Redman Claims He Never Got The Chance To Be An Every-down Back After Giants Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn\’t have much success running the football as a whole in 2012, but there were a few games in the middle of the season where they looked like they might be turning the corner.

For example, Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards on 26 carries in the Week 9 win over the New York Giants, and the Steelers running back claims that he accomplished that on two bad ankles.

“I had a big game against them,” Redman told the South Jersey Times. “The ankle injuries were prior to that. I basically played that game with two sprained ankles and performed at a high level. I was fine after that, I just never got the opportunity to be the every-down back after that.”

Redman started that game against the Giants because Jonathan Dwyer was forced to miss the game with an injured quadriceps that he suffered the week before in the win over the Washington Redskins. Even though Dwyer was back healthy the following week for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Redman earned the start once again, but was yanked in favor of Dwyer after he fumbled deep in the Steelers own end late in the first quarter. It would, however, wind up being the last start that the former undrafted free agent out of Bowie State would make all season.

Steelers president Art Rooney II and general manager Kevin Colbert both stated after the season ended that they were extremely disappointed in the running backs on the roster.

“Where we were in the running game last year was indicative of the talent at the position,” Colbert said during his post season interviews with the Pittsburgh media. “I will reiterate what Coach Tomlin said and what Art said, that you can take any group, any position, and it was an 8-8 result. They are a part of the 8-8. Was it as good as it needed to be? No. But collectively, I think you can go across the board and say that about any position on either side of the ball, offense, defense and special teams. That group of players didn’t produce like we had anticipated them producing. That falls back on me.

“I can say, collectively that group wasn’t as good as we anticipated. You can talk about strengths and weaknesses about each guy, and that’s something we will do internally.”

Redman and Dwyer are now both set to be restricted free agents, but both are expected to be restricted tendered at the lowest level prior to the free agent signing period beginning. This means that both are likely to be back in training camp again, but they likely will have some competition this summer in the form of a drafted rookie.

Despite finishing the season with 410 yards rushing on 110 attempts, Redman feels he made progress this past season.

“I feel like I did pretty well,” Redman told the paper. “I had the same amount of carries, my receiving yards went up a lot. I feel like I did make some kind of progress.”

  • Garrett Hunt

    If a fumble every 5 carries is progress, than sure i’d say he was making progress too.

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    Run game wont change untill that SOFT O-Line Learns to hold holes and quit being on the ground every play. That new O-Line coach has his work cut out for him

  • Henry

    He had over 100 receiving yards in the Titans game, really bailing Ben out during his worst pre shoulder/rib inj game.
    Keep Redman and Dwyer, Batch and 3-5th rd draft pick.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I agree w all of Weber, Harmon & Hunt on this, all good points.

    Colbert’s comments sure do point to he’s getting a new RB. Tho mite not be in 1st cuple rounds. To hedge against the rookie getting hurt (hey all our players get hurt) bet Colbert will also bring in a cheap veteren FA (not any high-bidded ones like SJackson), attracting FA RBs by saying the starting RB job is wide open. Not many teams have that sales pitch to FAs.

    BarronB gonna need to have a great camp to avoid being cut.

  • steeltown

    OK Redman, I like you buddy, but you injure your ankle or ankle(s) every 2-3 games AND when you were given the nod, you fumbled… so no complaining buddy you were given the opportunity you just didnt make the most of it.

    He does excel at catching out of the backfield, I’ll give him that

  • steeltown

    I dont know what to think of BBatch, two yrs in a row with major injury. He’ll be brought back as an exclusive rights FA, but I agree he’s on a short leash, they WILL be drafting someone and they will have multiple undrafted guys competing in camp as well. I’m excited for camp to roll around and watch all these guys compete

  • TJimmy

    I think Redman is right actually

  • steeltown

    Dwyer and Redman make a nice #2 and #3 option, especially with their size and running style they can wear defenses down, while still providing much needed pass protection. Both RB’s if given the majority of the snaps, somewhere around the avg say 250-275snaps wouldve reached 1,000yds on the season. But after this year, a decision will be made on these guys, I think only one gets a long term contract to play the #2 role entering the 2014 season.

    I guess we’ll see who has the better year. I personally think Dwyer has more upside (as long as he stays in shape) if you were going to sign one long term anyway. Plus Redman will be 29yrs old by the end of the year.

  • NW86

    And he runs very hard on every touch and keeps his legs churning until the whistle. I’ll give him that too.

  • Isaac Reveles

    i think they should have cut batch to keep Dujuan Harris. he ran the ball with power and purpose

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The tenders should be used on guys where either the player or the team needs more time to evaluate the relationship. They’ve both had plenty of game and practice opportunities and are known quantities. I would not tender either one of them and tie up 2.6M on the cap. But, if the Steelers want these guys, make them 2-3 year team friendly offers (3yrs, $5M, $1M bonus) that soften the cap blow this year. Otherwise, move on.

  • Rubem Dornas

    I was at the games against Giants and Chiefs.

    Redman was awesome against the Giants but awful against the Chiefs. Ok, it was really rainy that day but he seemed to be asleep. He was so lazy… and then, he fumbled! Nobody deserves to be the first in depth chart after this kind of presentation.

  • John Phillips

    Make Redman THE Fullback.
    Would be a huge improvement.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Hoping Lattimore will be there in the 4th

  • Nolrog

    I expect he will be. Still rehabbing that knee and quite possibly will miss the season. I’d certainly consider him in the 4th or 5th. No higher though.

  • alex

    draft a perspective full timer, with Redman as the power back and Dwyer less 15….nice!

  • Pete

    Perfectly said. I’ve been saying all along it’s not the backs. It’s the injury riddled O line and their ability to create holes. How often did we see the backs getting hit in the backfield? That shows they’re not moving the defense off the line but failing on blocks too often.

  • westernsteel

    Agree. Even Adrian Peterson wouldn’t have had a great season with the Steelers O-line, can’t blame Dwyer or Redman, even though I can’t see them as #1 backs.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Na Will Johnson looks good there.

  • Pete

    Who among us could see DJuan Harris as a starting back for the Packers? The Steelers sure didn’t. He started 2 games for the Pack, gaining 157 yds on 34 carries for a 4.6 yd average and 2 TDs. Frank Gore was taken in the 3rd round and his numbers are much better than anything Mendenhall put up. I am sure Redman or Dwyer could be #1 backs if we had as good an O line and the 49ers.