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Rams sign QB Devlin Hodges to futures contract

Can he compete in LA?

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are signing former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges to a futures contract, giving the franchise another option to consider at the position this year. Hodges announced on Twitter that he was joining the Rams, saying “Excited for the opportunity to sign and be apart of the Rams! I’ve been to LA before ;) let’s get it!

Hodges was a four-year starter at Samford University, throwing for at least 30 touchdowns in each of his last three college seasons. After going undrafted, Hodges signed with the Steelers and was almost immediately thrust into action because of an early season injury to Ben Roethlisberger, followed by backup Mason Rudolph also going down midseason.

Pittsburgh beat the LA Chargers 24-17 in Hodges debut start, as he completed 15 of 20 attempts for 132 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Hodges played well for a couple more starts, including a 23-17 win over Kliff Kingsbury’s Cardinals, but threw four interceptions in a 17-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills and never recovered; Hodges had a passer rating of 39.6 over his final three starts and he fumbled in each of his last five.

Hodges spent 2020 on the Steelers’ practice squad. Now he’s a member of the Rams.