Hodges Still Confident

Steelers QB wants to make sure he’s still enjoying the game

Jeff Hathhorn
December 25, 2019 - 2:23 pm
Devlin Hodges look

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Six interceptions in just over six quarters and facing a must-win situation Sunday in Baltimore.  Water off a duck’s back (sorry, only get to use so many of these).

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“It hasn’t changed my confidence, been watching some film and understanding what I can work on, what I can get better at,” Hodges said Wednesday.  “It’s helping me progress and I’m excited to get back out there.”

Hodges said he was praised by the coaching staff for how he handled the benching against the Jets.  The rookie quarterback said of the improvements he can make.

“Maybe sometimes trying to force the ball a little bit instead of taking what they were giving me,” Hodges said of his mistakes.  “I just gotta take a step back to how I was playing the first few games.” 

Hodges said there is obviously frustration and maybe he will try to take a little pressure off himself against the Ravens on Sunday.

“I definitely want to remember this is my job, enjoy it, have fun,” Hodges said.  “Obviously there is a professional side and you have to be locked in, but I need to make sure that I’m enjoying the game that I love so much and having fun.”

Despite the passer rating of 43.9 and 37 in these last two games, confidence is not lacking from this undrafted player out of Samford.

“I have all the confidence in the world in myself and the guys,” Hodges said.  “I just have to go out and do it.”

“He doesn’t need much, he’s done this before,” said veteran David DeCastro said of advice.  “He’s pretty professional out there the way he carries himself.  I’m sure he will be ready.”

“Everybody believes in him,” said running back Jaylen Samuels.  “He believes in us.  He makes mistakes.  We all make mistakes.  We are not perfect.  We just have to move on and stay focused and believe in each other.”

“Just be you, just be Duck,” Hodges said of the overall talk from his teammates.  “You’ve got the job done before.  We know you can do it.  Just go out and do it.”

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