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Redman bucking for more carries?


The player who has turned into the headliner of the 2009 draft class, Mike Wallace, is on pace for 1,712 receiving yards –- a little shy of his stated goal of 2,000 yards.
The player who has also proven to be a real find from that year, Isaac Redman, is making the case that he should get more carries.
Redman wasn’t even drafted coming out of Division II Bowie State in 2009, but 18 games into his NFL career he is quietly averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Redman rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries against the Seahawks, and he turned in a nifty 20-yard touchdown run. Redman also got a carry as a goal-line back, though both he and starter Rashard Mendenhall were unable to get into the end zone after a roughing the passer penalty gave the Steelers a first down at Seattle’s 2-yard line late in the second quarter.
It is probably too early to draw any conclusions or flesh out any trends, but Redman has gotten a little over 25 percent of the Steelers’ carries through the first two games. Last season, his first NFL one after spending a year on the practice squad, Redman had 11 percent of the Steelers’ carries.
There are a plenty of reasons to play the 6-foot, 230-pounder more, not the least of which is NFL teams need at least two good running backs with the pounding players at that position take and how susceptible they are to injury.
Here is another reason: Redman has simply earned more touches.

— Scott Brown



  1. Tom says:

    Another reason: Redman has a unique knack for breaking tackles, better than Mendenhall. When you have a subpar offensive line, a back who can break tackles can make up for it. Redman had much better yards per carry than Mendenhall last year, and he is doing the same again this year…even though he is supposed to be the “short yardage back.”

  2. David says:

    Watching Redman has been a process cause I am witnessing him get more carries which is a tribute to his hard work and dedication to the game. Hopefully he will become the feature back on this offense as Ben gets up there in years, is almost like watching the reversal of bradshaw and Harris….. Redman is a starter on smmanother team ….. Great rebound from last week to the entire team.

  3. Dick says:

    Scott, your post on Isaac Redman doesn’t surprise me. He has been forcing all to notice his ability for a while. He takes advantage of his opportunities when he gets them and usually stands out. Along with RM the Steelers have a formidable running attack. The “over the hill” Steeler defense showed well on Sunday. As for the Ravens, their piece of humble pie served up by the Titans will temper that win over the Steelers. I have a feeling things will be different in November.

  4. sjb says:

    Just like last season where Redman impressed at camp well enough to get the nickname “Redzone”, he is being passed up on goal line situations for Mr. “Juke and Dance” Mendenhall. I think the coaching wouldn’t know a short yardage RB if it ran them over like Bettis going though Urlacher and I don’t expect them to catch on and give Redman any more responsibility anytime soon.

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