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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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5 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates

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The 2020 NFL regular season will be unique for many reasons, but it will also feature a slew of players attempting to make a comeback — some in new uniforms.

Whether these players missed time due to injury, inconsistency or retirement, all should be considered strong candidates to win the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Here is a look at five strong candidates to win the


Jay Glazer clarifies comments about Ben Roethlisberger’s fitness

Ben Roethlisberger

Jay Glazer took some shots at Ben Roethlisberger last week over the veteran quarterback’s workout routine, and Big Ben was bothered by the comments. Glazer has already tried to set the record straight once, but he offered even more context on Tuesday.

In his latest mailbag for The Athletic, Glazer said he spoke with Roethlisberger on the phone recently and the Pittsburgh Steelers star stressed the importance of rehabbing from his elbow injury. When Glazer wrote last week that Roethlisberger’s idea of an offseason workout program is “doing one yoga session, playing golf, and drinking some beer,” many took that to mean Big Ben is not talking his rehab seriously. That bothered Roethlisberger, and Glazer said Tuesday that he didn’t mean for it to come off that way.

“The one thing I want to clarify because it wasn’t fair to Ben is I never talked about his commitment to this rehab. He has been committed,” Glazer wrote. “Roethlisberger told me the other day, he has been training his butt off doing his rehab and how important it is to him. He wants to come back better than he was before. This is the first time he’s ever dealt with something like this so he’s thrown himself into this rehab.”

Glazer said he and Roethlisberger “bust each other’s chops a lot,” which is why he made the original comments about Big Ben’s lack of fitness. This is now the second time that Glazer has addressed the remarks since he initially made them, so obviously he wants to make sure the record is straight.

Roethlisberger is never going to be compared to Tom Brady from a health and wellness standpoint, but the 38-year-old has maintained that he is committed to coming back stronger than ever after missing most of last season.

Ben Roethlisberger was upset with Jay Glazer over fitness comment

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger was bothered by a remark from Jay Glazer and called the NFL reporter about it.

Last week, Glazer jabbed Roethlisberger by downplaying the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s fitness. The story received attention and was seen by Roethlisberger, who reached out to Glazer about it.

Glazer was a guest on “The Jason Smith Show” last week and addressed the situation. Glazer said Roethlisberger’s agent reached out to him to say Big Ben was upset. Glazer downplayed things and said the two are on good terms.

“I make fun of Ben all the time and he makes fun of me,” Glazer stated. “It’s a locker room. We get after each other. But he was honestly upset by this and I credit him, too, that he called me back about it, or that he reached out. Because he reached out and then we talked about it. As a man, if you’ve got an issue with somebody, you call him. That’s why I called him. He called me back and we handled it and we hashed it out. And yeah, he’s like, ‘I am rehabbing,'” Glazer said, via Steelers Depot.

As Glazer shared, part of the reason why Roethlisberger was bothered was because the quarterback felt Glazer’s comment would influence the way fans feel about Big Ben’s rehab from elbow surgery. Glazer made clear that the comment had nothing to do with how Roethlisberger is rehabbing.

Though we were one of the sites that played a role in publicizing Glazer’s original remark, we did so because we found it humorous, not because we thought it represented Roethlisberger’s lack of dedication to football.

Steelers ‘confident’ Ben Roethlisberger will be ready for start of season

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are optimistic about Ben Roethlisberger’s status for the 2020 season.

Roethlisberger only played in two games last season and underwent elbow surgery in September. The Steelers quarterback said last month that he was planning to be ready for minicamp and OTAs, which are not happening due to the pandemic. Still, he and his coaches expect him to be ready for the season.

Mike Tomlin appeared on NFL Network’s schedule release show Thursday and said the team is “extremely confident” in Roethlisberger being ready.

Roethlisberger is now 38 and nearing the end of his career. He is under contract through next year and the Steelers do not exactly have a top-line backup, so Roethlisberger obviously still figures deeply in their plans. The team’s general manager doesn’t think Roethlisberger is close to retirement yet.

Pittsburgh has Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges behind Big Ben on the depth chart at quarterback.

Jay Glazer rips Ben Roethlisberger over fitness regimen

In addition to his role as a FOX Sports NFL insider, Jay Glazer trains various NFL players during the offseason. That makes his criticism of one star player even more jarring.

As part of his mailbag column for The Athletic, Glazer delivered a savage line about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s fitness, stating that the two words don’t even belong in the same sentence.


That said, none of this seems to bother Roethlisberger. He’s still a reliable quarterback at 38 years old, and looks poised to come back from elbow surgery in 2020. Sure, maybe some of Roethlisberger’s peers are a bit more committed to their fitness than he is, but it doesn’t really seem to hurt him much.

Ben Roethlisberger seems excited about Chase Claypool draft pick

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Ben Roethlisberger already appears to be all-in on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pick of Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool.

After being drafted by the Steelers with the No. 49 overall pick on Friday, Claypool said that Roethlisberger called him right after he got off the phone with the team, per Brooke Pryor of ESPN. Claypool also said that Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster texted him not long after.

For the six-time Pro Bowler Roethlisberger, building good rapport with his receivers will be important. He missed almost the entire 2019 season with an injury to his throwing elbow and may not have too long left at 38 years old.

The physically-imposing Claypool, who logged 1,037 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns as a senior, should be a quality weapon for Roethlisberger. Let’s just hope though that he does not listen to Big Ben’s grooming advice.

Ben Roethlisberger says he will be ‘ready to go’ when NFL camps start

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NFL OTAs have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is a real shame for Ben Roethlisberger.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he would have been ready for OTAs had they proceeded as scheduled, and vowed to be ready whenever in-person work is allowed to resume.

“I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic on Monday. “That was going to be the plan. Now I don’t know how much I was going to do, I don’t know if I was going to be doing team stuff or stuff like that, but I would have been definitely going to be out there ready to go.

“My plan was to be out there doing individuals, doing one-on-one routes during OTAs and minicamps. That obviously is not going to happen. But if I was ready then, I’ll be ready when it’s time.”

Roethlisberger is recovering from elbow surgery that cost him virtually all of the 2019 season. His prognosis appears good, and he’ll have some extra time for rehab at this rate. No word on the state of his ridiculous beard.