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Hawaii 5-0
05-19-2012, 11:44 PM
Can Isaac Redman Shoulder The Load For The Steelers' Running Game in 2012?

Saturday, May 19, 2012
by Adam Parker

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It's a question that is undoubtedly lingering in the back of every member of Steeler Nation; like those pesky cobwebs in the corners of your basement.

Can Isaac Redman be 'The Guy' to carry the bulk of the duties for the Steelers' running game in 2012?

He's going to have to be.

Incumbent starter Rashard Mendenhall is likely to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from surgery in January on a torn ACL.

The 6'0" 230 lb. bruising back out of NCAA Division II Bowie State University went undrafted in 2009, after leaving as the school's all-time rushing leader with 3,300 yards. His professional career in the NFL has been a whirlwind of uncertainty. Time and again, at least in the early portion of his pro career, he was signed and cut and re-signed again by the Steelers more times than I'd like to count.

And yet, on January 6, 2010, Redman earned his way onto the 53-man roster and has since become a pivotal piece in the Steelers' rushing attack.

On September 7, 2010, head coach Mike Tomlin made Redman the team's goal line and short-yardage specialist, a role the team had struggled to fill in recent seasons.

Redman finished the 2010 season with 247 yards on 52 carries with a 4.8 yards per carry average. However, he didn't reach pay-dirt.

It would be over a year later, on September 18, 2011, that Redman would score his first pro touchdown.

Redman finished with three touchdowns last season, along with 479 yards rushing on 110 attempts, and a 4.4 yards per carry average.

'Red Zone' Redman, as he's been affectionately dubbed, has been primarily a 'change of pace' back-up until now, though he has seen some time as the starter.

As you can see by the stats above, when given more touches, Redman delivered more yardage. In fact, with a little over twice as many carries in 2011, Redman almost doubled his production. However, before I'm willing to knight 'Sir' Isaac Redman, he needs to prove two things: one -- that his production won't take a dip with more playing time; and two -- that his two fumbles last year on 104 carries were a fluke and not a pattern.

After all, ball security, above all else, should be of the utmost importance for a guy auditioning to be a feature back for an NFL team.

It's all up to Redman now.

The 2012 season could be huge for him. If he fails, the Steelers will have to look to youngsters Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and John Clay to fill the void. Not only that, and more importantly for Redman -- he could lose any chance he has of ever being a 'factor back' in the NFL for any team, not just Pittsburgh.

But should he succeed and exceed expectations, well, Redman might usurp Mendenhall for the starting job even if 'Mendy' does come back with a clean bill of health.

All eyes will be on the Steelers' backfield in 2012. Can the former undrafted free agent use that motivation to punish opposing defenses and elevate his career to the next level?

We're looking forward to finding out.

http://www.beardandstache.com/2012/05/can-isaac-redman-shoulder-load-in.html#more

MasterOfPuppets
05-19-2012, 11:50 PM
anyone remember just a few years ago when every team had a "feature" back that carried the ball 25 - 30 times a game ? now they act like its a special feat for a guy to do 20- 25 carries a game ...:doh:

Steelersfan87
05-20-2012, 12:34 AM
Agreed. I don't really have any concerns about Redman's ability to carry that many times a game, as long as they give him some breaks, since he does has asthma or something. But didn't Bettis have asthma too?

skinart82
05-20-2012, 12:43 AM
I think he can! He could become the next Bettis that we've missed for so long now.

steeltheone
05-20-2012, 06:07 AM
This is a very good question. He has never had to shoulder the load.

Galax Steeler
05-20-2012, 06:42 AM
I think he can! He could become the next Bettis that we've missed for so long now.

I am not going to say he is a Bettis but I think he could be a very good back for us.

Steel Boss
05-20-2012, 08:43 AM
This is really one of the last things we need to be worried about.

For one thing, who says Redman needs to "shoulder the load"? We have other guys who can come in and spell him. Just look around the league, you do not need some superstar "workhorse" running back to win. It's honestly become one of the least important positions in football.

steeltheone
05-20-2012, 09:33 AM
This is really one of the last things we need to be worried about.

