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