Full steam ahead to part 43 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s take a look at a Steelers quarterback
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 210 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2019
1,063 Passing Yards
68 Rushing yards
Expires in 2021
$675,000 salary cap number (0.34% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$675,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
50/50 but it is rapidly becoming more likely the shorter training camp gets trimmed down.
Devlin Hodges will be the Steelers third quarterback (behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph) on roster heading into 2020 training camp. But it does appear likely he’ll be in a position battle with Paxton Lynch. The shorter camp, however, the more likely the coaching staff is going to be to carry the incumbents for the 2020 season. A full camp might have ended with the team carrying the 6 foot 7 inch Lynch who has the first-round pedigree and a much bigger arm than Duck.
On the surface it looks likely that Hodges will be the Steelers third quarterback for the entirety of the 2020 season. I would expect the team to carry three quarterbacks as an insurance to Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow injury. The thing is, if the Steelers get a healthy 16 games out of Ben, Hodges will never see the field, and might never see it again in Pittsburgh. Even if the Steelers have their playoff spot locked down in Week 17=, Coach Tomlin would start Mason Rudolph in a meaningless game before they would go with Duck.
N/A — Duck shouldn't be anything more than a back-up
Duck magic seems to have already run its course. The 2020 season should be a learning year for Hodges where he can take what he’s learned to wherever his next contract takes him.
If Hodges is starting again in 2020, the team would likely be in a bad place again. It’s no slight on Devlin, but this team is at its best with Roethlisberger at the helm.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III