Steelers think Devlin Hodges looks familiar

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The Steelers are already two steps removed from Ben Roethlisberger being their starting quarterback.

Yet they still see some similarities.

At least on one play, and perhaps thematically.

Via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com, veteran center Maurkice Pouncey said he saw promise in the third-string quarterback when he handled a bad snap with poise, collecting a ball that had bounced between his legs, gathering himself and attempting a pass toward one of his own. It wasn’t great for what it accomplished but for what it avoided, as he didn’t lose the ball or take a sack, as they tacked on a field goal on the next play.

He looked like Ben,” Pouncey said. “I told him, ‘I appreciate you, man.’ I was up there, talking trash, and he hurried-up snapped it. I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ But he did a hell of a job of getting that ball and throwing it out. I honestly thought in my head, ‘That’s Ben.’ Ben would’ve done the same thing. It was awesome.”

The Steelers tried to keep the undrafted rookie from Samford from having to bear a Roethlisberger-sized load. He finished 15-of-20 for 132 yards, with a touchdown and an interception and a game ball from his coach.

“Since I was 5 years old, since I threw my first touchdown pass, that’s always something I’ve kind of dreamed about,” Hodges said. “It’s been a bumpy road, especially the past couple of months. It’s been wild to think about. I’ve always had belief in myself. I’ve had other people behind me, and it’s just amazing.”

The Steelers protected him well and ran the ball efficiently, which should be helpful whether Hodges plays again, or whenever Mason Rudolph returns.

12 responses to “Steelers think Devlin Hodges looks familiar

  1. Looks like the Steelers finally have two quality back up QBs after a few years of nothing but garbage behind Ben. Hodges will be a career backup but will make tons of money to hold that clipboad Rudolph, on the other hand, will be a solid, if not top-notch, starter in this league.

  2. The Steelers game-planned well around him. The Defense looked awesome. Especially the D-Line that is starting to look scary. Bush controlled the middle and the D-backs looked so good I had to check and see if they were ours Duck performed well and has everything to be proud of. Cumulative NFL record as a starting QB – 1-0

  3. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it must be Devlin Hodges.

  4. Best outcome possible! Added hope to the picture. Nice change of pace from the rest of what had been a dismal season. and the outcome was victory! One of 2 Steeler QB’s to win their first start in 30 years.

  5. Like at least 99.9% of you, I had never heard of the guy. He played pretty well though. Hats off to the guy. It helped that their offensive line dominated their front seven and allowed them to run the ball all day.

  6. One win and the fans want to have a parade! When the Steelers go 2-16, they’ll be calling for his head.

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