For one thing, who says Redman needs to "shoulder the load"? We have other guys who can come in and spell him. Just look around the league, you do not need some superstar "workhorse" running back to win. It's honestly become one of the least important positions in football.

Most of what you say is true, but under Redman, the rest have about 30 NFL carries combined between them and are injury prone.

skinart82
05-20-2012, 12:01 PM
I don't think he'll be Bettis, but be Bettis like. He could be that type of runner that the defense gets tired of trying to tackle, a bruiser. And most importantly a consistent runner.

steeltheone
05-20-2012, 12:47 PM
I don't think he'll be Bettis, but be Bettis like. He could be that type of runner that the defense gets tired of trying to tackle, a bruiser. And most importantly a consistent runner.

The reason Bettis wore on Defenses is that he carried the rock 20 some times game after game and got better with each carry....

This is the question of the day...Can Redman handle this game after game...yes i understand he does not have to get worked into the ground, but, good backs get better with carries.

Steel Peon
05-20-2012, 07:24 PM
Can Isaac Redman Shoulder The Load For The Steelers' Running Game in 2012?

Yes.

BengalDestroyer
05-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Yes

Wallabeast17
05-20-2012, 08:01 PM
Didn't he prove that he could against Denver in the playoffs last year? Sure as hell did for me...

TheVet
05-21-2012, 01:34 AM
He's made the most of every opportunity. Arguably, he's been the best back on our roster for the last two years.

Steeldude
05-21-2012, 05:27 AM
I am all for seeing what Redman can do. He couldn't be any worse than Mendenhall.

dyce23
05-21-2012, 11:12 AM
With the announcement that our line will consist of Adams, Colon, Pouncey, Decastro, and Gilbert (unless something changes in camp), I'm excited, because if everything works out like it should with our young linemen, we should all be more than confident that Redman or Mendy can average 4.4+ a carry. We haven't had that kind of consistency SINCE Bettis in his prime really. Parker had a good average during his almost 1500 yard season, but we all remember he was more boom or bust. Anyway, Mendy might not get a renewal after this year though, depending on how well Redman shows off with this opportunity. I'm like a lot of you guys; I honestly think Redman has been the better back the last couple of years. With a better line, Mendy will have more space, though, and I think that's where he excels, so I hope we don't give up on him immediately. I hope we at least see what he can do when he comes back from the injury. Redman could possibly have that spot secured by that time, but I'd still like to see what Mendy can do in spot duty here and there...maybe he'll come back as part of a double headed attack, and if not, let him go...

Curtain_of_Steel
05-21-2012, 11:27 AM
Reman wil lbe just fine, as we will be a pass firts O anyway.

Mendy part of a double headed attack? Not likely and that would presume we would be running the ball a lot. Which won't be the case.

Fire Arians
05-21-2012, 01:06 PM
i think mendy will shine if given a chance under haley's offense. but im confident that redman + other backs on our roster will be just fine. curious to see what they plan to do with rainey and baron batch. batch will most likely be our 3rd down running back, mainly cause supposedly the kid can block (and rainey can't)

Steelerfreak58
05-21-2012, 02:45 PM
I think our back field will be pretty solid, Redman, Dwyer, Clay and the rookie should be able to handle it.

Kingmagyar
05-22-2012, 01:30 AM
Redman is going to show why you can take a back in any round or even no round and they can have success, and the first round drafting of a RB should be reserved for the Adrian Petersons and Emmitt Smiths of the world and not the Mendenhalls.

Blackout
05-22-2012, 01:35 AM
When does Mendy come back? I bought his jersey for 45 bucks, it was a premier one.

Sixburgher
05-22-2012, 01:54 AM
Redman is going to show why you can take a back in any round or even no round and they can have success, and the first round drafting of a RB should be reserved for the Adrian Petersons and Emmitt Smiths of the world and not the Mendenhalls.

