Steelers RB Isaac Redman Is 10 Pounds Lighter And Says He\’s Not Playing Around This Year

All throughout the off-season, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert berated the 2012 performance of the running back group and he made it clear that he had intentions of fixing that in 2013. One running back that appears to have gotten his message is Isaac Redman, who reportedly showed up for the first OTA session of the 2013 season 10 pounds lighter than he was last season.

“The goal was to get more explosive to get quicker, to get faster and to drop weight,” said Redman, who worked out during the off-season down in Tampa, Florida with speed trainer Ron Jones. “After the season was over, I didn’t like the weight that I was at, so I started from day one. I’m starting to feel good, but I still want to drop a little more weight and get a little bit faster.”

Redman, who is hoping to arrive at training camp this year at around 228-230 pounds, said that he will resume his speed training with Jones once the OTA\’s and mandatory mini camp is over as he knows that 2013 is a make-or-break season for him.

“I know this is my contract year,” said the former undrafted free agent, who signed his one-year, $1.323 million restricted tender a few weeks ago. “If it’s not here with the Steelers, I have to be realistic – I have to do well in order to stay in this league. I’m not playing around. We were 8-8. It was embarrassing not to make the playoffs. For the team and for my own career, I know I have to perform at a high level this year.”

The Steelers brought in Jack Bicknell Jr. this off-season to be their new offensive line coach and he is expected to use more of the zone blocking scheme in 2013 which requires running backs to be lighter on their feet. That alone is a good reason for the player that has been known as “Redzone Redman” to try to become “Outside Zone Redman” in 2013.

The Steelers drafted Michigan State running back Le\’Veon Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft last month and it is obvious that he will more than likely become the starter at some point during his rookie season. The Steelers also added free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling during the weekend of the draft, so that likely means that Redman will be battling Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch in training camp for a spot on the 53 man roster.

Until Bell is ready to be the primary running back, however, Redman has a pretty good chance to be the Week 1 starter and it appears that he really has taken this past off-season serious, and that he is ready to do battle.

“I am all for competition and am ready for the competition,” Redman said. “I\’ve worked hard, and it\’s going to show this year. I am here to compete.”

  • TJimmy

    I know he worked hard last year to try and carry the load and be durable, but it didn’t work out and some things are out of our control. He’s a good RB when healthy and I hope he does well.

  • steeltown

    Competition is good… I really see B.Batch as the odd man out, especially considering all the DB’s and LB’s we have that excel in special teams coverage, unless Batch shows vast improvement in actual ‘rushing’ ..he’ll really be expendable

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I hope Bell is up for the challenge because Dwyer, Redman and Batch are bringing their “A” game.

  • steeledge

    Does Batch still have PS eligibility. If he does, he is the obvious choice anyways… The only question that remains, is do we keep both Redman and Dwyer? I think Bell will be the starter, I think Stephens-Howlings will be the primary returner / change of pace back, which could make him a lock.

  • Slim

    Odd man out is probably going to be Dwyer; Fat, slow, can’t block, can save 1.3 mil against the cap if his tender is jerked, is basically redundant w/Redman(and Redman can block) and he doesn’t play teams.

  • steeltown

    I agree about Bell and Stephens-Howling

    I don’t think he is eligibe, he was active for 10 or 12 games last year, so he technically has an accrued season under his belt. I know he plays well on special teams, but his avg yds per is 2.0.. and we have plenty of bodies for kick coverage. I think injury to one of the other RB’s is the only way he makes the 53man

    We keep 4 RB’s so, technically they can keep Redman AND Dwyer

  • steeltown

    Except Dwyer has the highest yds per carry of any of them and has stayed relatively healthy, unlike Redman or Batch… also Dwyer is faster than Redman and 5yrs younger

  • zyzak

    Redman is behind 2 others right now only ahead of Batch.

  • zyzak

    Dwyer is their #1 RB today

  • marcus

    The injury Batch had really takes 2 years to return from, so I think he will bounce back and have a good training camp like he did his rookie season. I think the reports of “fractured locker room” really bothered the front office, so they are on a mission to look for high character guys. Dwyer needs to have the camp of his life in my opinion.

  • steeltown

    To Robert Dean above: I think you are mistaken, Redman was given the reins to start the season , but couldn’t stay healthy, also Dwyer had two 100+yd games and Redman had one..
    I will admit he made some big strides in the receiving dept though

  • walter mason

    I dont think they save anything because of rule 51 and hes paid near minimum and has to be replaced by someone…

  • 2443scott

    i think this is redmans final year with steelers unless he performs better as a fill in for when bell needs a break i think that dwyer is hanging on my his finger nails and that if he dont show more in preseason howling will take his spot as a back up i think batch will be released by preseason winds down so there is a spot for some one else i see bell as starter redman 2nd and howling 3rd …since steelers tried to give away dwyer during draft he is just sitting and waiting for the bell to ring ..he might even be traded yet if a season ending injury happens during training camp and preseason .

  • David Edward

    That’s how I see it too

  • steeltown

    I think the reason that they were shopping Dwyer during the draft is because he had the most value in the open market, not because they think he’s a poor player, but actually the opposite

  • Steve

    The men will sort it out in preseason. Right now they are just playing patty-cakes. No Body is behind anybody. Some people look and talk good, but their play does not reflect that. Talk is cheap it’s actions that count.

  • Steve

    Correct… Red looked to go out when he could have stayed in and played all day. Dwyer wanted it more and when he got in he didn’t come out. What cost them was Fubbleities, which all of them had. They need to work on that.

  • Steve

    Howling is nothing but a kick returner. Count him out in the backfield. He may be out if one of the young boys shows him up as a returner. It is Bells job and the rest are fill ins, cause no back in the NFL can go all the way by himself. It is always good to have a Fireplug inside the redzone that can get you 4 yards in a pinch.

  • steeltown

    I like what A.Brown said during his recent OTA interview.. one of the first things he said when the media asked how he (and the Offense) can improve from last season, he said, “ball security is key”

  • walter mason

    Redzone Redman will beat out “camp phenom” Barren Batch.

  • Steve

    Our “O” needs to have less Turn overs and the “D” need to get more Turnovers which are always keys to the outcome.

  • charles

    Haley commented during last season about Dwyer constantly waving to come out. I think Haley said something like I wish that he (Dwyer) had the stamina to play three plays in a row.


    Redman > Dwyer
    Better at short yardage

  • Johnny Loose

    It might not work out for Redman in Pittsburgh. Either way, you gotta love his work ethic. He’s one of the few on the roster who undoubtedly has Steeler character.