PITTSBURGH -- Another strong indication that Isaac Redman will open the season as the Steelers' starting running back came Tuesday morning when the team released its updated depth chart.
That is significant because Jones is probably the only other realistic option to start while Bell is out with a mid-foot sprain. Stephens-Howling's history -- and build -- suggest he is best utilized as a change-of-pace runner as well as a third-down back and kick returner.
That presumably means the two are still competing for the starting job. Jones, the team's first-round draft pick last April, looks like the real deal, and he practiced on Monday after not playing in the final preseason games because of a bruised chest.
Jones is going to be the starter at right outside linebacker at some point this season. Could it be in the season opener Sunday against Tennessee?
Another rookie moved up the depth chart as fourth-round pick Shamarko Thomas is listed as the backup to strong safety Troy Polamalu, ahead of DaMon Cromartie-Smith. Thomas is another first-year player who is progressing well.
On special teams, starting wide receiver Antonio Brown is listed as the No. 1 punt returner with Wheaton behind him. Stephens-Howling is the kickoff returner with Felix Jones backing him up.
New punter Zoltan Mesko is also listed as the holder.