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Will Devlin Hodges ever start for the Steelers again?

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Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

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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

Devlin Hodges

Position: QB
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 210 lbs
College: Samford
Draft: UDFA in 2019


2019 stats

1,063 Passing Yards
100 Completions
160 Attempts
5 Touchdowns
8 Interceptions
68 Rushing yards
5 Fumbles


Contract remaining

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.


2020 projection

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.


Projected stats:

N/A — Duck shouldn't be anything more than a back-up


Summary

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.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh
Carlos Davis
David DeCastro
Christian DiLauro
Kevin Dotson
Bud Dupree
Eric Ebron
Terrell Edmunds
Trey Edmunds
Matt Feiler
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Zach Gentry
Ulysees Gilbert III
Derwin Gray
Joe Haden
J.C. Hassenauer
Quadree Henderson
Dewayne Hendrix
Cam Heyward
Alex Highsmith
Mike Hilton