PITTSBURGH (GSM) — It’s official! Devlin “Duck” Hodges will be the starting at quarterback this week. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made the official announcement during his weekly press conference Tuesday.
“We met as a staff, we’ve decided that we’re going to start Duck this week.” Tomlin said. “I’m hopeful that he’s capable of continuing to provide that spark as we step into this stadium.” Tomlin echoed his statement following the (16-10) win against Cincinnati where Mason Rudolph was benched in the second half. Following the game, Tomlin said, “Mason wasn’t doing enough.” At that point, it is suspected that the decision was already made to start Hodges in the following game.
When Hodges saw action so far this season, he completed 67.5% of his passes for 318 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The last time he started a game was week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers — on the road — and came away with a 24-17 win.
The undrafted QB, out of Samford University, found a solid place on the active roster during week 1 of the 2019 NFL season after the season ending injury to Ben Roethlisberger.
(GSM) — Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers travel well, and it was evident during the matchup against the LA Chargers Sunday.
There was an overabundance of “Terrible Towels” during Sunday night’s game at Dignity Health Sports Park to watch the Steelers achieve their second win of the season in a 24-17 victory on the road.
Quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges led the Steelers by completing 15-20 passes for 132 YDS, 1 TD, and only 1 interception. The undrafted QB was signed during the 2019 season after the team traded Joshua Dobbs to the Jaguars and his number was called to lead following the concussion suffered by Mason Rudolph.
In his post-game press conference, Hodges said of the strong presence of Steeler fans, “Honestly, not too surprised. That’s something that we kind of anticipated happening. We travel with fans so well. I mean, just pregame warmups and you could tell this was going to be like a home game.”
This Rick-Roll attempt by the Chargers Sunday night with “Renegade” backfired as it fired the large contingent #Steelers fans up more. Got to think these things through better. lol Too funny! @muldowneypic.twitter.com/1Ydm4o1ndd
PITTSBURGH (GSM) – A scary moment came in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens where Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out following a vicious hit by Earl Thomas. The hit left him unconscious for several minutes and an obvious stoppage of play. Rudolph was able to walk off of the field, woozy and discombobulated.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media confirming the aftermath was a concussion. “I thought he represented himself well. He gave us a chance. You have to tip your hat to him.” Tomlin said. “You are talking about a guy that didn’t make our opening 53 and all those things, we know his story. You also have to acknowledge that he has done some good things at every step along the way through the team development process when given the opportunity and that is why he is in the position that he is in. That is probably why he made the positive showing in spots that he did today.”
The Steelers lost the game 26-23 and travel to the West Coast to face the Chargers on Sunday.