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Old 10-06-2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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Redman ready to handle the load
By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
Posted 10 hours ago

With Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore just spectators at practice on Wednesday a lot of the workload at running back fell into the welcoming hands of Isaac Redman.

“I just try to make the best out of every situation,” said Redman. “If they can’t go, I will probably be out there first, second and third down. It will be a lot to take on, but I welcome it.”

Redman has been spelling Mendenhall all season to keep him fresh, but getting the extra reps in practice with the first team is something he knows will be beneficial if he does have to start against the Titans on Sunday at Heinz Field.

“It’s a lot easier for me,” said Redman. “If Mendenhall goes out the first series and I am in there, you aren’t as prepared. You aren’t used to it. In practice I will get more reps, different looks and run the plays that will be called. I will be prepared for that.

“I am preparing like I am going to be the main guy carrying the ball in the game. I have to prepare to carry the load.”

Through four games Redman has 22 carries for 107 yards, a 4.9 yard average. He has two receptions out of the backfield for 18 yards.

“You can’t do too much dancing in the backfield,” said Redman. “That is how we lose yards. I would rather have a zero yard run than a loss. Our line is beat up, there is some inexperience. We have to establish the run. We need it. We need to shut people up. We have Max Starks back. Hopefully he can add some spark to the offensive line and we can get some movement.”

More here: http://www.steelers.com/news/article...3-31b4f22c67ba
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Redman ready to handle the load

Redman says " you can't dance around in the backfield" he should know first hand since he watches Mendy do this every game
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Default Re: Redman ready to handle the load

If Mendenhall would get out of his own head - we have already proven we can run all over people just like in the AFC champ game v. Jets

We really have a nice 3 headed monster of running backs if they are at the top of their game

Here's to getting it kick started
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Redman says " you can't dance around in the backfield" he should know first hand since he watches Mendy do this every game
I have an odd feeling that the 'dancing in the backfield' part was directed at someone on our team...
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I have an odd feeling that the 'dancing in the backfield' part was directed at someone on our team...
Who might that be, Hines?

I'd love to see Redman kick some booty and light a fire under Mendy.
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I don't wish injuries on anyone, but I'm excited to see Redman get a chance.
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“You can’t do too much dancing in the backfield,” said Redman.
I'm pretty sure he took a shot at Mendy here. More power to him.
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Mendy has great skills, but this year he looks like Madden 2012 when the Wii remote is on the fritz. Time to change the batteries!
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Mendy has great skills, but this year he looks like Madden 2012 when the Wii remote is on the fritz. Time to change the batteries!
If you watch his highlights and Illinious, he did most of his damage past the line of scrimmage. He has great moves in the open field, but struggles running up the gut without impeccable blocking. Arians needs to find ways to get Mendy the ball in space, perhaps catching passes out of the backfield.

Redman has a running style and build to carry the load on first and second down, running up the gut. I just don't see it from Mendy. Very glad to see 'Redzone' Redman get an opportunity. I have loads of confidence in him; I'm even starting him on my fantasy team.

In the long run, perhaps this will encourage a backfield by committee.
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If you watch his highlights and Illinious, he did most of his damage past the line of scrimmage. He has great moves in the open field, but struggles running up the gut without impeccable blocking.
He had a run in the playoffs against the Jets that offered the slightest of seams and he hit that thing for a TD. I remember thinking that this kid is finally making it.
Then this year happened.

Of course there are plenty of times that smashing it up in the middle when the line hasn't opened any holes just isn't going to work for anyone. But maybe watching Redman hit the small holes that do exist will give Mendy the idea.
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