Add Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to the growing list of pundits who believe Johnny Manziel’s reckless style of play won’t work at the NFL level.
Roethlisberger said on his radio show, that he doesn’t believe Manziel is big enough to take the physical pounding that will be required of an NFL quarterback.
“I was in the weight room the other day with Joey Porter, (and he was) asking me what I thought about Manziel,” Roethlisberger said on his radio show. “I looked at Joey and said, ‘Joey, do you think if you got a good hit on him, that he would be OK? And he said, ‘No, not at all.’ And that’s my question. You have guys like Joey Porter, who’s a big guy, guys that are fast like Troy (Polamalu), Ike Taylor coming off the edge, Lawrence Timmons. You’d better be real athletic, get down or be big.”
“I think he definitely has a lot of upside, but let’s wait and see. The key I’ll say every year when I get asked about RGIII, Andrew Luck, or whoever it is, Cam Newton. It’s not about your first year, it’s about years two, three and four.
“Can you sustain it when defenses, like Coach [Dick] LeBeau and the defenses he coaches, when they figure you out, can you find a way to stay a step above them?
We have to point out that Roelisberger and Blake Bortles share the same agent. Sounds like a bit of NFL Draft style gamesmanship going on here.