrown? I just can’t get his college numbers and the fact he was only at OK for 1 year, outta my mind! There’s gotta be some potential there? If he and Moye can step up we’re set at WR for years! Come on Coach Mann!!!

  • JPet

    Moye was awesome at State. I hope he can get some experience because I think he could be special.

  • JohnB

    hey the more the merrier, im just singling Moye out because we know he’s there. im glad Wheaton is there too because we saw them on the wrong page a couple times this season. The point is, im glad to see them this early on already working together and hope that it will pay off in the long run.

  • JohnB

    Maybe they already told Ben they aren’t drafting any WRs.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    YEAH…I’m not an idiot. I know what the COMBINE is. The point was there were combine invited players there….if there are receivers there….it is an opportunity for Ben to look them over. He might see some chemistry that the FO needs to know about.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    You see….THIS is what I wanted to hear. Combine invites there….Ben working with them. THAT is awesome.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ben gets it and its good to see that both Moye and Wheaton do too. QB to WR continuity is sooo important and the more reps they can get the better. Keep up the good work

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Any big name combine players, or any we’d recognize?

  • Nolrog

    Agree. I like the fact that they are working together. Hopefully that would build some chemistry and that carries over to the season.

  • Nolrog

    Agree. I’m thinking 3rd or 4th round, (assuming the compensation pick is a 3).

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Derek Moye deserves a shot, that droped pass in the end zone was a hard one to bring it down and I do believe he can deliver

  • cencalsteeler

    You made me laugh pretty good at that one!

  • brent

    That’s what I was thinking and I hope it’s Street.

  • Virdin Barzey

    We already know why……

  • Virdin Barzey

    Awesome. Now he doesn’t have to make up some silly reason for him to go play golf…like it helps his focus. LOL.

  • brent

    I believe wheaton said he is staying in Pittsburgh this off season to work with AB. If that’s true it’s awesome.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think TE is very important in the first half of the draft. Tomlin seems to find gems in the mid rounds at WR so I have no problem getting a guy later at that position.

  • SteelCity1981

    this is also an indication that sanders won’t be back so ben is getting early workouts with his young wr’s to get some chemistry going with them going into next season. I think the steelers will be a much better team next season. haley and ben have finally got the kinks worked out and are clicking on the same page and it started to show at the end of last season.

  • dkoy85

    You know it’s weird. At training camp I really wanted Moye to outshine JBrown because of the 2″ in height difference but even with my biased view of Moye I still came out of camp more impressed with JBrown. He seems to have better speed and more body control. I’m certainly no scout but I feel like JBrown has greater upside. Somebody up above said JBrown too was out in Cally practicing with Ben and the other receivers. Good to hear.

  • Novo Interiors

    @justinbrown19 & @dmoye6 :)

  • Shawn S.

    I agree. He also had some great catches last year. Must have been issues in practice. Good to see him working.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    I say lets stack defense, offense is set to great things, maybe a fast runing back to change pace but nothing more!

  • Steve

    Sanders was wasted money when we could have had a draft pick.

  • Steve

    Kenneth – sorry to answer you but sure will again!

  • SteelCity1981

    sanders was one of the best wr’s in the league last year. it wasn’t his fault that we lost the first 4 games in a row and missed the playoffs.

  • alex

    an 8-8 season ending in a 6-2 run and getting jacked out of the playoffs twice by the refs in the SD game makes for much-O hunger-O…

    we just need to hear this type of stuff about Mr. Flesh Wound-Woodley!

    ps. yes, im drooling for the draft too…

  • Steve

    What you been smokin? Brown was very good but Sanders, who you kidding?

  • SteelCity1981

    sanders is one of the most highly sought after wr free agents on the market this off season. he’s one of the fastest wr in the league. so what are you smokin

  • Steve

    Wallace is very fast and was the highest sought after free agent that signed a huge contract last year with Miami. The Steeler said “Good Riddance” to Mike as they will to Sanders”.

  • Steve

    Agreed upon, Steelers will be much better next year. Need to pickup a few key contributer on D.

  • SteelCity1981

    that’s because Wallace was asking way too much. that and we dug ourselves in a big salary cap hole by keeping old guys around longer then they should have been.

  • Steve

    Wallace had that “young money” attitude that Sanders got. Both want way too much $$$ for what they produce. Do you think Wallace was worth what he got? Sanders will get way too much $$$ for what he is worth also.

  • SteelCity1981

    I think that the wr is only as good as the qb that’s throwing to him. I’m not taking away from Wallace’s ability now, he is a pretty good wr but tannehill is no Roethlisberger. I mean you could have stuck jerry rice in his prime on a team that didn’t have a quality qb and as great as rice was he wouldn’t have had the success that he had in his career without a quality qb to fully utilize his great potential. So I think Wallace would been worth that kind of money only if he is paired with a quality qb to fully utilize his potential. I mean lets face it Roethlisberger help make him worth that kind of money and now that he is playing with a less talented qb it’s not showing that he is worth that money. it’s not his fault though but it makes him seem like he isn’t to worth that money when he plays with anything lesser then a quality qb.

  • Steve

    Big Ben’s arm strength in throwing the long bomb is not what it was when Wallace was with the Steelers. Ben throws a “Soft Pass”, one that is not 100 MPH like Leftwich had, so even if Wallace was with the Steelers, Ben might not be able to HEAVE it to him on a regular frquency. Ben is not taking the hits to his body by throwing shorter passes, so maybe it was best Wallace take the money and run to Miami.

  • SteelCity1981

    and that’s a good thing to get the ball out quicker. if ben kept getting hit like he did in seasons past his career would have been cut short.

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