Diontae Johnson says people who doubt Ben Roethlisberger's arm strength are 'crazy'
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Diontae Johnson spoke with the media after Monday's practice and he touched on a myriad of topics, the biggest being his issues of catching the ball last season, as he led the league in drops with 16, according to Sports Info Solutions.
However, another noteworthy discussion that Johnson talked about was the much-debated arm strength of Ben Roethlisberger, as analysts like Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Schein and Jason La Canfora believe the 39-year-old quarterbacks arm is shot.
Johnson thinks they're all "crazy" for believing that.
"People who are saying that are crazy, because at the end of the day they're not out here with Big Ben, so they can't really say or whatnot," Johnson said when asked about people doubting Roethlisberger's deep ball. "But me personally, me being able to play with him, I'm out there with him so I know how he's throwing the ball or whatnot. He still has it even though he's up there in his age, I'm not calling him old, but he still got it. He's shown it at practice, completing passes, deep balls whether that's short, intermediate throws or whatnot. He still has it."
Chase Claypool also touched on Roethlisberger's arm strength when he spoke with the NFL Network after Monday's practice, and he also doesn't understand the negativity
surrounding Roethlisberger's deep ball.
"He looks great. He's putting the ball where it needs to be, and that's all you can ever ask for," Claypool said of Roethlisberger. "I've never really understood why people always question his arm strength. I don't think he's ever displayed in a game where his arm strength was an issue. His timing's so good, even if his arm strength wasn't where it was, his timing's so good, he could time it up to where he doesn't have to throw a bullet into a tight gap."