Steelers: What to Expect From New Starting QB Devlin Hodges

The Pittsburgh Steelers made the decision to bench Mason Rudolph after a string of poor performances, but what should we expect from his replacement?

After seeing Mason Rudolph struggle for the last few weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally made a wise choice and decided to send the former third-rounder to the bench. In his place, rookie Devlin “Duck” Hodges will take over and attempt to improve a passing offense that has been one of the NFL’s least productive units. Heading into a high-emotion game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13, what should we expect to see from Hodges in his second career start?

If his relief appearance in Week 12 is any indication, Hodges is capable of providing an immediate spark as evidenced by his 81-yard touchdown connection with James Washington. While is was Washington that ultimately did most of the work, Hodges’ ability to put the ball on his receiver in a timely fashion was refreshing after seeing Rudolph fail to develop any chemistry with his pass-catchers. Far too often, Rudolph would hold on to the ball too long, failing to throw with anticipation, Hodges, on the other hand, is a rhythm passer that seems like a much better fit in Pittsburgh’s offense.

He may not be the most talented player in the world, but after suffering through the Mason Rudolph experience this season, Devlin Hodges will be a welcome change-of-pace. With the Steelers in the thick of the playoff race, they can’t afford to have an offense incapable of putting up points. Is he going to be a starter for the next decade? Probably not. But for Week 13 and perhaps the rest of the season, expect Hodges to provide the Pittsburgh Steelers with one huge improvement – adequate quarterback play.