|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 211 lb.|
|Born:||April 12, 1996|
|Drafted:||2019 / UDFA|
Hodges cleared waivers Monday and signed with the Steelers' practice squad.
Analysis: The Steelers claimed Joshua Dobbs off waivers Sunday and subsequently let Hodges go, keeping Dobbs, Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph on the active roster. Hodges played in eight games for the Steelers last season and recorded 1,063 passing yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Hodges was released by the Steelers on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With the Steelers picking up a familiar face off waivers in Josh Dobbs on Sunday, they elected to make room on the roster by cutting Hodges. The 24-year-old played eight games as a result of injuries and poor play from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph, completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,063 yards last year. Hodges will now look to secure a backup or third-string role elsewhere around the league.
Hodges completed 9 of 25 pass attempts for 95 yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Even while down a few starters, the Baltimore defense gave Hodges fits as he completed just 36 percent of his passes and averaged an anemic 3.8 yards per attempt. He managed to avoid throwing an interception, but he lost a fumble and missed numerous throws that could've kept drives alive. This lackluster effort caps off an eventful rookie season for Hodges, who played in eight games as a result of injuries and poor play from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. His 5:8 TD:INT indicates he's clearly not the long-term answer under center, and he will likely be battling for a roster spot come training camp.
Hodges is set to retain the Steelers' starting quarterback job for Sunday's season finale in Baltimore with Mason Rudolph (shoulder) unlikely to be available in Week 17, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Already on a short leash after a four-interception showing in the Week 15 loss to Bills, Hodges was benched in the second quarter of the Steelers' 16-10 loss to the Jets over the weekend after tossing two more picks. Rudolph stepped in to complete 14 of 20 attempts for 129 yards and a touchdown before injuring his left shoulder, affording Hodges the opportunity to re-enter the contest. With Rudolph set to miss time and third-stringer Paxton Lynch apparently not viewed as a viable starting option versus the Ravens, Hodges will get another chance to try and redeem himself as Pittsburgh aims to keep its faint playoff hopes alive.
Hodges completed 11 of 17 passes for 84 yards while throwing two interceptions without a touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets. He also rushed once for no gain.
Analysis: Hodges got benched for Mason Rudolph in the second quarter after throwing his second interception. Rudolph came in and threw Pittsburgh's only touchdown of the game but exited with a shoulder injury, paving the way for an ineffective Hodges to reenter the game. The team will likely opt to start Rudolph in the must-win Week 17 game against Baltimore if he's healthy, but Hodges would get the call if Rudolph's unable to play. Even with the Ravens likely resting many starters to prepare for the playoffs, it will be best to avoid Hodges given his 1:6 TD:INT over the past two games.
Hodges is back in Sunday's game against the Jets after Mason Rudolph suffered a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Hodges gave way to Rudolph in the second quarter of the contest after throwing two interceptions, but he went back in after Rudolph suffered a fourth-quarter shoulder injury.
Hodges gave way to Mason Rudolph in Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Prior to being replaced at QB by Rudolph, Hodges completed 7-of-9 passes for 53 yards and threw two interceptions. If Rudolph sparks the Steelers on Sunday, he could potentially reclaim the team's starting assignment in advance of Week 17's contest against the Ravens.
Coach Mike Tomlin said that Hodges will remain the Steelers' starting quarterback Week 16 versus the Jets, Missi Matthews of Pittsburgh's official site
Analysis: After re-evaluating the Steelers' quarterback situation following the Week 15 loss to the Bills, Tomlin determined that Hodges was a better option than Mason Rudolph, who turned in a 12:9 TD:INT and averaged 6.2 yards per attempt over nine outings (eight starts) earlier this season. Hodges' 5:6 TD:INT through six games (four starts) is worse than Rudolph's, but the undrafted rookie out of Samford has generally been the more efficient passer (67.8 completion percentage, 7.5 YPA). In any case, expect the Steelers to rely heavily on their ground attack in Week 16, assuming Pittsburgh isn't forced to play from behind against the 5-9 Jets.
Coach Mike Tomlin wasn't willing to commit to Hodges as the Steelers' starting quarterback for Week 16 against the Jets, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I am not getting into that, guys," Tomlin said. "We just lost a football game. I'm not going to make an announcement every week or every time I stand in front of you guys in terms of who is playing quarterback or any other position for that matter."
Analysis: Hodges threw four interceptions in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Bills, wasting a fantastic performance from the Pittsburgh defense. Speaking to media after the game, Hodges acknowledged a degree of uncertainty about his standing beyond Week 15: "I hope I'm the guy," he said, "but whatever happens, happens. I'm going to be supportive. This is about the team, not me." The biggest thing working in Hodges' favor is the fact that Mason Rudolph represents the alternative.
Hodges completed 23 of 38 pass attempts for 202 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Pittsburgh's defense kept the game close from start to finish, but Hodges was unable to get much going against a tough Bills defense. Most of the signal caller's completions were short, safe passes, and when he tried going deep, those throws ended up either incomplete or intercepted. It is pretty clear that the third-stringer's skills are limited, making him a low-end fantasy play against the Jets on Sunday.
Hodges completed 16 of 19 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. He also ran for 34 yards on four carries.
Analysis: Hodges did a good job managing the game and avoiding mistakes to lead the Steelers to a third-straight victory keeping their playoff hopes alive. Hodges has a difficult Week 15 matchup against Buffalo and despite being the first undrafted quarterback in league history to win his first three starts doesn't put up the numbers to warrant insertion in fantasy lineups.
Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Hodges will start Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The announcement comes as little surprise considering Hodges performed well during Sunday's win over the Browns, completing 14 of 21 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The undrafted rookie hasn't provided much fantasy production despite his solid work as a replacement quarterback thus far, but Sunday's game in Arizona provides a matchup against a porous pass defense that ranks worst in the league in yardage (307.5 YPG) and opponent QB rating (113.5).
Hodges completed 14 of 21 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 20-13 win over Cleveland. He added two yards on five carries.
Analysis: Sunday was mostly a sloppy, defensive affair, but Hodges made a handful of big tosses downfield. The biggest came just before halftime, a 30-yard rainbow that landed in between two defenders and into the arms of James Washington for a score. The undrafted rookie has been efficient, but not particularly productive in spot duty this season. He'll have as good a matchup as he can get next week versus Arizona, which ranks dead last in the league in opponent passer rating this season.
Coach Mike Tomlin named Hodges the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Browns, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hodges took over for a struggling Mason Rudolph this past in Cincinnati, completing five of 11 passes for 118 yards and one TD. Most of that production occurred on a 79-yard scoring strike to James Washington, but Hodges nonetheless has fared well in three appearances this season, averaging a shade under 8.0 yards per attempt while tossing two touchdowns versus one interception. Hodges will look for continued success against Cleveland's seventh-ranked pass defense (217.2 yards per game) this weekend.
Hodges completed five of 11 pass attempts for 118 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Hodges stepped in for a struggling Mason Rudolph in the third quarter with his team down on the scoreboard. He connected with James Washington for a 79-yard touchdown and took a back seat to the run game while preserving the win down the stretch. Rudolph hasn't been particularly effective of late and Hodges has impressively posted a completion percentage of 75.9 in his limited opportunities. It remains to be seen who gets the starting nod next Sunday against the Browns, but it wouldn't be surprising if the team opted to go with Hodges.
Hodges completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 132 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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, will probably only get the one start, with the Steelers on bye in 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.
Analysis: 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 production teams search for Samford tape.
The Steelers promoted Hodges to the active roster from the practice squad Monday.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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 passing yards and 111 touchdowns with just 41 interceptions in four years at Samford.
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