Redman Is Ready To Race Dwyer For The Starting Running Back Job

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman only has two carries so far in the preseason but he still sits perched atop the depth chart alongside rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell, who will now be sidelined several weeks after injuring his right foot in the Monday night game against the Washington Redskins. While he missed the Redskins game with a stinger suffered in practice last week, he said Wednesday he\’s ready to play Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs and was asked if he thinks he has what it takes to be the starter this year with Bell down.

“Absolutely, I\’m all for it,” said Redman, who has only started six games in his career for the Steelers. “I\’m just going to come to work and do what I do everyday, do what I\’ve done my past years. Get ready and prepare myself.”

Redman worked with a speed trainer this past offseason and dropped a little weight in the process. He talked again Wednesday about why he did that.

“I just wanted to get a little quicker, a little faster, I worked on that this whole offseason and hopefully it paid off for me,” he said.

Redman can get paid off another way should he win the starting job and play well until Bell is ready to return as he is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end if the season if he isn\’t signed to an extension between now and the start of the regular season.

Fellow running back Jonathan Dwyer, who is the same situation as Redman is as it relates to him also being a free agent following the season, tried to stake his claim for the starting spot last week against the Redskins as he rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries when he relieved the injured Bell. Redman, however, knows with two preseason games left that there\’s still a competition for the starting job.

“I came to compete for a No. 1 spot,” Redman said. “I come in and I take my job seriously, its the reason why I\’m here.” I\’m a professional and I come in and I prepare each day, each week like I\’m a starter.”

  • NW86

    Here we are going into the 3rd preseason game and we really don’t know that much more about the RB depth chart. I say alternate series between Redman and Dwyer throughout the first half on Saturday, and may the best man win the starting gig for the first 4 weeks. That man can also be offered a modest contract extension too at around $1.5M/year.

  • TJimmy

    In light of the injury to Bell and others, could the Steelers be keeping both Redman and Dwyer on the 53? At the beginning of the year, many thought they wouldn’t.

  • Patrick

    Pass blocking in bad shape and now we get the Redman/Dwyer show, again. No thanks

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I wouldn’t worry about RB depth that much. Its the O-line that you need to worry about. If O-line get a running start at winning the battle of trench this will be the volume of game itself; defining moments. We WON Super Bowl with worst O-line ever to play and Mewelde Moore as our star running back… let that sink for a bit.

    Mewelde Moore…! Dwyer/Redman > Moore easily but point being this is kind of expected, right? Both probably would have got plenty of PT this season anyway, so why all the concerns? We run and pass through Big Ben, he is our offense right now and all I ask for from this team is to DON’T throw running backs under the bus. They are now just as important as our TE, WR, and everybody else. We need their blocking. Our RBs actually are among top 3 in that blocking department for blocking last season and likely will continues.


    OL, OL, OL!!!!!!!!!

  • steeltown

    They will DEFINITELY be keeping both Redman and Dwyer this year.

  • steeltown

    None of it matters unless the OLine improves.. which I expect they will, something tells me they’ll have a sense of urgency after last weeks performance

  • paltel

    Imho neither Redman or Dwyer were ever at risk of not making the 53 man roster even with a healthy Bell. Only sports writers with nothing to write about during the off season suggested otherwise.

  • paltel

    “No thanks”

    So are you going to be a Bengals fan now?

  • paltel

    “None of it matters unless the OLine improves..”


  • steeltown

    Dwyer is the main guy IMO with Redman as the short yardage and goal line back and then LSH as the change of pace reliever.

  • dgh57

    I’m ready to be pleasantly surprised by Redmans’ play the next few weeks as his mindset and work ethic is what leads me to believe so! I think Redman has what it takes to succeed both above and below the neck line so it depends on how the o-line performs as to how he ultimately does perform. Maybe a sense of urgency to get their act together will help get this o-line on the right track towards improvement.

  • 2443scott

    i always thought dwyer was the guy on bubble since the sounds during draft he was shoped now with bell hurt its impossible to let him go …i like howling over dwyer because he can do alot more and is quicker getting off the line then dwyer is and if steelers do the zone thing we need speed and quickness and howling and redman have that i feel ….we all want bell in there but what if he isnt what he is packaged to be i think he is but if he isnt you cant let dwyer go now with bell hurt we all know to well how people keep going down ….the first cut will be a eye opening into where this team is going ….i dont think steelers will settle just for another season of run dont run and get tackled behind the line backs ….either they do the job or find some one who can even if you put a te back there ….he can then come off the play as a extra reciever to over load with more recievers…. one more for ben to get the ball to when plays break down …plus you get that added protection from bens blind side so he can get the ball off …

  • AndyR34

    I think he already is! Just wish he would stop trolling and bad-mouthing everyone while on this site.

  • AndyR34

    Steeltown – this is Oh so true! I hope you are correct about a sense of urgency…we haven’t seen one so far.

  • steeltown

    I think LSH was a great pickup… he will definitely help us this season, but I disagree about one thing, Dwyer is quicker than Redman

  • cencalsteeler

    Watched the game again and was actually impressed with Dwyer. He had some nice runs and I see the potential he has with the ZBS. I see how he is trying to add the extra dimension of the cut back and seeing more down the field. He did make a few bad decisions of trying to go outside and outrun the dbs when he should have turned up the field and became a battering ram. But, all in all, if the o-line does it’s job, the stable of backs we have will produce this season.

  • Soliciting Steelers

    I totally agree! Batch as good as gone, and for whatever reason, Redman hasn’t been toting the rock at all this preseason anyway…

  • rn

    fwp gets no respect!! lol

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Haha him too but he was no benefactor of deep playoff runs- despite starting in 2005 and some PT in 2008. He was pretty much just a, running back who get good sum of yardage but the volume of running game itself didn’t go through him.

  • NW86

    Oh I definitely agree 100% that it is the OL that needs to improve more than the running backs. I wasn’t throwing the RB’s under the bus, just basically saying that Redman should get a fair chance to show what he can do, then you start the best guy.

  • NW86

    Careful, the moderator of this site was one of them. 😉
    The question really is whether they now keep B. Batch due to Bell’s injury.

  • steelerdave

    Now that’s what I like to hear, a Redman supporter!

    I too think he will surprise a lot of people, come ZBS or Power Scheme.

  • dgh57

    When a guy works his butt off in the off season and shows his willingness to adapt to this new ZBS, I have to at least give him the benefit of the doubt until he proves everyone/me wrong.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Agree! Wouldn’t complain if Redman gets the nod.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    And if I’m being honest, wouldn’t be surprised to see LSH starting at some point either.

  • alex

    sooo need that change-o-pace speed guy for teams to deal with…we play against CIN/BALT/CLEV twice a year with mucho grande DTs!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Yep and stop running into the O-linemen or D-linemen. That had been our problem, we can not move those DTs (as Pouncey showed that.. sad but true) so it makes more sense for our RBs to bounce outside much as possible unless hole is there of course. Against Redskins recently, you saw Dwyer bouncing out a lot, more successful compared to inside.

    I’m afraid our next first two rounds will include an O-lineman…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Dwyer is a really good running back but a average blocker , receiver and ST guy. I have always been a Dwyer supporter because he can run well hoping he gets better at everything else…he is still a kid.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    agree steeltown

  • Milliken Steeler

    LSH isnt a full time back, he is to small and he’ll get hurt like he has in AZ when they over loaded him.

    He has been brought in (wisely I will add) as a 3rd down/ change of pace back and special team returner. He was a good pick up by us.