Mike Tomlin announces Devlin Hodges as Steelers’ starting QB for Week 13
The Mason Rudolph era is over in Pittsburgh. At least for now.
With a pivotal Week 13 matchup against the Cleveland Browns looming, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has announced that Devlin Hodges will be the team’s starting quarterback on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Tomlin gave this blunt reasoning for the decision:
Why Devlin Hodges?
Tomlin: "He has not killed us."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 26, 2019
Hodges has appeared in three games and made one start this season, relieving Rudolph after he sustained a concussion back in Week 5 and proceeding to start Week 6 while Rudolph recovered. He then entered the game for Rudolph after he was benched this past weekend during a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
In his three outings, Hodges completed 27 of his 40 throws for 318 yards, a couple of touchdowns and an interception. Pittsburgh won his lone start against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The 23-year-old played his collegiate football at Samford, but went undrafted. He signed with the Steelers as a free agent last May and was waived in August, but Pittsburgh then signed him to its practice squad.
Hodges was promoted to the active roster on Sept. 16 after Ben Roethlisberger went down for the season with an elbow injury.
Rudolph has played in nine games and made eight starts for the Steelers this year, throwing for 1,636 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine picks while completing 61.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 80.3.
The second-year pro particularly struggled over the last couple of weeks, throwing one touchdown as opposed to five interceptions.
Pittsburgh is 6-5 on the year and is tied for the second Wild Card spot in the AFC.