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Steelers promote Devlin Hodges to the 53-man roster

Officially placing Ben Roethlisberger on the Reserved/Injured List, Hodges assumes the backup quarterback role for the Steelers.

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The Steelers promoted Devlin Hodges from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Monday. In doing so, the team has officially placed Ben Roethlisberger on the Reserved/Injured List according to the Steelers PR Department.

Hodges was brought in to the Steelers’ practice squad just after the Steelers Week 1 game. In a break from their tradition dating back to 2000, the Steelers kept their third quarterback on the practice squad rather than the 53-man roster.

Nicknamed “Duck” due to his award-winning duck calling, Hodges was 20 for 38 passing for 190 yards in the preseason while throwing two touchdowns and one interception in three games in which he appeared. Many believed Hodges had performed well enough to beat out Dobbs for a spot on the 53-man roster, but the Steelers originally chose the third-year player over the rookie before Dobbs was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick.

Breaking the FCS record for passing while at Samford University in Alabama, Hodges thew for 14,566 yards and 111 touchdowns. Appearing in 44 games in his four seasons with the Bulldogs, Hodges completed 69% of his passes (1,310 completions on 1,896 attempts).

With Hodges’ promotion, the Steelers will most likely look to add a third quarterback to the practice squad.

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