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Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph.

That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft when Roethlisberger openly wondered why the team drafted a quarterback when he plans to be around a good while longer were made in jest.

I think people took some things into a context that I was going to be mean or rude Mark Sanchez Jersey , Roethlisberger said on Tuesday as the AFC North champions began organized team activities. That was not it at all.

As if to prove a point, Roethlisberger went out of his way to praise Rudolph when the two shared a field together.

They didnt exactly bro-hug or trade jokes, but the 36-year-old Roethlisberger did what he says hes done throughout his 14-year career. A suggestion here. A comment there.

During one drill, Roethlisberger even found himself playing the de facto center as he whipped the ball underhand to the 22-year-old who may or may not being Roethlisbergers eventual replacement.

I have never been the type to be rude or mean to other quarterbacks, Roethlisberger said.

Ive had a lot of quarterbacks through here that have been younger than me that Ive tried to help any way that I can. Ill continue to do that.

The Steelers raised some eyebrows when they traded up to select Rudolph with the 76th overall pick in the draft, the highest the organization has taken a quarterback since making Roethlisberger the 11th overall selection in 2004.

Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said in the aftermath the Steelers had Rudolph rated equally with the first quarterbacks chosen in the first round, but declined to get into specifics about whether the team views Rudolph as Roethlisbergers eventual replacement.

Roethlisberger expressed surprise during a radio appearance earlier this month, rhetorically asking why Pittsburgh used a third-round pick on a quarterback when there were players at other positions who could make a more immediate impact.

Roethlisberger stressed that wasnt a slight at Rudolph and he is more than happy to help Rudolph get comfortable. When Rudolph threw high and hard to fullback Roosevelt Nix Cam Newton Jersey , Roethlisberger offered a bit of advice.

I pulled him aside and said `Youll learn quickly every throw doesnt have to be the hardest throw you can make, Roethlisberger said.

You dont have to put every throw on guys chests as hard as you can. Thats a great opportunity for a nice easy touch pass. Just trying to instill things like that.

Rudolph has been deferential from the minute he became a Steeler, stressing it was his job to learn how to play in the NFL and not Roethlisbergers job to teach him.

Roethlisberger didnt hesitate when asked if theres anything that stood out about Rudolph during their initial workout.

He has a big arm, Roethlisberger said. Seems to understand the offense. Seems to not have any issues in the huddle. So I thought he did really well.

Any potential controversy be it real or imagined remains far off at best. Rudolph is in the mix of a three-man race to be Roethlisbergers primary backup. Landry Jones has held the job for each of the past three seasons, with 2017 fourth-round pick Josh Dobbs serving as the third stringer last fall.

The Steelers will only carry three quarterbacks out of camp. Given the lengths the Steelers went to draft him, Rudolph figures to be a lock for one of the two spots behind Roethlisberger, with the emphasis on behind.

For how long remains the central question. Roethlisberger took two months during the 2017 offseason before deciding to return.

He announced his intention to be back in 2018 in a quiet locker room after the Steelers were upset by Jacksonville in the divisional round.

Asked what made him flip from saying he was year to year to hinting he could play beyond the contract that expires in the spring of 2020 and Roethlisberger remained somewhat vague.

He likes the offensive line in front of him all of whom are signed through this season and the skill-position talent that surrounds him in the huddle.

Oh, and Randy Fichtner has taken over as offensive coordinator after Todd Haleys deal wasnt renewed in January.

Pressed on specifics and Roethlisberger offered little while also somewhat contradicting himself in the process.

Take it one year at a time and just feeling what you have left in the tank Nevin Lawson Jersey , he said.

Which for now appears to be quite a bit.

NOTES: For the second straight spring, All-Pro RB LeVeon Bell was not in attendance as OTAs began. Bell has yet to sign his one-year, $14.1 million franchise tender. Injured LB Ryan Shazier (spinal surgery) watched practice from a golf cart.

The Thunder hope they have run into some more good luck in the second round.

Oklahoma City took Virginia guard Devon Hall with the 53rd overall selection in the NBA Draft on Thursday night and Texas-Arlington forward Kevin Hervey four picks later.

The Thunder got contributions last season from 2015 second-round pick Dakari Johnson and 2013 second-round pick Alex Abrines, and they hope Hall and Hervey can develop and eventually produce. Thunder general manager Sam Presti liked the fact that both were four-year college players.

Hall and Hervey are guys that, any time youre picking in the 50s, the main objective is to try to shift the odds and try to pick a player who can play in the NBA, Presti said.

The 6-foot-5 Hall averaged 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season for the Cavaliers Jamon Brown Jersey , who entered the NCAA Tournament as the nations No. 1-ranked team. The stout defensive player shot 43.2 percent from 3-point range last season. He was an All-ACC second team selection.

The Thunder said they watched Hall at the Portsmouth Invitational and had him work out in Oklahoma City.

When you get guys who have been through it with top teams in the country, playing high-level ACC basketball, youre happy to add those guys into the program. Thunder vice president Will Dawkins said.

Hervey, a 6-foot-9 forward with a 7-3 wingspan, averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season and was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection. As a senior, he scored 24 points against Alabama and 24 points against Creighton. He fell two points short of the schools single-season scoring record.

As a junior, Hervey was the Sun Belt Player of the Year. He finished as the programs all-time rebounding leader and second in total points scored, field goals and field goal attempts. He set a program record for most career double-doubles.

With Hervey Dalton Schultz Jersey , hes somebody that was asked to carry a lot of load, Dawkins said. Offensively, hes somebody who has some upside.

Hervey missed 19 games as a sophomore due to a knee injury. Presti believes hes better than his draft position would indicate.

They will join a team that has an uncertain future. The Thunder had high hopes last season after adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in trades to join Russell Westbrook, but the Thunder stumbled early, went 48-34 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. George has a player option on his deal and could leave this summer.

ESPN reported that the Thunder traded for the No. 45 pick, Kentucky redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo. Brooklyn made the pick for Charlotte. Presti said only there was potentially some stuff that happened tonight.

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