Roethlisberger improved with his arm strength, and flashed the ability to throw on the run and across his body that marked his first two seasons in the league. Roethlisberger's most impressive pass came off a scramble when he zipped the ball to Ward on the sideline. He also feathered a deep pass between linebacker Larry Foote
and Troy Polamalu
into the arms of Quincy Morgan
"Everything feels pretty good," Roethlisberger said. "My arm feels good. I feel like it's coming along well. It's better than it has been in previous camps."
Teammates in the spring had hoped that another year of experience would further the development of a quarterback with a 27-4 record in his two regular seasons in the league, but a June 12 motorcycle accident put those hopes on hold.
The Wednesday night performance eased any fears.
"He made some great throws," Whisenhunt said. "He made some strong throws down the field so it was exciting."
"The only thing now is if he gets hit. What happens then?" Ward said. "But Ben's a competitor, a warrior."