Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bills youngsters use week to shadow Steelers vets


The veterans that comprise the Pittsburgh Steelers roster know a thing or two about success.

Winners of three conference championships and two Super Bowls in the past decade, those along for the ride have seen both the highs and the lows that come along with building a winning franchise.

With the team hosting the Buffalo Bills in joint practices this week ahead of their preseason matchup Saturday, two such players, Troy Polamalu and Ben Roethlisberger, have gotten their ears bent a bit by a pair of Bills youngsters trying to soak up as much valued knowledge as they can.

"Everybody looks at the game differently and you try to be around someone like that who has been successful in this league," Buffalo safety Aaron Williams said Thursday of Polamalu, via "That’s kind of a lesson for me where I can ask questions and get what he thinks of the game and how he’s become the player that he is."

Sophomore signal-caller E.J. Manuel has similar ideas in mind with Roethlisberger, who led his team to a Super Bowl victory his second year in the league. 

"[T]o see Big Ben in action and watch him and see how he prepares for every practice and how he goes in and out of each day is a huge opportunity for me," Manuel said. "I’m just trying to take advantage of it."

Saturday's game in Pittsburgh kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. 

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