Jonathan Dwyer reportedly took quite a few of the first-team snaps at running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the course of the offseason as the team kept the same pecking order that they finished the 2012 season with in tact. However, Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reports Saturday that running backs coach Kirby Wilson told him Isaac Redman would be the first team running back once the afternoon practice gets underway.
The Steelers will open practices this afternoon with Isaac Redman as the No. 1 RB, according to Kirby Wilson. More from Wilson later at SCI.
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) July 27, 2013
We have talked about how this battle will be fun to watch play out over the course of the offseason and it appears as though Redman is the king of the mountain to start things off at Latrobe. The former undrafted free agent worked with a speed trainer during the offseason and he reportedly has kept off the pounds that he has lost.
Redman has made it known that he is well aware of the situation he is in being as it is a contract year for him. His NFL career might very well depend on how he plays in 2013 if he is not signed to an extension prior to the regular season getting underway.
The starting job will eventually belong to second-round draft pick Le\'Veon Bell down the road, but in the meantime, both he and Dwyer will have to try knock Redman off the top of the mountain from this point forward.
We will have to wait and see how the rest of the reps are divided up Saturday afternoon, but one would think that Dwyer is now the second-team running back with Bell being the third.