Devlin Hodges getting crash course in Steelers offense

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This week has been different for Devlin Hodges. Primarily, because he’s throwing passes.

The Steelers backup quarterback, who could be pressed into service depending on the condition of Mason Rudolph, is getting all the first team reps in practice this week, after not really throwing at all last week. He wasn’t on the roster at all to start the season, but the trade fo Joshua Dobbs and the season-ending injury to Ben Roethlisberger made him necessary.

Hodges was on the roster, but didn’t even get scout team reps last week, since the Steelers brought in mobile quarterback Taryn Christion to the practice squad so he could mimic Lamar Jackson in practice. That left Hodges just a few 7-on-7 throws.

“Honestly, I got no reps with the team, with the ones,” Hodges said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I didn’t even get any reps on the scout team because we brought in a guy to be Lamar Jackson. . . .

“Having a chance to prepare with the ones and being in the huddle, it’s confidence. I’m comfortable being in the huddle with a group of guys and potentially being in there Sunday. . . . It helps a lot. You’re talking about getting throws in that you normally don’t get as the backup or the No. 3 guy. You’re not getting a lot of throws in, so as far as getting the timing down with the receivers and being in the huddle is a confidence booster.”

Rudolph practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but remains in the concussion protocol. If Rudolph isn’t cleared by Sunday, that would leave Hodges, a former undrafted rookie from Samford to start against the Chargers Sunday night.

14 responses to “Devlin Hodges getting crash course in Steelers offense

  1. And just last week you guys were mocking Steelers OC Randy Fichtner for not allowing his QBs to audible to QB sneaks.

    Roethlisberger with his FOUR known concussions and the only backup QB to the new starter Mason Rudolph was this kid Hodges from Samford.

  2. The Vikings suffered through this when TB blew out his knee. But instead of sticking with the backup Spielman wastes a 1st round pick on a journeyman with knee problems. I still don’t understand how he hasn’t been fired yet.

    Anyway, this is what happens when you have no backup & didn’t plan for injuries. This is the GM’s fault.

  3. People were hyped on Hodges after his preseason. Hopefully he lives up to it and doesn’t wind up an Isaac Redman camp phenom that doesn’t pan out. On the bright side, not like he has anything to lose.

  4. He looked strong in the pocket and excited to be out there; if he plays I feel like he will give us a chance to win.

    Man we have come a long way from Landry Jones and Brian St. Pierre!

  5. Modern-day players don’t even know who Bubby Brister was. For a guy who didn’t even get first team 11 on 11 reps, the Duck was pretty darn efficient. 7 for 9 and brought the team back to tie the game up and go into OT. Juju hangs onto that ball and the Steelers likely go on to win.

  6. Duck’s the QB of the future for Pittsburgh. Watch some of his college tape on YouTube. He played against Florida State when they were good along with Georgia and did great. He’ll shock prime time Sunday night.

  7. agc99 says:
    October 10, 2019 at 10:03 am
    He played against Florida State when they were good along with Georgia and did great. He’ll shock prime time Sunday night.


    Even if the potential translates, wouldn’t expect him to come and blow people’s minds. Fichtner was super conservative with Rudolph — tons of short-yardage throws and emphasis on game mgmt. Gotta think Hodges will be directed similarly. If so, best outcome is a conservative gameplan that’s smoothly executed and clean. Nothing too exciting.

  8. The guy was undrafted and is essentially playing with house money. He can afford to play a little wreckless and get away with it. If it works hes a hero, if it doesnt, he’s a backup. He knows this, and you can see he plays like it. Good for him!

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