Put Emmitt Smith in his prime behind the human speed bumps and turnstiles Mendenhall has been forced to run behind thus far and he'd struggle too. Conversely, just about anybody could have had success behind that insane line the Cowboys had in the 90s. I think the only back I've ever seen that would've had any hope of cracking 1500 yards a season consistently behind the joke of an offensive line the Steelers have put on the field for the last five years would have been Barry Sanders. The success the Steelers have had during the same period is downright amazing, all things considered.

steeltheone
05-22-2012, 02:56 AM
[QUOTE=Wallabeast17;1012045]Didn't he prove that he could against Denver in the playoffs last year? Sure as hell did for me...[/QUOTE

The question is, can he be successful doing it for a full season and stay healthy ?

TheVet
05-22-2012, 03:26 AM
My only regret is that Redman wasn't named the #1 RB last year, purely on merit, and without the complication of the Mendenhall injury. Redman really seemed to have pulled ahead during the 2011 season. But a #1 draft choice is given every extra opportunity, and that's understandable.

Gotta say, I'm also eager to see more of our other backs, old and new.

Steelersfan87
05-22-2012, 04:10 AM
Mendenhall would be a top 10 back in the league, if not a top 5, behind an above average offensive line. He's that kind of runner. Which is why I hope he earns a new (modest) contract next offseason with the Steelers. His skills have been squandered more than most by weak offensive line play. I recall at some point during the 2010 season that he was leading the league in yards after contact, with much of that coming at or behind the line.

TheVet
05-22-2012, 05:00 AM
Good to see that you in agreement that we've had a weak offensive line! I think Redman has been superior because he's been more productive, even with the OL problems, It will be interesting to see both backs behind an NFL-caliber line. Of course, both seem to be able to run when they have space.

I'd also like to see Mendenhall bring effort on every play. Redman never seems to take a play off.

Steel Boss
05-22-2012, 09:49 AM
Mendenhall would be a top 10 back in the league, if not a top 5, behind an above average offensive line. He's that kind of runner. Which is why I hope he earns a new (modest) contract next offseason with the Steelers. His skills have been squandered more than most by weak offensive line play. I recall at some point during the 2010 season that he was leading the league in yards after contact, with much of that coming at or behind the line.

I don't agree. While the raw talent is there, I don't think he has good enough instincts or field vision.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-22-2012, 10:56 AM
The fun thing about this year is that when Redman becomes the starting RB.....who will become the most popular RB on the team?? Dwyer, Rainey, Batch??

The backup is always the most popular with the fans.

MasterOfPuppets
05-22-2012, 11:34 AM
The fun thing about this year is that when Redman becomes the starting RB.....who will become the most popular RB on the team?? Dwyer, Rainey, Batch??

The backup is always the most popular with the fans.
ah...remember back when clay averaged 10 yds a carry and a touchdown every time he touched the ball ? damn that guy was good.... his production really fell off after that ..:doh:

Steelersfan87
05-22-2012, 03:48 PM
I don't agree. While the raw talent is there, I don't think he has good enough instincts or field vision.

Everybody thinks the RB has poor field vision when he has no holes. Nobody complained about Willie Parker's "field vision" in his first few years...it wasn't really until 2009 that all of a sudden he was a blind squirrel.

steeltheone
05-22-2012, 03:50 PM
ah...remember back when clay averaged 10 yds a carry and a touchdown every time he touched the ball ? damn that guy was good.... his production really fell off after that ..:doh:

I was at that game, I was not sure who in the hell just scored when Clay ran it in...

TheVet
05-22-2012, 05:11 PM
The fun thing about this year is that when Redman becomes the starting RB.....who will become the most popular RB on the team?? Dwyer, Rainey, Batch??

The backup is always the most popular with the fans.

Hah, this is a pretty good observation. :chuckle:

I think we can all root for Rainey without conflict, because he's so different. But with Dwyer, Clay, or Batch, that could be a real competition.

