Steelers Add QB, Practice Team Set
On Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers cut quarterback Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges after declaring previous Steelers QB Josh Dobbs off waivers following his release by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
On Monday the Steelers revived Devlin Hodges, making him the sixteenth and last member of the team’s practice team.
It’s a choice that will likely be applauded by Hall of Famer and previous Steelers great Rod Woodson, who recently questioned why the Steelers kept Mason Rudolph in favor of Hodges.
Hodges will act as the group’s fourth-string quarterback, behind starter Ben Roethlisberger, backup Mason Rudolph and third-stringer Josh Dobbs. Now the group has four quarterbacks who have actually played in several video games for the Steelers, a level of experience and familiarity that might be crucial should coronavirus strike the team’s quarterback room.
Hodges signed the Steelers last spring as a novice undrafted complimentary agent out of Samford University in Alabama.
He appeared in eight video games in 2019 and published a record of 3-3 in his six starts. Hodges finished 100 of 160 passes for 1,063 lawns with five goals and 8 interceptions for a passer ranking of 71.4.
Reacting to the news of the re-signing, one Twitter user stated: “Can’t wait to go to a dive bar outside of Heinz Field called ‘Duck’s’ in like 10 years.”
To which Devlin Hodges reacted: “Ducks on the river.”
Speaking of players remaining in Pittsburgh long-term, star defensive end Cameron Heyward spoke today about the sequence of events that led to him signing a four-year agreement extension that will keep him with the Steelers through 2024.
Speaking with the media on Monday he said: “To be truthful, 2 days back, I might’ve thought something different,” describing the opportunities of settlements breaking down. “This was a testimony to a lot of people getting this done, whether it was my representative, Mr. Rooney, Kevin Colbert, Omar Khan and Coach T [omlin] This was a combination of a great deal of different individuals getting this done.
Heyward went on to admit that there “was a great deal of doubt in my head for an excellent bit,” he added. “When I state 48 hours, I seem like there was a time this was almost dead, to be completely truthful. I was preparing yourself for goodbyes, preparing for my farewell tour, this being my last flight.
“I couldn’t see myself being anywhere else, but I had to be all set for that truth,” Heyward concluded. Now going somewhere else will not ever be a concern, as the agreement brings him through his age-35 season in 2024. He’s now among the highest paid gamers at his position, befitting his status as one of the Top 50 players in the NFL, this according to Pro Football Focus.