The Facts: His 15th camp approaches, leaving Roethlisberger searching for a balance between rest and readiness. "It's a fine line I walk at this age, of resting and getting my body enough rest for the season and working out to prepare," said Roethlisberger, 36, before retreating for some down time like the rest of his teammates. "My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be. But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age."
Roethlisberger has hosted team workouts at his summer home in Waconia, Georgia, in past years and could do so again. Meanwhile, as ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler notes, once camp begins, the Steelers are intentional with Roethlisberger's usage, giving him days off as a way to keep a prized investment fresh for 17 weeks. They probably will do the same starting in late July at St. Vincent College, especially with backups Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph needing reps. Some days, Roethlisberger will spend the latter portions of practices with ice on his shoulder or knees as veteran maintenance. In perhaps a shrinking championship window with the Steelers' core offensive players intact, Roethlisberger eyes a third Super Bowl and enters a de facto contract year that he's not fretting. All in all, it sounds like a pretty good place for Big Ben heading into the season.