But right now, Redman is riding high. He's been the fan favorite for years. I love the way he fights every step of the way.
:tt04::tt04:

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 03:30 PM
Rashard Mendenhall Says Week 1 Return Is Best Case Scenario

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Dave Bryan

The Pittsburgh Steelers have wrapped up day two of their first OTA session of the 2012 season and running back Rashard Mendenhall talked to the media afterwards. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that Mendenhall said that he is still experiencing swelling and soreness in his surgically repaired knee and said that week 1 was a best-case scenario for his return to action. Mendenhall also fully expects to play in 2012 according to Kovacevic.

Dejan Kovacevic@Dejan_Kovacevic via twitter:

Mendenhall: Still swelling and soreness in knee, calls best-case scenario "Week 1" for his return. Fully expects to play in 2012. #Steelers

This report is not really earth shattering in nature as Mendenhall tore the ACL in his right knee late in the first half of the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Generally the timeline for a running back to be fully ready for action is anywhere from 9 to 12 months, but it is not out of the question he could be ready sooner than that. Despite his optimism, Mendenhall is expected to start training camp off on the Steelers Active PUP list and that will likely lead to him being moved to the Reserve PUP list once the season begins. That would mean that he must miss the first six weeks of the season at the very least.

General Manager Kevin Colbert has stated since Mendenhall suffered the knee injury that he is never really comfortable with running backs returning from ACL injuries until after a year, but he did not rule out the Steelers 2008 first round draft pick returning to action much earlier than that. Mendenhall was spotted by Mark Kaboly on Tuesday running at a pretty good clip during the session, but no cutting was involved.

Mendenhall is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2012 season.

In other running back news Wednesday, running back Isaac Redman, who would be the starter in week 1 if Mendenhall is not ready, said that the new offense of Todd Haley will get the ball to the backs more in the air this year. Redman was quoted as saying, "I feel we're capable of doing well with that." In addition, Redman also said that tight end David Johnson has officially been moved to fullback and that is the very same thing Jonathan Dwyer told us on the podcast prior to the OTA sessions.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/rashard_mendenhall_says_week_1_return_is_best_case _scenario/10856594

BengalDestroyer
05-23-2012, 06:29 PM
Didn't he prove that he could against Denver in the playoffs last year? Sure as hell did for me...

Exactly, and they were one of the better run defenses in the league...

steeltheone
05-23-2012, 07:14 PM
Exactly, and they were one of the better run defenses in the league...

Once again...he has not endured a long season worth of carries

Damarious Thomas had 200 yards receiving, Mike Wallace 26 yards ....Whats that say?

Sharkissle29
05-23-2012, 07:50 PM
Once again...he has not endured a long season worth of carries

Damarious Thomas had 200 yards receiving, Mike Wallace 26 yards ....Whats that say?

Totally unrelated here, but i partied in Vegas Friday with Demaryius Thomas. We had a cabana right next to him. I let him know how i felt about the playoff game, i told him he broke my heart. We were messing around all day, very cool, down to earth guy.

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 09:50 PM
Steelers’ Mendenhall ready to run in 2012

By Scott Brown - Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall runs during OTAs on the South Side May 23, 2012

Rashard Mendenhall said he will play this season, and the Steelers running back didn’t rule out doing so in the
Sept. 9 season opener in Denver.

“There’s always the possibility,” Mendenhall said Wednesday. “I’ll be back at some point. It’s just a matter of what point that is.”

Mendenhall’s future here has been murky, on several levels, since he tore the ACL in his right knee Jan. 1.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has said it usually takes a year to fully recover from that injury. And the Steelers have braced for the possibility that Mendenhall will spend the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.

Mendenhall is in the final year of his contract, but the Steelers’ 2008 first-round pick plans on playing through whatever risk comes with returning this season. When asked if there is any chance he won’t play in 2012, Mendenhall said, “I don’t see that happening at all.”

Mendenhall, the Steelers’ leading rusher the past three seasons, said he is still experiencing soreness and swelling in the knee he hurt in the Steelers’ 2011 regular-season finale in Cleveland.

The 5-foot-10, 225-pounder didn’t appear to be favoring it while running on the side during the Steelers’ first two offseason practices, and Mendenhall said he has been cutting and doing other things that put him on track to return in 2012.

