Hodges completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 132 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Hodges stepped in for the sidelined Mason Rudolph (concussion) and managed to do just enough in tandem with Pittsburgh's rushing attack and stellar defense to pull off the upset. Coach Mike Tomlin was dialing up easy reads for his third-string rookie, rarely asking his quarterback to take chances downfield. In fact, one of the few times Hodges did let it fly, the pass was picked off by Los Angeles' defense. There is a chance Rudoplh returns for the Steelers' next contest following its upcoming bye week, but if Hodges is forced to start against the Dolphins, it would be advised to look elsewhere outside of the deepest two-QB leagues.
With Mason Rudolph (concussion) ruled out, Hodges will start Sunday night's game against the Chargers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
To back him up, the Steelers have promoted Paxton Lynch from their practice squad. After taking over for Rudolph in the third quarter of Week 5's 26-23 overtime loss to the Ravens, Hodges completed seven of nine passes for 68 yards and logged 20 yards on two carries. Hodges, who entered training camp as a fourth-stringer, probably will only get the one start, with the Steelers on bye Week 7, a scenario that should give Rudolph enough time to move past his concussion issues with the added time off. Hodges thus represents a speculative fantasy play this week, though he could be an option for those in a bye week jam or looking to roll the dice on a low-cost QB in Week 6 DFS contests.
Hodges completed seven of nine passes for 68 yards and had 20 yards on two carries during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Baltimore.
Hodges came in in relief in the third quarter after Mason Rudolph (concussion) took a shot to the side of his head. The undrafted rookie played well in relief, dashing for a 21-yard gain to help set up a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. The narrative might have been even better had JuJu Smith-Schuster held on to a big second-down conversion near midfield in overtime. Instead, the ball was punched out, and the Ravens won. Should Rudolph miss Week 6, Hodges figures to get the start against a dinged-up Chargers team as NFL scouting and production teams search for Samford tape.
The Steelers promoted Hodges to the active roster from the practice squad Monday.
Hodges is set to serve as the No. 2 option behind Mason Rudolph going forward, with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) having been placed on IR and set for season-ending surgery. The undrafted rookie out of Samford will turn his attention towards preparing for Sunday's contest against the 49ers.
Hodges is likely to be promoted to Pittsburgh's active roster to back up Mason Rudolph, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Hodges' opportunity for the backup gig comes following coach Mike Tomlin's statement that Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) will require season-ending surgery. The undrafted rookie threw for 14,584 yards and 111 touchdowns with just 41 interceptions in four years at Samford.
Hodges signed with Pittsburgh's practice squad Tuesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Hodges originally signed a three-year deal with the Steelers in mid-May, but he was unable to survive the slew of roster cuts Aug. 31. While the 23-year-old didn't stick to the 53-man roster, he'll at least be able to stick around in Pittsburgh and develop.
|Bye: Week 7|
|11||11/14/19||@ CLE||8:20 pm|
|12||11/24/19||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|14||12/8/19||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|16||12/22/19||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|17||12/29/19||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|