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Steelers All 91: QB Devlin Hodges

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

6 • Devlin Hodges, rookie quarterback

Last year: Started his third consecutive season at Samford, an FCS school in Alabama. Joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent after participating in rookie camp on a tryout basis.

Stats: Threw for 4,265 yards on 388-of-550 passing (70.5%). Had 32 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Accolades, Highlights:

Won the Walter Peyton Award as the top offensive player in FCS.

Camp outlook: Will provide depth in case of injury to one of the Steelers’ top three passer and also provide an extra arm for camp as Ben Roethlisberger will once again be limited in training camp participation.

At 6-foot-1, he’ll have to show he has the size and strength to be and NFL quarterback after dominating in a lower level at college.

Playing time in preseason games may be hard to come by with Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs battling for the backup job.

Projected role: The Steelers seem to like his makeup and he could make the practice squad with a strong camp performance or even catch on with another team.

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Watch: Steelers LB Ola Adeniyi Surprises Mother with SUV for Birthday

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi had a big surprise for his mother for her birthday last week.

Adeniyi, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Texas, posted a video on Friday of him surprising his mother with a Range Rover for her birthday.

https://twitter.com/Love_Ola_9/status/1350239629614710787

Adeniyi, 23, just finished his third season with the Steelers in 2020 after joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2018.

He got his most extensive playing time this season, appearing in 14% of the team’s defensive snaps after playing just 1% and 6% in his first two seasons. The injury to Bud Dupree opened up more playing time for Adeniyi and rookie Alex Highsmith at outside linebacker. Adeniyi has been a consistent performer on special teams the last two seasons.

Adeniyi is a restricted free agent this offseason and should be expected to earn a raise on his $575,000 salary from this past season.

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Jerome Bettis Helps Start Memorial Fund for Family of Tim Lester

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Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is trying to help out the family of his former teammate.

Tim Lester, who was Bettis’ teammate and lead blocker with the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams, died this week at the age of 52 due to complications from COVID-19.

After Lester’s death, Bettis started the Tim Lester Family Memorial Fund, and a GoFundMe page that has accumulated over $35,000 worth of donations in just two days.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to support Tim’s wife Natalie and children Tim Jr., Tristan and Tony in any way we can,” Bettis wrote. “I , Jerome Bettis, with the help of my family, friends and former teammates of mine and Tim’s have set up this memorial fund to help the Lester family with funeral costs. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, well wishes and generous donations in lieu of flowers.”

James Farrior, Joey Porter, Kordell Stewart and Will Wolford are among the former teammates that have contributed.

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Report: Ben Roethlisberger Wants JuJu Smith-Schuster to Return to Steelers for 2021

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return to the team, according to a report by NFL Network, and he apparently also wants wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to return to the team with him.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo reported that Roethlisberger has communicated to the team that he wants Smith-Schuster back for the 2021 season.


Roethlisberger has one season left on his contract, which carries a $41 million cap hit, including $19 million of salary. Smith-Schuster is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career after making $1.04 million in 2020.

Roethlisberger’s contract is a big part of a money crunch that has the Steelers as much as $40 million over the 2021 salary cap entering the offseason.

Smith-Schuster is expected to make as much as $15 million per year on a market-value contract.

It’s not clear how the Steelers would be able to fit both Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster under the 2021 salary cap. Roethlisberger would almost certainly have to take a significant pay cut.

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