The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the practice field and as expected, Isaac Redman was the lead runner with the 1’s. Redman is expected to start vs the Titans and will get the first chance to keep the job warm until Le’Veon Bell (foot) returns. “I go out there and run with the first team, do the first four reps, which is normally what the starter does,” Redman said on Monday. “I’m just preparing as if I’m the starter until they tell me otherwise.” Redman saw limited action during the preseason and could be pushed by Felix Jones for the bulk of the carries with Larod Stephens-Howling as the change of pace back.
SATURDAY’S CAMP REPORT By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — Among the more hotly contested positions during this Pittsburgh Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College is at running back, where no fewer than five players are competing for playing time. Fourth-year players Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer and third-year pro Baron Batch are holdovers from last year’s team, while fifth-year veteran LaRod Stephens-Howling was a free-agent signee. Rookie second-round pick Le’Veon Bell was drafted this year to join the competition for the starting spot vacated when Rashard Mendenhall was not re-signed. “We have a lot of good players competing at the position, and we’ll see how things shake out through camp and the preseason,” Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson said. “We’d like to have one guy to carry the load, kind of like Rashard did for a couple seasons, but we’ll use everybody if we have to.” Injuries, inconsistencyRead More »
STEELERS TRAINING CAMP STORYLINE The Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp today and the Steelers go into camp with a lot of uncertainty. Coming off an 8-8 season, the Steelers are seen by many to be looking up to the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. That said, the Steelers often surprise when they are viewed as likely having a down season and if this group stays healthy, they could easily be a 10 win team. The running back group tops the training camp storylines. WILL LE’VEON BELL WIN NO. 1 RUNNING BACK JOB? When it comes to position battles, all eyes in training camp and the preseason is going to be on the running back. Last year the Steelers rushed for just 1,537 yards and Rashard Mendenhall never getting on track saw the Steelers go the entire season without a true No. 1 running back. Mendenhall, as expected,Read More »
By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — With starter Rashard Mendenhall battling sore ribs and third-down back Mewelde Moore out with an MCL sprain in his left knee, second-year player Isaac Redman could carry the load for the Pittsburgh Steelers running game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday at Heinz Field. “I’ve been working with Mewelde all year as the third-down back, but I’ll pretty much have all of it this week,” Redman said.
The Steelers added depth to their offensive backfield today when they promoted rookie running back Isaac Redman to their active roster. Redman (6-0, 230) spent the first three games of the 2009 season on the Steelers’ practice squad after signing with the team last April as an undrafted rookie out of Bowie State. Redman finished his college career as Bowie State’s all-time rushing leader, and led the Steelers with 145 yards on 37 carries (3.9 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns in the preseason. Redman will wear No. 33 for the Steelers. The Steelers made room for Redman on their 53-man roster by releasing seven-year veteran defensive end Nick Eason. Eason originally signed with the Steelers as a veteran free agent in 2007, but had been inactive for the team’s first three games this season.
Steelers may have their most talented team this decade With the season opener on Thursday, Sept. 10, the Pittsburgh Steelers informed 22 players on Friday that they will be placed on waivers this weekend. The Steelers had some difficult decisions to make which shows how talented and deep this team is. From 2009 first round pick Ziggy Hood to 2009 7th round pick David Johnson, a number of rookies and 2nd year players, could play a key role for the Steelers this season. Eight rookies have made the team, including 7 draft picks. Johnson will be the Steelers #3 tight end as the team will place TE Sean McHugh on injured reserve this week. Johnson will have a role on special teams and gets reps as a blocking back in certain running situations. Among the key veterans that were cut; FB Carey Davis, CB Anthony Madison and 2nd year playerRead More »
TIOPS Steelers insider Mike Bires has learned, center A.Q. Shipley, running backs Isaac Redman, Justin Vincent, tackle Jason Capizzi and nose tackle Scott Paxson are among the Steelers first cuts. Updated: 3:50 p.m. – Carey Davis, Bruce Davis, and Anthony Madison have also been cut. No Roster Cuts will be announced by the team until tomorrow
By Mike Bires If there was any doubt about Stefan Logan making the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opening-day roster, the “Half Pint” doused them Thursday night. In a 21-10 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers, Logan was easily the No. 1 storyline. On just the fourth play of the game, Logan returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
Redman needs to contribute on special teams Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Undrafted rookie running back Isaac Redman has not shown the ability to be a consistent performer on special teams, which will be his downfall to make the roster. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated today again, that if Redman doesn’t show the ability to play special teams, he won’t make the team. For a number of players on the bubble, Tomlin has stated all summer that versatility is the key. Despite Redmans’ performance in the preseason and in practices, the chances are slim that he would see the field in a regular season game over Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall or Mewelde Moore. Therefore, the Steelers are going keep a roster spot for a player like a David Johnson who can play special teams, tight end and fullback. Summers needs to get on the field *RunningRead More »