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Steelers sign Prince, Hodges, four others

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Damian Prince – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The Steelers are stocking up ahead of OTAs.

Per multiple reports, the team inked quarterback Devlin Hodges, offensive lineman Damian Prince, wide receiver Johnny Holton, linebacker Tuzar Skipper, defensive end Henry Mondeaux and defensive tackle Greg Gilmore.

Hodges, 23, is an undrafted rookie out of Samford University. There, Hodges was pretty much the man. He was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times, he received the 2018 Water Payton Award and he set the NCAA FCS career record for passing yards with 14,584. The mark was held by Steve McNair.

In his senior season, Hodges started 11 games, putting up 4,283 yards (389 yards/game) and 32 touchdowns. Surprisingly, he actually posted more touchdowns (36) his sophomore year, albeit with one more start.

Prince is a former five-star recruit who played alongside Steelers 2019 seventh-round pick Derwin Gray at the University of Maryland. The two are longtime friends, growing up together in Southeast Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, however, is Holton, who has NFL experience with both the Raiders and the Eagles. Signed in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati, Holton started one game as a member of the Raiders in 2017. For his career, he has 11 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

If the touchdowns metric stands out, it should. Holton is a home-run hitter, and his ability to blow the top off opposing defenses impresses on film:

HUNTER'S VIEW

If anything about the stats or facts presented above excites you... chill.

These signings mean little right now, but an opportunity is an opportunity, and there is an outside chance one of these three players will continue to impress throughout camp and play his way into a real shot at the final 53-man roster. If nothing else, it does show the Steelers see something in them, so it's worth monitoring their performance throughout the upcoming OTAs, minicamp, and training camp.

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