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Hodge is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The Lions thought enough of Hodge to put in a waiver claim for him when Cleveland cut him loose at the conclusion of the preseason, but the 26-year-old will open the season behind starters Tyrell Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond and backups Quintez Cephus and Trinity Benson on the depth chart at receiver. Even on the occasions he's active this season, Hodge is unlikely to be a high-priority option in the passing game.
Sep 12, 2021 9:16 AM EST
The Loins claimed Hodge off waivers Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Hodge was Cleveland's No. 3 receiver for part of last season and now finds himself on arguably the weakest WR depth chart in the league. Of course, he was waived for a reason, and he's caught only 17 passes in 39 regular-season games. Hodge most likely will be backup and special teams player, even with the receiver-needy Lions.
Sep 1, 2021 9:31 AM EST
Hodge has been waived by the Brown, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Hodge is the odd man out after falling behind Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins and rookie Anthony Schwartz in the team's wideout mix behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. The report notes that the Browns hope to bring Hodge back to their practice squad if he clears waivers.
Aug 31, 2021 8:55 AM EST
Hodge caught two of three targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-10 win over the Falcons in preseason Week 3.
Analysis: Hodge is perceived to be on the bubble, but he scored touchdowns in each of the final two preseason games. Last week, he made a contested catch on fourth down in the red zone from backup quarterback Case Keenum, then Sunday he and starting quarterback Baker Mayfield hooked up on a 22-yarder on the team's second drive. Hodge's special-teams credentials are hard to ignore, but there five receivers ahead of him in the mix. Rashard Higgins (leg) remains dinged up, and rookie Anthony Schwartz had just five practices during preseason, so there could be an opportunity for him to start the regular season on the 53-man roster.
Aug 30, 2021 5:39 AM EST
Hodge caught two of four targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-13 preseason win over the Giants.
Analysis: Hodge opened the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter, helping his case to earn Cleveland's fifth receiver job behind Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones. He'll hope to close out the preseason well with another good showing next Sunday versus the Falcons.
Aug 22, 2021 2:18 PM EST
Hodge will sign his contract tender from the Browns on Wednesday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Browns offered Hodge a contract tender in mid-March, allowing the team to retain his rights if they match another team's offer. While he's not a huge piece of the offense, claiming just 11 passes for 180 yards on 17 targets last season, Hodge should be a valuable contributor on special teams once again.
May 26, 2021 10:36 AM EST
The Browns have offered Hodge a contact tender.
Analysis: The move puts the team in a position to retain Hodge, who is set to become a restricted free agent. The 26-year-old caught 11 passes (on 17 targets) for 180 yards in nine games last season in a depth role, while making most of his mark as one of the Browns' most valuable special-teamers.
Mar 15, 2021 9:16 AM EST
Hodge was not targeted over eight offensive snaps in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Hodge was activated off the COVID-19 list but was used more on special teams (12 snaps) than on offense. He opened the season as the clear No. 3 wideout wideout, but his usage lagged significantly behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Then, as rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones improved when given a chance, Hodge fell further behind on the depth chart. Hodge becomes a restricted free agent during the offseason and is looking at a similar role, in which he's used heavily on special teams, if the Browns bring him back.
Jan 18, 2021 4:33 AM EST
Hodge was activated Thursday from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Hodge got two targets on 42 percent snap share in the Week 17 win over Pittsburgh, before landing on the COVID list for a rematch in the wild-card round. Rookie wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones then took 69 percent of snaps in the 48-37 win last week, catching one of two targets for eight yards. It isn't clear which of the two wide receivers will handle the No. 3 role this Sunday in Kansas City, and it's possible the share snaps behind starters Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins.
Jan 14, 2021 9:32 AM EST
Hodge has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Also landing on the list was guard Joel Bitonio, with both players slated to miss Sunday's playoff opener against the Steelers after testing positive for COVID-19, Jake Trotter of ESPN reports. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, 10 Cleveland players are on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Tuesday.