There is not a whole lot in the way of experience behind Mendenhall.

Third-year man Isaac Redman has shown promise, but he has made just two career starts. No other healthy running back on the roster has more than 25 career carries.

The Steelers are eager to see if Redman, who rushed for 213 yards in the final two games last season, is ready to handle an increased workload.

“Everybody here has confidence in Isaac,” Mendenhall said.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1849354-85/mendenhall-steelers-season-running-2012-career-didn-doing-final-isaac

steeltheone
05-23-2012, 10:24 PM
Totally unrelated here, but i partied in Vegas Friday with Demaryius Thomas. We had a cabana right next to him. I let him know how i felt about the playoff game, i told him he broke my heart. We were messing around all day, very cool, down to earth guy.

What i am getting at is it is just one game...I hope Redman is a stud, but there is nothing to say he can carry the load all season...

Hawaii 5-0
05-24-2012, 09:19 PM
THURSDAY, 24 MAY 2012

WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

Some stuff:

--- There is one play for me that told me Isaac Redman can be a productive player for the Steelers, and that was the third-down, nine-yard TD catch he made in Baltimore on Dec. 5, 2010 that virtually clinched the AFC North Division. It helped the Steelers reach a Super Bowl.

Redman’s style will be more important to this offense as it tries to revive its running game. He also showed with that reception that he can catch a football in a tense spot over the middle.

--- I’ve always been a pretty good catcher . . . I can make guys miss after the catch,’’ Redman said Wednesday. “Hopefully that will open up our passing games.”

--- Redman also said things have changed for him these days back home in New Jersey, where he’s getting more respect.

“It’s a lot different. I’m having a football camp for youth [June 26 at Paulsboro High School]. In my neighborhood, I get a lot different treatment now when I’m home than when I was on the practice squad.”

--- Undrafted rookie receiver Marquis Maze was a playmaker at Alabama, but boy does he look small on that football field with the Steelers, who list him as 5-8, 186 pounds. Don’t know how the quarterbacks find him. Chris Rainey is listed as 5-9, 180. Is there a spot for two smurfs on the Steelers offense?

--- Jason Worilds always seems to have some minor injury holding him back. This should be his year to step up, although not as a starter. However, if an injury occurs, the Steelers need to turn to him to fill in on the outside and not take Lawrence Timmons from the inside.

--- If Trai Essex could make the conversation from tackle, where he played at Northwestern and the position for which the Steelers drafted him, then Willie Colon can do it.

--- James Harrison remains outspoken on a variety of topics and that should come as no surprise because of the position he plays. After all, his predecessors included Joey Porter and Greg Lloyd at right outside linebacker. It’s not been a spot for shrinking violets with the Steelers.

--- YOU: Dan Rooney, if he's coming back for good, will he be more involved with the team? Remember you said this guy attended Steeler practices for seventy years since he was a young kid.

ME: As long as Dan Rooney draws a breath, he will be involved with the Steelers. Being here instead of in Dublin, Ireland, I would say yes he’ll be more involved than he has been the past three years.

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/116482-ed-essex-believes-adams-can-step-in

Hawaii 5-0
05-26-2012, 01:53 AM
Rashard Mendenhall hasn’t ruled out a return for the Steelers’ opener

by The Football Fan Spot:
March 25, 2012

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Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL week 17 last year and the Steelers are handling the situation such that they’ll view anything they can get from Mendenhall in 2012 a bonus.

They’ve talked up new lead back Isaac Redman this offseason and used a 5th round pick on Chris Rainey to go with Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. However, Mendenhall hasn’t ruled out a return for the Steelers’ opener. Any talk of that is overly optimistic at this point. My money would be on him starting the season on the PUP and returning sometime around October or November.

If Isaac Redman impresses in Mendenhall’s absence, he might not find the lead back job available when he returns and instead have to settle for a split in carries between him and Redman in the final year of his rookie deal. He might not be resigned either after the season. Nothing is certain at all for Mendenhall in the future.

Original Story: http://footballfanspot.com/rashard-me...