The Pittsburgh Steelers have been full of drama and bad news for two seasons now. Le’Veon Bell sat out last season because of a contract dispute. Antonio Brown had a messy breakup with the Steelers before being traded to Oakland. Now, Pittsburgh sits at 1-4 and in third place in the AFC North.
Ben Roethlisberger was unhappy when the Steelers decided to draft Mason Rudolph. With Big Ben going down with a shoulder injury, Rudolph stepped in and it was seen as an unfortunate passing of the torch. The bad luck in Pittsburgh continued when Rudolph was knocked out of the game after getting hit in the head. In a big division matchup against their biggest rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, in steps Devlin Hodges.
Hodges went 7-9 for 68 yards and rushed twice for 20 yards after filling in for Rudolph. The Steelers lost the game in overtime on a game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker. It is likely that Rudolph will miss significant time so until then, is this Hodges’ job?
Pittsburgh, it’s time to call Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick has made it clear that he wants to return to the NFL. No team has been willing to give him a backup job because of all the noise from the media that will come with it, but the Steelers are in a position to start Kaepernick.
At 1-4, the season seems to be over in Pittsburgh, but they still have to compete. They threw away a game that they had a chance to win against the Ravens. Adding Kaepernick, if anything, will bring some excitement to the team.
At 31 years old, Kaepernick can definitely play in the league again. He has put out videos training with NFL receivers such as Odell Beckham Jr. Kaepernick had great success early on in his career with Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers. In recent years, players like Josh Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Nathan Peterman, and Matt Barkley have been given chances to play. If they can make a roster and actually get on the field, there is no doubt that Kaepernick can.
For the Steelers, they do not have much of a choice. Roethlisberger is out for the season and Rudolph was knocked out on the field and headed to concussion protocol. Kaepernick has not played since 2016, but in their final 11 games, would you rather have him or an undrafted quarterback out of Samford?
The choice seems clear and obvious.