Jan 5, 2021 1:08 PM EST
Hodge has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be available for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: As a result, Hodge is in line to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Tuesday. With Hodge out and Donovan Peoples-Jones dealing with a concussion, Marvin Hall and Alexander Hollins could see added snaps behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins this weekend.
Jan 5, 2021 9:28 AM EST
Hodge caught two of two targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Hodge returned to action after missing Week 16 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He's been an afterthought in the passing attack all season and recently lost playing time to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones, who had three targets Sunday before leaving with a concussion. The Browns extended their season with the win and will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh next weekend. Pending Peoples-Jones' status, Hodge could be in line for increased snaps and targets, although the Browns a run-first team. If Nick Chubb and ground game is working -- it rushed for 192 yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry Sunday -- there may not be much opportunity for Hodge.
Jan 3, 2021 6:13 PM EST
The Browns reinstated Hodge from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
Analysis: Along with Hodge, the Browns also activated Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jarvis Landry and Jacob Phillips after all five players sat out last week's loss to the Jets following their respective placements on the list. Before sitting out the Week 16 game, Hodge had seemingly been usurped by Peoples-Jones as the Browns' No. 3 receiver, so the former may not be in line for much work on offense in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Dec 31, 2020 1:44 PM EST
Hodge is in line to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: As will fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones, with the moves to become official later Thursday. As a result, barring any unexpected developments, the Browns will welcome the quartet back to their lineup Sunday against the Steelers.
Dec 31, 2020 8:50 AM EST
The Browns placed Hodge (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, ruling him out for Sunday's road contest against the Jets.
Analysis: In addition to Hodge, fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones were deemed high-risk close contacts and are unable to play Week 16. With just one WR (Marvin Hall) remaining on the active roster, Cleveland elevated Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies from the practice squad.
Dec 26, 2020 3:18 PM EST
Hodge (undisclosed) has been deemed a high-risk close contact and may not be available Sunday versus the Jets, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: The same can be said for Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones. The Browns haven't placed any of the quartet on the reserve/COVID-19 list yet, but a decision on each player's availability may be imminent. If all four are unable to suit up Sunday, Cleveland will be down to one healthy wide receiver (Marvin Hall) on the active roster.
Dec 26, 2020 3:01 PM EST
Hodge (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's road game against the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Hodge spent time on injured reserve and also sat out Weeks 13 and 14 due to a hamstring injury, but he's now slated to suit up for a second straight game. In his eight appearances this season, he's managed to post a 9-155-0 line on 15 targets, making him no better than the third wide receiver in the Browns offense behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins.
Dec 25, 2020 1:22 PM EST
Hodge (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Hodge missed two games due to a hamstring injury before suiting up for last Sunday's win over the Giants, but it seems like the issue is still lingering. As long as the No. 3 receiver is able to keep practicing in a limited capacity, however, he should be in good shape to suit up for Week 16's road game against the Jets.
Dec 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST
Hodge was not targeted and played eight offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Hodge returned to action after missing two games due to a hamstring injury. That he only played eight snaps could be a case of bringing him back slowly or could be a sign of the team's confidence in rookie wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones, who played 36 snaps. Prior to Hodge's injury, he was the clear third wide receiver, but the rookie Peoples-Jones has thrived as a replacement since. A clearer picture of the depth chart should emerge Week 16 when the Browns play the Jets.
Dec 21, 2020 6:27 PM EST
Hodge (hamstring) is active for Sunday night's game against the Giants.
Analysis: The Prairie View A&M standout has missed each of the Browns' past two contests while recovering from a hamstring injury, but he's ready to make his return to the lineup on the primetime stage. With a combined six receptions for 104 yards over his two most-recent appearances Weeks 11 and 12, Hodge slots in third on Cleveland's WR depth chart for Sunday night.
Dec 20, 2020 4:19 PM EST
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