'I've always been able to move on'

After further review, that last pass against Buffalo was one Devlin "Duck" Hodges shouldn't have thrown.

Not because it got intercepted with six seconds left in regulation in last Sunday night's 17-10 loss, but because head coach Mike Tomlin had wanted to stop the clock.

"That's something I should have known," Hodges acknowledged after practice today. "They were trying to tell me to 'clock' it and I didn't hear it and we went with the play. Even with the play, if I threw a little bit better ball we got a chance.

"It's something you learn from."

The interception that ended the previous possession, when Hodges passed on wide receiver James Washington crossing the field and opted for wide receiver Deon Cain in the end zone just inside the two-minute warning, was less regrettable.

"If you were in the quarterback position, and everyone in the quarterback room knows, it wasn't really wide open," Hodges said. "Even Ben (Roethlisberger) told me he thought I threw it to the right guy.

"It's definitely something to learn from. If I see it again, maybe get it to James."

It's all about learning from mistakes this week for Hodges, who will take the field this Sunday against the New York Jets coming off a loss for the first time as an NFL starter.

When to spike the ball to stop the clock. Where to throw it when it's going down the field. How to recognize and react to a blitz. The importance of placing the ball outside the wide receiver rather than inside on a sideline route every time.

How to shake off four INTs, something Hodges has done previously at Samford.

"The Florida State game," Hodges remembered from last season. "A lot of people might say that I had a good game, but I think I threw four picks that game. I remember coming back the next week and throwing for three or four touchdowns.

"I'm not saying that's what I'm going to do this week, but I've always been able to put it in the past and move on."

Hodges completed 39 of 60 passes for 475 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions, in a 36-26 loss last Sept. 8 at Florida State.

The next week he completed 31 of 42 attempts for 300 yards with three TDs and one INT., in a 30-24 loss to Mercer.

Washington saw what he wanted to from Hodges in terms of bouncing back at this afternoon's practice.

"For sure, he was ready to go today," Washington said. "He was happy to be here, and that's what we're looking for.

"As long as he's feeling good and confident, we are, too."

Added Hodges: "For 24 hours, it was definitely kind of a tough pill to swallow but it's over with, now I've gotta let it go. Now I'm just focused on this week and whatever it takes to get a win this week.

"(Head) Coach (Mike) Tomlin told us, 'Hey, we're' not going to blink. We're gonna keep going, just learn it and play your game.' I'm not going to change who I am. I had a bad game, I know I had a bad game but hey, I can get better from it. Bad games do happen. I'm looking forward to coming out there and showing that we've gotten better and that we're going to have more fun and play football and, hopefully, get a win."

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