He summed up his belief in his ability to make the switch after his first training camp practice in 2015: “It’s the effort and how you go about the task.”
When Pryor made the transition, he went full speed, spending a good part of two summers working with former receiver Randy Moss at his camp in North Carolina. A typical day there, Pryor said, started at 8 a.m. with lifting and cardio work, followed by 2 1/2 hours on the field working on technique and drills. The day concluded with what sounds like a test of endurance; Pryor and the other receivers at the camp ran 10 to 15 80-yard sprints with a 15-second break between each run. The words “80 yards” and “sprint” usually are not correlated.
The second facet of the approach was the mental one. When it was put to Pryor midway through the season that his transition seemed impossible, he merely said: “Nothing is impossible.”
This is a player who will never lack for confidence or belief in himself. That can rub people the wrong way, but it also makes him who he is.
Also, Roethlisberger revels in cold-weather games, going 22-7 for his career in temperatures below 32 degrees.
Game Youth Ty Sambrailo Jersey But there’s one stat that Roethlisberger would no doubt like to redirect: his home-vs.-away production. While averaging 332 yards and nearly three touchdowns per game in his last 16 Heinz Field appearances, he has averaged 279 yards, 1.06 touchdowns and 1.06 interceptions per road game during that 16-game clip.
Recently, Roethlisberger has referenced his ability to control the noise and call a tighter cadence at home. Arrowhead Stadium will not help him in this area.
Roethlisberger plans to combat Arrowhead with speed.
“Tempo,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan. “The faster we can get to the line of scrimmage, the more time we can communicate and check and make those things happen.”
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Roethlisberger has had a solid season — not his best, but very good. He’ll have at least one chance to punctuate it with a legacy moment.