Mason Rudolph says Ben Roethlisberger has been ‘great,’ ‘helpful’
The relationship between Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph appeared to get off to a rocky start after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected the latter in the third round in the 2018 NFL Draft.
According to Rudolph, however, Roethlisberger could not have been more helpful throughout the Steelers’ offseason program.
Rudolph made an appearance this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio during which he praised Big Ben for being a great mentor.
“We’re kind of all in different walks of our career with Landry [Jones] and Josh [Dobbs] and then obviously Ben, so we get along really well,” Rudolph said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “It’s just a big group of guys that want to learn and want to continue to perfect their craft. And the times that we have been around Ben, he’s been great, he’s been helpful.
“Just seeing the way he kind of runs even stuff like just routes on air, he’s the one that’s kind of dictating what we’re going to do that day. He’s giving pointers, he’s placing balls here and there, he’s kind of letting me know that ball placement’s everything and we’re going to protect the receiver here and there and on certain routes and looks and conversions. So, he’s been great and it’s fun to watch one of the best.”
Roethlisberger made some comments post-draft that indicated a preference for the Steelers selecting a player that could have been more helpful in the short-term in the spot where the team took Rudolph. Roethlisberger later walked back those comments, saying, “I’ll do whatever I can to help” Rudolph’s development.
That said, Rudolph previously stated during the drama following the draft that it was not up to Roethlisberger to teach him. Instead, it was his job to learn. Either way, it appears from Rudolph’s comments that he and Big Ben are at least somewhat on the same page.