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Is Isaac Redman Done in Pittsburgh?


After he earned the “co-starter” job at running back in training camp for the Steelers, not much has gone right for Isaac Redman.  The 2009 UDFA was held out for most of the preseason due to a stinger, and Redman’s fortunes only got worse once the regular season began.

On opening weekend, Redman fumbled twice, including once in the red zone.  In Pittsburgh’s following game, the veteran was injured on the opening kickoff and recorded only three carries for four yards.  Unfortunately for Redman, his worst play of the season came last night when his failed blitz pickup led to the game-winning sack-strip of Ben Roethlisberger.

Overall, Redman has only carried the ball 10 times for 12 yards through three games, and he received zero carries last night against the Bears.

Jonathan Dwyer on the other hand played hungry on Sunday and stepped up as a pass-blocker and all-around running back, Felix Jones showed nice bursts out of the backfield despite his second half fumble, and rookie Le’Veon Bell is set to return to the lineup from his foot injury on Sunday as well.

If Redman is essentially a non-factor with Bell out of the lineup, then one must ask how much work will he receive when the rookie is actually active for upcoming games?

Furthermore, will the Steelers’ brass actually keep a veteran like Redman on their 53-man roster over Derek Moye, extra offensive linemen, or another cornerback for depth purposes?

While I certainly do not know what is going through the minds of Kevin Colbert and the rest of the people in the front office, I think that Redman losing playing time to Dwyer and Jones speaks volumes about how the coaching staff views the fifth-year running back.

Whether or not they will release him before the regular season ends is up for debate.  What is not however is the growing certainty that Redman is playing in his final year with the Pittsburgh Steelers.



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  • skyfire322

    WIth the return of Bell right around the corner, and the ‘productivity’ of the running game against Chicago, I’d say it’s time to part ways.

  • Justin

    Agreed. I see absolutely no reason to keep him around especially with the needs we have at other positions. He hasn’t done a thing to earn a spot on the roster.

    I’m probably just looking at him through Bettis-tinted glasses but I always liked Dwyer. Maybe it was nostalgia creeping in, but last season, when he was a bit chunkier and rumblin’, tumblin’, and spinning through the tackles, brought back memories of the Bus plowing through everyone in his path. There will never be another Jerome but it stirred up some hope of a back that could really get the offense going. Now, not so much haha.

  • Dave Buzard

    Dwyer playing hungry…. I see what you did there!

    • Milliken Steeler

      LOL! Dwyer in VERY limited time already has the longest run out of our backs which is 25 yards. I’m shocked (I’m rolling my eyes)

      Redman is not the back Dwyer is and the comparisons are a joke. I have faith in Mr Bell however our line would get Larry Czonka killed right now. Felix is a third down back and ST returner. If you play him like a feature back he’ll get hurt again like he always does,,,,,and fumble.

      The feature back we have is Dwyer until Bell proves healthy and ready to go.