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The 'Duck' is gone

Updated: Jan 24


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On Monday, the Steelers made a few roster moves and decided to not renew the contract of backup quarterback Devlin "Duck" Hodges. Along with Hodges, the Steelers also didn't renew contracts for kicker Matthew Wright, wide receiver Deon Cain, tight end Charles Jones and running back Wendell Smallwood.


The Steelers can always re-sign these players, but as of right now they're not on the team. It would not be surprising if Wright was brought back at some point, possibly as a camp leg, as he did a solid job in filling in for Boswell in three games this season -- making all seven of his extra points and was 4 for 4 in field-goal attempts.


Hodges was 3-3 as a starter in 2019, completing 62.5% of his passes for 1,063 yards, five touchdowns, eight interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 71.4. Hodges was on the practice squad in 2020 and wasn't active for any games. Hodges could come back down the road, but the Steelers might be looking for an upgrade at backup quarterback or a practice squad quarterback, depending on how the roster is structured in 2021 in regards to COVID-19.


Hodges did well for an undrafted rookie free agent and was a great story, but he faded toward the end, and he's limited when it comes to his, size, mobility and arm strength.







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