Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey claims Devlin Hodges looked like Ben Roethlisberger
Devlin Hodges started the season on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad. He is now the Steelers’ starting quarterback.
Following injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph (not to mention a trade of Josh Dobbs), Hodges got the call under center this past Sunday, leading Pittsburgh to a 24-17 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Hodges was solid during the win, completing 15 of his 20 passes for 132 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
It marked Hodges’ second appearance of the season, as he relieved Rudolph following Rudolph’s concussion last week against the Baltimore Ravens, when Hodges went 7-for-9 with 68 yards in an overtime loss.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is loving what he is seeing from Hodges thus far, going as far to say that the undrafted rookie out of Samford reminds him of Roethlisberger:
“He looked like Ben,” Pouncey said, referring to a play where Hodges handled a bad snap from him (per Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com). “I told him, ‘I appreciate you, man.’ I was up there, talking trash, and he hurried-up snapped it. I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ But he did a hell of a job of getting that ball and throwing it out. I honestly thought in my head, ‘That’s Ben.’ Ben would’ve done the same thing. It was awesome.”
Of course, how long Hodges remains the starter is anyone’s guess. There is no timetable for Rudolph’s return, but one has to figure that when Rudolph is ready to return, Hodges will re-assume his bench role.
Regardless, Hodges played well enough in his first start to impress Pouncey and lead the Steelers to a big-time road win.