PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined “The Cook and Poni Show” from his Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational at Treesdale Country Club Monday morning.

He said he is grateful for a beautiful day for his third tournament, which raises money to purchase K-9 officers for local police departments.

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It began when he purchased a new K-9 officer for his hometown after a dog was shot and killed.

The Steelers’ season will really get underway when they report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe for training camp on July 25. However, they got an early preview with mini-camp last week and Roethlisberger tells the guys he likes what he saw.

“I thought it was a really good camp. This is as fast of a defense I have seen since I have been here,” Roethlisberger said. “Offensively, I thought the O-line played great and Justin Brown had a great camp.”

Roethlisberger says he is doing what he can to help develop relationships with his new guys on offense, including the young receivers who he took on a trip to California to work on routes.

He thinks it has paid off.

Roethlisberger says health will be the biggest key to the Steelers improving on those back-to-back 8-8 seasons and looking to get back to the playoffs. However, there is enough talent on the team to get it done.

“I like where we are. I really do. I know we are young, but I have a really good feeling about this,” Roethlisberger said. “If we can stay healthy, I like where we are and I’m really happy with our O-line and they have a chance to be great and as good as they are is going to help us.”

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Roethlisberger also told the guys he likes what they should get this year from the running game and they will have a nice one-two punch with Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount.

The Steelers will continue to explore options with the no-huddle and the running game will be a huge part of that.

Ben also talked about him entering his third season with Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.

“There was an obvious growing period,” Roethlisberger said. “You develop a relationship. I enjoy working with him. I think we have a good relationship now. You see it on the field and you will continue to see that when we get out there because my play will be better and the play-calling will really be better.”

Roethlisberger also talked about how happy he is that his center Maurkice Pouncey has signed a long-term deal that will keep him here for the rest of Ben’s career. He is not sure when that might be yet. He tells the guys he has heard nothing new on his contract.

“It may not be this year, but I sure know I would like to get something done and stay here,” Roethlisberger said.

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