Steelers make transfer to Hodges at QB

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FILE PHOTO: Nov 24, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges (6) appears to be like to throw in the course of the fourth quarter in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports activities

After rallying the Pittsburgh Steelers to a victory this previous weekend, Devlin Hodges was named beginning quarterback for Sunday’s house sport in opposition to the Cleveland Browns.

Hodges got here on in reduction of Mason Rudolph within the third quarter final Sunday with the Bengals main 7-Three. On his second cross try of the sport, he hit James Washington for a 79-yard landing and Pittsburgh by no means trailed once more.

“We met as a employees, we determined that we’re going to start out (Hodges) this week.” head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned, based on ESPN. “Actually, the choice is evident for us … I assumed he supplied us a spark in-game. I’m hopeful that he’s able to persevering with to supply that spark as we step into this stadium.”

Hodges, a 23-year-old undrafted rookie out of Samford, was named Southern Convention participant of the 12 months thrice. He began Oct. 13 in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers and was 15-of-20 passing for 132 yards and a landing within the Steelers’ 24-17 highway victory.

He was 5 of 11 within the second half in opposition to the Bengals for 118 yards and a rating because the Steelers earned a 16-10 victory in a defensive battle whereas enhancing to 6-5.

Rudolph has began eight video games for the season in Ben Roethlisberger’s absence. The 24-year previous has thrown for 1,636 yards and 12 touchdowns with 9 interceptions this season. He was eight of 16 for 85 yards and an interception in opposition to the Bengals on Sunday, principally within the first half.

The change at quarterbacks means Rudolph won’t be beginning in a rematch in opposition to the Browns. Towards the top of a Nov. 14 sport at Cleveland, Rudolph and the Browns’ Myles Garrett touched off a brawl with Garrett hitting Rudolph over the top together with his personal helmet.

Garrett was suspended for the rest of the season. Rudolph was fined $50,000.

—Subject Degree Media