PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – On Thursday’s Starkey and Mueller show, Ed Bouchette came on for his weekly visit to talk with the hosts on several subjects regarding the possibility of Ben Roethlisberger getting a milestone victory, potential player confidence issues and injury updates in anticipation for Sunday’s game with the Indianapolis Colts.
When asked about the possibility of Roethlisberger reaching his milestone 100th victory as a starter, Bouchette said, “He [Roethlisberger] puts more stock in his victories than any other stat on his record.”
A win on Sunday would make him the fourth fastest quarterback to reach that milestone behind Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana and another surefire Hall of Famer Tom Brady.
Bouchette was also asked about Mike Adams filling in at right tackle for Marcus Gilbert who suffered a concussion in Monday’s win over the Houston Texans as it looks like Gilbert will miss this week’s match-up.
“You almost have to be because they don’t have a lot of tackles on this team. They were talking about bring out Maurkice Pouncey if they had another injury,” said Bouchette. “Adams, 24, is a former second-round pick, has started 16 games during his NFL career and has been widely regarded as a disappointment thus far in his career.”
Bouchette was also asked about the confidence issues with wide receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback Cortez Allen.
“He got a little down on himself,” Bouchette said about Wheaton. “He is working hard, taking time out in the quarterback meeting, going over stuff with them,” Bouchette said.
Wheaton has only caught 5 passes for 50 yard over the past three games and didn’t register a single catch in Monday’s game against the Texans.
On Allen’s confidence, Bouchette stated, “I don’t think you like seeing that, especially in a cornerback, and Ike Taylor is trying to be his confidant there and trying to work with him on that stuff, but ultimately, we’ve seen confidence ruin many a player who had ability.”
Cortez Allen was demoted to nickel duty recently and he is trying to live up to the new 5-year, $25 million dollar contract he said prior to the season.
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