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Steelers Sign OLB Jayrone Elliott To 53-Man Roster; QB Devlin Hodges To Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a few transactions on Tuesday to fill open spots on both their 53-man roster and practice squad.

Signed to the practice squad on Tuesday was quarterback Devlin Hodges, who was with the team all throughout training camp and the preseason. Hodges was signed to be the team’s new No. 3 quarterback following Joshua Dobbs being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. During the preseason, Hodges completed 20 of his 38 total pass attempts for 190 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The practice squad opening was a result of the Steelers signing wide receiver Johnny Holton off of the 11-man unit on Saturday. That move resulted in rookie outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper being waived to make room for Holton. Skipper, however, was claimed off waivers from the Steelers by the New York Giants on Monday.

With Skipper now out of the picture the Steelers decided to sign outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott to their 53-man roster. Elliott was with the Steelers for their last two preseason games this year. He recorded six total tackles in those last two preseason games with one of those being a strip sack and he recovered the loose football and returned it for a touchdown.

Elliott entered the NFL originally in 2014 with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo. He spent three seasons with the Packers and has since been with the Dallas Cowboys. He played in the AAF this past spring with the San Antonio Commanders and then spent a brief amount of time on the offseason roster of the Miami Dolphins.

The Steelers haven’t carried just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster in a long, long, long time but it appears as though they’ll do just that for the time being with Hodges now on their practice squad and Dobbs now in Jacksonville.

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