The Pittsburgh Steelers are utilizing the new hand into Week 13.
Mike Tomlin presented Tuesday the Steelers will originate quarterback Devlin Hodges on Sunday at dwelling towards the Cleveland Browns.
Hodges replaced Mason Rudolph at halftime of Pittsburgh’s narrow victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 and jumpstarted a uninteresting Steelers offense that became working with out working assist James Conner, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and heart Maurkice Pouncey. The frail notice squad quarterback nicknamed “Duck” carried out 5 of 11 passes for 118 yards and a pivotal landing circulate to James Washington that put aside Pittsburgh forward 10-7 and served as the scoring foundation critical to blueprint assist away with a 16-10 consume.
That became ample to produce the beginning job in Week 13 (nonetheless no promises past it, Tomlin added) towards a personnel that intercepted Rudolph four times in their most most up-to-date assembly. Rudolph tossed one other have towards Cincinnati forward of he became benched, helping make separation between he and Hodges by components of ineptitude.
When asked why he’s picking Hodges — owner of a profession line of 27-of-40 passing, 318 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 97.7 passer ranking — over Rudolph for their rematch with the Browns, Tomlin became succinct.
“He has no longer killed us,” Tomlin said.
It be a resolution that begs the quiz: Did the Browns and Steelers reverse roles with none of us witnessing it? A switch to an unheralded quarterback forward of facing a division rival is one thing out of the playbook of the Browns – maybe no longer the 2019 Browns, nonetheless many of the Browns squads of the final two decades – no longer the Steelers.
Such is the yell of the quarterback assign, though, in a world with out Ben Roethlisberger. For his or her 2d assembly with Cleveland (5-6), the serene-alive Steelers (6-5) will roll with Hodges, no longer the signal-caller who sparked a brawl at the head of a nightmarish evening for his personnel.