Bruce Gradkowski getting ready to step in for Roethlisberger

Steelers back up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski knows that there’s a chance he may end having to start a few games this season if Ben Roethlisberger can’t stay healthy.

“That’s true,” Gradkowski said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “In this game, you never know what is going to happen.”

He understands how to prepare as a back up.

“As a backup, you have to prepare as the starter, even harder,” Gradkowski said.

“You know you aren’t going to get those reps in practice. You just mentally have to be prepared, and when your time is called you try to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Just by looking at Roethlisberger’s history, we already know he’ll likely miss at least a game or two this season.  I believe Gradkowski has what it takes to help the Steelers.  He’s been a very solid player during his NFL career.