Monday, September 2, 2013
Redman only realistic option at RB for now
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The starting job at running back, at least for now, became Isaac Redman's as soon as the Pittsburgh Steelers cut Jonathan Dwyer.
Coach Mike Tomlin and his staff simply have no other viable starting options with Le'Veon Bell out and Felix Jones still trying to find his way around Pittsburgh.
Jones has looked terrific, and better than the Steelers could have hoped when they acquired him from the Eagles. But the sixth-year veteran has been with the team little more than a week and is still learning the offense.
Jones' speed and burst figure to be a good complement to Redman's power, and LaRod Stephens-Howling looks secure in the role of third-down back, giving the Steelers another chance-of-pace runner.
The player Redman ultimately has to worry about losing most of his carries to is Bell.
The Steelers will give the rookie second-round draft pick every opportunity to win the job of feature back -- something the former Michigan State star was on his way to doing until knee and foot injuries sidetracked him.
Redman said Monday that he plans to make the most of his opportunity. Probably Redman's most realistic hope is that he plays well enough to convince the coaches that he should be a part of the running game even after Bell is ready to take over as the starter.
In other words, fantasy owners, don't rush to add Redman to your team unless you need a short-term fix at running back.
If Redman needed a reminder as to how quickly things can change in the NFL, the fourth-year veteran got it last Sunday when the Steelers waived Dwyer, who led the team in rushing in 2012 and this preseason.
“He was a good player, a good kid, no problems around here character-wise, and I just wish him the best of luck,” Redman said. "It's the nature of the game."