Devlin Hodges contines to focus on just being Duck

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Not only was Devlin “Duck” Hodges not drafted, but he also wasn’t considered a so-called “priority” free agent. What a difference a few months can make.

Hodges explained to PFT after Sunday’s 20-13 win over the Browns — Hodges’ first win in Pittsburgh of his career — that after the draft there was no clamoring for his services. Instead, he received an invitation to try out the Giants’ rookie minicamp, followed by an invitation to try out at the Steelers’ rookie minicamp. And he used the Giants’ audition as a warmup for the Steelers’ audition, and the next thing you know here he is, serving as the starting quarterback after starter Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending injury and primary backup Mason Rudolph fizzled out.

Hodges didn’t fizzle out on Sunday, even though the offense sputtered early. Hodges said that things clicked in the second quarter. Down 10-0 with roughly seven minutes until halftime and the ball at their own 18, the Steelers got a free play courtesy of Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson jumping offside. So Hodges fired the ball down the left sideline to receiver James Washington for a 31-yard again — and Hodges said that’s what woke things up.

Pittsburgh would finish the drive with a field goal. And the Steelers would tie things up with a touchdown before intermission, before pulling away in the second half.

And the guy who delivered the win was an undrafted player from Samford, a guy who has helped the Steelers to three of the seven wins they’ve hammered out since starting the year 0-3. A guy who currently is poised to start a playoff game in his first season.

Hodges said that his parents, coaches, and even Roethlisberger gave him the same advice before this one: “Just be you, just be Duck.”

That’s more than good enough for the Steelers, who currently hold the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff field and who have four games left to nail it down. Along the way, Duck will return to prime time, when the Steelers host the Bills in 13 days, thanks to the league’s decision to flex the key Week 15 matchup into primetime.

18 responses to “Devlin Hodges contines to focus on just being Duck

  1. He can focus on being Duck while Tomlin and Rudolph can focus on starting fights in hopes of getting The best players thrown out for the rematch. Nice strategy from the guy who invented tripping up kick returners.

  2. I mean, it’s a nice story & all…..but c’mon! Have you seen him play??? He’s hit a few jump ball passes. Otherwise, its just screens & hook patterns! The Steelers are winning with a solid Defense & timely turnovers. No one fears the TinMen.

  3. Haters gonna hate….. It’s 2019 & Tomlin winning with a bunch of no name Scrubs!
    Don’t be jealous…#QuackQuack

  4. It makes you wonder how many other guys like this are out there every year that teams miss. So much for scouting. It’s a crapshoot.

  5. I mean c’mon….it’s a nice story & all, but have you seen him play? He’s hit a few jump balls but for the most part, it’s screens & hook patterns inside the numbers. The Stillers are winning with timely turnovers & Defense!!!! No one fears Pukesberg!!!

  6. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 2, 2019 at 7:20 am
    He can focus on being Duck while Tomlin and Rudolph can focus on starting fights in hopes of getting The best players thrown out for the rematch. Nice strategy from the guy who invented tripping up kick returners.

    Hilarious – beat by an Undrafted kid from Samford surrounded by a bunch of rookies and practice squad kids – Browns are a joke

  7. wyndycty says:
    December 2, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Haters gonna hate….. It’s 2019 & Tomlin winning with a bunch of no name Scrubs! Don’t be jealous…#QuackQuack

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    Yeah, jealous isn’t quite the word I would use. #Ravens

  8. Duck Hodges in the 21st Century!

    Duck’s replacin’ Mason.

    Rudolph seems distracted, although you can’t totally blame him, (after all Christmas IS coming.)

  9. Brown fans continue to try and come up with something negative against the Steelers. Reality Browns lose with all their talent to a team riddled on the offensive side, no name players non drafted QB as they scored 20 unanswered points against the Browns. Insult to injury X Brown Haden to cost their season

  10. Browns fan report: In what should’ve been a decisive victory in our favor, the Steelers once again owned us and were the better team. I have no idea where the D was, and Ward and Williams allowed the Duck to look like Terry Bradshaw. The players claimed it was a playoff atmosphere, but they didn’t look like they were interested in putting this one away. Also, the play calling by Freddie is worse than the O line protection. Firing Freddie would be no big loss, and certainly not a set back for next year. As Sonny says in a Bronx Tale, “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent”, and the Browns wasted a lot of it this year.

  11. Meanwhile Antonio Brown is not on a team and Bell is sputtering with the Jets who have won 4 games. What a weird year for the Steelers.

  12. He can focus on being Duck while Tomlin and Rudolph can focus on starting fights in hopes of getting The best players thrown out for the rematch. Nice strategy from the guy who invented tripping up kick returners.

    Pretty ironic comment from a fan of a team with a statue of a murderer outside their stadium. Stilling churning the Tomlin Trip lie…..son you really are dating yourself with that crap.

    I love me some Duck. Quiet humble and happy in his own skin……very refreshing.

  13. So beating a past #1 overall pick is not something to quack about, shame on you. He isn’t just Duck, but the Mighty Duck!

  14. bengalguy says:
    December 2, 2019 at 8:13 am
    I mean c’mon….it’s a nice story & all, but have you seen him play? He’s hit a few jump balls but for the most part, it’s screens & hook patterns inside the numbers. The Stillers are winning with timely turnovers & Defense!!!! No one fears Pukesberg!!!
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    I guess after finally winning their first game (in December!), Bengals fans now think they can trash a team that beat them twice this year (and the past 4 years).

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