Steelers Bench Mason Rudolph, Undrafted Rookie Devlin Hodges to Start against Browns

Mason Rudolph in 2016. Photo by John Glaser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Pittsburgh Steelers are switching up things on quarterback position once again. Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges will take over as starting QB from Mason Rudolph in Week 13 game against Cleveland Browns.

Rudolph struggled in Sunday’s game against winless Cincinnati Bengals and was benched on the halftime. Hodges stepped in and provided a spark for Steelers’ offense, throwing for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead the team to a 16-10 win. This was enough for Tomlin to give him a chance against Browns.

“We met as a staff. We’ve decided that we’re going to start Duck this week,” Tomlin told reporters.

According to Tomlin, this is a short-term decision and he will re-evaluate the QB position ahead of their Week 14 game.

“We have no intended plans beyond this one,” he added.

Mason Rudolph was installed as Steelers’ starting QB following Ben Roethlisberger’s injury in Week 2 against Seattle Seahawks. Rudolph had his ups and downs as a starter, throwing for 1,636 yards, 12 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He is 4-3 in the games he played from beginning to end in 2019. 

Steelers signed Devlin Hodges as an undrafted free agent in May and promoted him to the active roster in September. Hodges already started one game in 2019, stepping up for Rudolph in Week 6 against Los Angeles Chargers. He had 132 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception in that game.