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09-07-2010, 10:44 PM
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Scott Brown

Redman has chance to play key role
September 7th, 2010

Red-zone Redman?

The Steelers intend to find out if Isaac Redman can live up to the moniker he got after scoring three times against the first-team defense during a goal-line drill in training camp last year.

Tomlin said Tuesday that Redman will get the first shot at the job of short-yardage back, a role the Steelers badly need someone to fill after the ground game shortcomings they experienced in 2009.

Redman led the Steelers in rushing touchdowns (two) and yards per carry (5.0) among the running backs in four preseason games.

Now it gets harder for Redman to bulldoze his way for those critical yards since the regular season is just a little step up from the preseason.

“We are going to give him the opportunity to see if he can excel,” Tomlin said.

Redman has done that the last two preseasons but his next NFL carry will be the first one, at least officially, for the former undrafted free agent.

The 6-foot, 230-pounder appears to have the power, balance and nose for the end zone required of short-yardage backs. And Redman received an endorsement for that job after the Steelers’ final preseason game last week.

“He had some great runs (during the preseason) and especially his runs after contact were really good,” left tackle Max Starks said. “I think he definitely earned some points from an offensive line standpoint running with power and efficiency.”

Rookie Jonathan Dwyer appears to be the odd man out for now at running back.

But Tomlin has made it clear that competition among young players will continue so it keeps them focused and makes them better collectively.

Among those that apparently will battle one another for spots on the active roster are rookie linebackers Jason Worilds, Thaddeus Gibson and Stevenson Sylvester and rookie wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.

“Competition is the truest motivator,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to need those guys to become and be better players over the long haul if we’re going to have the chance to be good.”

09-07-2010, 11:34 PM
Hopefully he works out. He has the build of a bruiser. Here's to hoping that huge o-line of ours can push some asses off the ball and make some holes.

tony hipchest
09-08-2010, 12:37 AM
gary russell earned that role and scored a rushing TD in the sb. he also contributed on special teams. unfortunately he had some extra baggage and was sent packing.

it seems the same opportunity awaits redman.

dont f-screw it up!

09-08-2010, 12:50 AM
Hopefully Redman is able to keep our tradition of finding undrafted free agent gems alive.