The pump fake is a major weapon in Ben Roethlisberger’s arsenal now, but when he was a young player he often used the maneuver to literally buy time because he didn’t know what to do.
The Steelers quarterback told Sports Illustrated when he was a younger, he often pump faked because he didn’t know where to go with the ball. He used the pump fake to buy time.
As one Twitter commenter put it quite well, defenses often had trouble figuring out what Roethlisberger was doing with the ball because he often didn’t know what he was going to do himself.
It just goes to show that even the best quarterbacks in the league have needed to develop into Pro Bowl players. In Roethlisberger’s development he learned how to use the pump fake as effectively as any QB in the league. It just took him a while to get to that point.
“Hosting the game is important to us, as Tampa Bay has been through a lot over the past few days,” Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford said in a statement. “We look forward to providing our fans and the entire region an opportunity to come together this Sunday to kick off our 2017 season.”
Bucs players are starting to trickle back into town now that Tampa International Airport has reopened on a limited basis. Some players and coaches evacuated with the team to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday; others left earlier in the week with their families for other states or rode out the storm.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy posted a video on Instagram of him driving to work Tuesday: