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Steelgal
01-02-2012, 05:10 PM
EdBouchette tweet


I confirmed that Rashard Mendenhall has a torn ACL in his right knee. The only good news: No other damage. Surgery in 1-2 weeks. #steelers

Eddie Spaghetti
01-02-2012, 05:12 PM
as expected.

hope he can get ready by september.

DukieBoy
01-02-2012, 05:37 PM
Confident that Mendy will work hard to rehab and come back very strong next year.

Discipline of Steel
01-02-2012, 08:28 PM
What if RedZone powers us through the playoffs. Ive always heard that Olinemen love to power run block, Redman might give them something to get fired up about. Mendy may be an afterthought next year? Not like its never happened...

feltdizz
01-02-2012, 08:42 PM
What if RedZone powers us through the playoffs. Ive always heard that Olinemen love to power run block, Redman might give them something to get fired up about. Mendy may be an afterthought next year? Not like its never happened...
If Redman didn't fumble 2x yesterday I think he would've been over 100 yards and we would have confidence in him.

You won't see Redman runaway from someone but honestly, how many times have we seen Mends breakaway speed take it to the house this year?

You will see a lot of 4 to 5 yard runs... he just has to protect the rock.

Oviedo
01-02-2012, 08:47 PM
as expected.

hope he can get ready by september.

Read where they don't expect Adrian Peterson back in a game until October and he had surgery 2-3 weeks before Mendy will. In all likelihood Mendy won't be at full speed until November/December if at all for 2012.

May want to look to add another mid-round RB in the draft since we also don't know if Batch or Dwyer will come back 100%.

Shoe
01-02-2012, 09:00 PM
This is Redman's Wally Pipp moment.

That is, he has the chance to seize the moment (i.e. Lou Gehrig) and become the Steelers featured RB.

That is not to say that I think he is better, or whatever. All I'm relating is the opportunity. I always tell my kids that preparation is the key to success. If Redman has been preparing himself all along (for the opportunity), then he can seize the opportunity and make something of it. One recent example of this is Vince Young this year. He came with his attitude, and his big mouth, heaping expectations on this team. And when Mike Vick went down (with injury), his moment was there. He could have seized that opportunity, perhaps propelling this team into the playoffs, and who knows what!

Instead, he presumably came to camp overweight &/or out-of-shape, and he wasn't available to step in for Vick at that time. Why? Because he pulled his hamstring, and wasn't able to take advatage.

I hope Redman's ready. Fumbles aside, he seems to be. Let's see if he can do something with this golden opportunity. Truth is, he will never get a better showcase!

Eddie Spaghetti
01-02-2012, 09:07 PM
as expected.

hope he can get ready by september.

Read where they don't expect Adrian Peterson back in a game until October and he had surgery 2-3 weeks before Mendy will. In all likelihood Mendy won't be at full speed until November/December if at all for 2012.

May want to look to add another mid-round RB in the draft since we also don't know if Batch or Dwyer will come back 100%.

I could be wrong, but I thought AP had some MCL damage as well.

I agree that RB may have been moved up a round or two.

feltdizz
01-02-2012, 09:13 PM
as expected.

hope he can get ready by september.

Read where they don't expect Adrian Peterson back in a game until October and he had surgery 2-3 weeks before Mendy will. In all likelihood Mendy won't be at full speed until November/December if at all for 2012.

May want to look to add another mid-round RB in the draft since we also don't know if Batch or Dwyer will come back 100%.

Didn't AP injure his knee... return a few weeks later and play on it again? AP's injury is also looked much worse.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-02-2012, 09:49 PM
While he might be back on the field by the start of the season, supposedly it takes a year before a player is back to his normal self after an ACL.

Steelers>NFL
01-02-2012, 10:33 PM
Mendy has played his last game as a Steeler.Thanks for the small memories.

fordfixer
01-02-2012, 10:48 PM
Mendy has played his last game as a Steeler.Thanks for the small memories.


Inside info or wishful thinking?

feltdizz
01-02-2012, 11:13 PM
Mendy has played his last game as a Steeler.Thanks for the small memories.


Inside info or wishful thinking?
It may be wishful thinking but it's not a crazy prediction. We have a stable of young, cheap runningbacks and they will probably get enough touches in camp to give the FO some interesting decisions.

Shawn
01-02-2012, 11:29 PM
It will likely be 9 months, plus or minus 3 months. To think he will be ready by camp is wishful thinking. He has a shot at the regular season but he wont be 100%. That will take about 2 years.

Silver lining? He became alot easier to sign.

fordfixer
01-02-2012, 11:32 PM
Teammates confident in Redman

By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/ ... 227e9ce04f (http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Teammates-confident-in-Redman/27e5e7dc-3874-4c53-8931-b4227e9ce04f)





The Steelers will go into Sunday’s game in Denver without running back Rashard Mendenhall, but teammates have plenty of faith in Isaac Redman, who will get the lion’s share of the carries.

“I think we have great running backs,” said tackle Max Starks. “You look at how Isaac Redman played (against the Browns). He is a tremendous downhill rusher and I think even at one point the Cleveland Browns were arguing with themselves over who was going to tackle him because they couldn’t get him down. He is just a hard runner and I’m looking forward to seeing him featured.”

Redman had 19 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Browns after Mendenhall went out with a knee injury.

“We will run the same plays,” said Miller. “All our guys are capable of toting the ball and being productive for us.”

Redman had two fumbles in the fourth quarter against the Browns, but his teammates aren’t concerned.

“You can’t do that and it was tough, but when you look at how well he ran otherwise it is one of things where you just say hey, hold onto the ball tighter,” said Starks. “But still for him to come in and get as many plays as he did, not expecting to get that many run plays, I think he did admirably. Now that we got that out of the way, it's like you are the feature guy, you need to prepare for it and you need to be ready to run hard and often in Denver.”

With Redman taking over for Mendenhall while the running plays won’t change, look for a different type of runner in the backfield.

“Redman has a different running style,” said Miller. “He’s tough to bring down. You’ve seen that in the games where he’s gotten carries. He really hits the holes. He’s a really good running back. I am excited to see if he gets extra carries this week. I am excited to see what he can do with them.

“He has a rugged style to his game. I think he has a strong lower body that makes him able to run through tackles. He’s shiftier than you think. He’s a good all-around running back. I think this past game you got to see a little more of him than you otherwise would have.”

flippy
01-02-2012, 11:37 PM
Mendy's only finished 2 of 4 seasons. He'll probably be worthless next season, so it'll be 2 of 5. We've already got the average RB career out of him. Poor kid probably won't ever make any real money in the NFL.

frankthetank1
01-03-2012, 12:04 AM
Mendy's only finished 2 of 4 seasons. He'll probably be worthless next season, so it'll be 2 of 5. We've already got the average RB career out of him. Poor kid probably won't ever make any real money in the NFL.

thats a good point. the worse thing out of this is that mendy was a first round pick. its funny to me so many people didnt like willie parker for not being a complete back however he didnt even cost the steelers a draft pick and has had more success than mendy. i really had high hopes for mendenhall. its a very dissapointing injury

LouSteel
01-03-2012, 11:00 AM
It will likely be 9 months, plus or minus 3 months. To think he will be ready by camp is wishful thinking. He has a shot at the regular season but he wont be 100%. That will take about 2 years.

Silver lining? He became alot easier to sign.

:Agree :Agree

Sign him to a reasonable contract based on his injury. If he won't take it, let him walk -- but I doubt anyone will come beating down the door for him.

We've got some promising looking young backs in Dwyer/Clay/Batch. Plug the best one in with Redman/Moore and we've got our committee. Add Mendy at 100% to the mix and our RB situation is fine in the long term.

For the short term... I hope Redman really shows us something on Sunday. I don't think the fumbling will be an issue. Hope I'm right.

ikestops85
01-03-2012, 11:23 AM
I've been a fan of Redman since his first training camp. He seems to have always delivered when he gets a chance until this last game. He absolutely cannot put the ball on the ground. I love his effort but not at the expense of a turnover. Our offense is too inconsistent as it is without us giving up possessions.

His short yardage pickup of a first down where he spun away from defenders twice was a pretty awesome run. :Beer

LouSteel
01-03-2012, 11:51 AM
I've been a fan of Redman since his first training camp. He seems to have always delivered when he gets a chance until this last game. He absolutely cannot put the ball on the ground. I love his effort but not at the expense of a turnover. Our offense is too inconsistent as it is without us giving up possessions.

His short yardage pickup of a first down where he spun away from defenders twice was a pretty awesome run. :Beer

I'm a huge Redman fan too. Maybe that colors my opinion a bit, but I'm not as concerned about the fumbles as others seem to be. The first fumble was the result of a great hit. The second was definitely on him.

I think if the coaches tell him to quit trying to be a hero every single down he will be OK.

Shoe
01-03-2012, 11:59 AM
Sadly for him, you know the Denver D will be ripping at the ball and swarming him like a pack of hyenas.

phillyesq
01-03-2012, 11:59 AM
Mendy's only finished 2 of 4 seasons. He'll probably be worthless next season, so it'll be 2 of 5. We've already got the average RB career out of him. Poor kid probably won't ever make any real money in the NFL.

He made something like 7 or 8 million dollars on his rookie deal. We've all heard how thoughtful Mendy is, and if he is even half as intelligent as he fancies himself to be, he should be set financially, even after accounting for taxes, etc.

Based on the most optimistic time frame, Mendenhall may be ready around the start of the season next year, but will likely begin the year on the PUP list. I would not count on him for anything next year, but as pointed out earlier, the Steelers will likely be able to bring him back cheap for 2013, if they so choose.

I think the Steelers almost have to add a back in the offseason, either through the draft or a mid-tier free agent backup.

eniparadoxgma
01-03-2012, 01:12 PM
I'm a big Redman fan and think he's going to do some good things for this team. I'm also still drinking the Batch Kool-Aid and am hoping he comes back a monster for us next year. All that said, I'm hoping for Mendy to come back healthy. I have nothing against his play.

Shawn
01-04-2012, 11:12 AM
It will likely be 9 months, plus or minus 3 months. To think he will be ready by camp is wishful thinking. He has a shot at the regular season but he wont be 100%. That will take about 2 years.

Silver lining? He became alot easier to sign.

:Agree :Agree

Sign him to a reasonable contract based on his injury. If he won't take it, let him walk -- but I doubt anyone will come beating down the door for him.

We've got some promising looking young backs in Dwyer/Clay/Batch. Plug the best one in with Redman/Moore and we've got our committee. Add Mendy at 100% to the mix and our RB situation is fine in the long term.

For the short term... I hope Redman really shows us something on Sunday. I don't think the fumbling will be an issue. Hope I'm right.

I am one of the few Mendy fans. I truly think he can be an elite back in this league...just not behind this OL. With that said, after a torn ACL a player can eventually return at "100%"...but the knee is never structurally the same. Physiologically speaking the kinetics of the knee hinge are going to be different. That usually means a player will lose some speed or explosiveness. Many can compensate by strengthening the leg, but some can not. Either way, it's unlikely that Mendenhall will ever be the same back.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-04-2012, 11:25 AM
I like Redman for this O line more than Mendenhall. I think that the line understands that for Redman you get on your block and hold him for a couple of seconds while Redman hits the LOS. With RM they never know how long they have to hold their blocks because he waits until he sees the perfect hole then waits for it to open wider.

That being said, I just got a call from Kevin Colbert yesterday asking if I want to be the #3 RB heading into the playoffs so depth will be a bigger issue. :lol:

fordfixer
01-05-2012, 03:12 AM
Redman has come a long way from first training camp

http://www.heraldstandard.com/sports/st ... 6d591.html (http://www.heraldstandard.com/sports/steelers/redman-has-come-a-long-way-from-first-training-camp/article_33bbd02d-c5f6-5de2-86e2-04ccbe66d591.html)
Redman expecting more work


Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 2:00 am

By Jim Wexell

PITTSBURGH — They were calling him “Sir Isaac” in the broadcast booth from Cleveland on Sunday, but Isaac Redman can remember a time not too long ago when his coach called him everything BUT his name.

“Coach (Mike) Tomlin was calling me ‘Barlow’ and ‘Bowie’ and ‘Out of Shape,’” recalled Redman, the back who eventually secured Kevan Barlow’s No. 33 jersey after a record-setting career at Bowie State.

But back then, Redman was just a nobody to his coach.

“He didn’t call me by my name one time the whole camp,” Redman said.

Tomlin now calls Redman his starting running back, the guy who’ll replace the injured Rashard Mendenhall when the Steelers play the Denver Broncos in the wildcard round of the playoffs Sunday.

The game will be played in the thin air of mile-high Denver, and behind Redman on the depth chart are two backs with a combined resume of 10 NFL carries.

There’s little doubt Redman will get the workload he’s been craving the last three years.

“I haven’t ran much in thin air,” he said. “We played there in the preseason, but that wasn’t nearly as much work as I’m about to get now. I feel fine. I’ve worked hard all year. We’ve been practicing and running all along. I should be all right.”

Redman had three carries for 11 yards in that 2010 preseason game. He didn’t catch a pass, but probably picked up a blitz or two. He’ll do all of that and more Sunday in what will be his first start since Oct. 9, when he replaced Mendenhall against Tennessee and gained 49 yards in 15 carries.

In that game Jonathan Dwyer mopped up with 11 carries after the Steelers pulled ahead, but no one expects rookie John Clay get that kind of work in his third pro game.

It’s all on Redman, who was considered out of shape when he spent the 2009 season on the Steelers’ practice squad.

“I had looked pretty bad during the running test that year,” Redman explained. “I had missed my first flight so by the time my second flight got there, I hadn’t eaten or drank anything all day. I landed, came straight to camp, ran to the locker room, put my cleats on, ran on the field, and did the running test. And I looked pretty bad. I was nervous. I really didn’t know what was going on. My asthma started acting up. And then they were like, ‘Aw, man, this dude came here out of shape.’ So they said for a while that I was out of shape, and they kept saying it throughout the whole preseason.”

Redman said he felt uncomfortable on the practice squad that season, so he made it a point to make a better impression at his second camp.

“I wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” he said, and he made the team in 2010 and played in every game, including the Super Bowl.

He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the regular season and 7.1 in the postseason, and this year has become the toast of the talk-show set this season.

A short-yardage specialist, Redman replaced Mendenhall early last Sunday and finished the game with 92 yards on 19 carries. He came away from the game “definitely sore, probably the most sore I’ve been since I’ve been here.”

But he took the beating with a smile.

“Somebody told me I’m the starting running back on the most popular team going into the playoffs,” Redman said. “I’m ready. I’m embracing the moment. It’s times like this when you have to showcase and just let everybody know what you’re about.”

NOTES: Ben Roethlisberger said he suffered a setback to his sprained ankle in the third quarter of the Cleveland game, but will play Sunday. ... Roethlisberger and C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) were limited in practice Wednesday. Missing practice were OLB James Harrison (toe), DE Brett Keisel (groin), S Troy Polamalu (calf), RB Mewelde Moore (knee) and CB Cortez Allen (shoulder). ... Polamalu was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. ... Rookie OLB Chris Carter was placed on IR and replaced by RB Chad Spann off the practice squad. RB Albert Young was signed to the practice squad.

fordfixer
01-05-2012, 03:15 AM
Steelers' Redman is ready for the spotlight
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, January 5, 2012

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 75091.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_775091.html)

One of the more compelling success stories in a locker room filled with them once spent an entire day carrying around a football. It was atonement for fumbling in a game.

It didn't happen this week at the Steelers' practice facility, but years ago in Paulsboro, N.J., a Philadelphia suburb where Isaac Redman excelled in football and wrestling at a school that excels in both sports.

"My coach made me do that," Redman said of legendary Paulsboro High coach Glenn Howard. "I don't know what it was supposed to do. It was sitting on my desk in class. It was barely in my hands."

The ball will be in Redman's hands plenty during the playoffs, starting Sunday when the Steelers visit Denver for an AFC wild-card game.

Rashard Mendenhall's season-ending knee injury has thrust Redman into the starting lineup, and the former undrafted free agent is the only healthy running back with significant NFL experience on the roster.

The bruising Redman averaged 4.4 yards per carry this season and converted nine of the 11 times he got the ball on third-and-2 or less. The 6-foot, 230-pounder is adept enough at picking up blitzing linebackers that he will serve as the Steelers' third-down back, as well as their featured runner.

"I'd be lying if I say I'm fine being a backup my whole career," said Redman, who rushed for 479 yards and three touchdowns this season. "Any chance I get I want to showcase my talent, and hopefully somebody here or wherever looks at me and says, 'Man, that guy is capable of being a No. 1 back in this league.' "

That self-assuredness is one reason why no one in the Steelers' locker room is worried that Redman lost two fumbles last Sunday in Cleveland. Coach Mike Tomlin apparently hasn't lost any sleep over the turnovers, either — or what they may portend.

"Actually, Coach Tomlin hasn't said anything to me about it," Redman said. "They understand that it's not like it's been an ongoing problem."

There was a time when Tomlin said little to Redman, and it came during his first training camp in 2009.

Redman signed with the Steelers out of Bowie State, a Division II school in Maryland. Tomlin called him "Barlow" in a nod to Kevan Barlow, who had worn No. 33 during a short stint with the Steelers prior to Redman's arrival. He also jabbed at Redman for showing up at camp out of shape.

Redman staged a coming-out party during the goal-line drill, scoring three times from the 1-yard line against the first-team defense. He carried four more times, per orders from Tomlin.

Redman received seven of the eight carries during the only camp drill that features live hitting, and he scored five times.

"He didn't call me by my name one time through whole camp," Redman said of Tomlin. "I was like, 'Man, maybe Coach Tomlin will call me Redman after this.' "

He didn't, but other Steelers took notice of Redman.

That included Casey Hampton, who admittedly knew almost nothing about Redman before the goal-line drill.

"He was a beast," Hampton said. "I don't expect nothing but greatness from him from these next few games we've got. I'm not worried about him at all. One guy ain't going to bring him down. That's the kind of back you want fighting for you all of the time."

Wide receiver Mike Wallace agreed.

"I can't even tell you the things guys are saying out there on the field," Wallace said. "They get pretty mad when he runs over all these people. They be cursing all the time."

Such salty language is one measure of how far Redman has risen since joining the Steelers as an unheralded rookie and spending most of 2009 on their practice squad.

Now that he has become a starter, Redman has dual pursuits.

"Hopefully you'll see a running back that's capable of being a No. 1 running back in this league," he said, "and capable of helping a team go to the Super Bowl."

Read more: Steelers' Redman is ready for the spotlight - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1iZ8e1QRR (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_775091.html#ixzz1iZ8e1QRR)

fordfixer
01-05-2012, 04:17 AM
Could John Clay be this postseason’s James Starks?
Pittsburgh Steelers
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John Clay has the type of physical style that does well in the playoffs. (AP)

Before Jan. 9, 2011, few NFL fans outside of Green Bay could have told you who James Starks was. A virtual unknown rookie out of the University of Buffalo, Starks carried the ball just 29 times during his first regular season — 18 of those touches coming in a Week 13 win over San Francisco.

But then that January day rolled around and, with the sixth-seeded Packers visiting Philadelphia in a wild-card round playoff game, Starks made a name for himself. He ran 23 times for 123 yards against the Eagles, which helped Green Bay pull off a road upset and sparked a Super Bowl run. Over the Pack’s march to a title, Starks would attempt 81 rushes, pick up 315 yards and score once.

Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and the Packers’ superstars received many of the accolades, but it’s hard to imagine that team getting past Philadelphia, let alone running the table, without Starks’ emergence.

One year later, Pittsburgh, the team Green Bay beat in the 2011 Super Bowl, finds itself in need of a similar diamond-in-the-rough story.

That’s because No. 1 running back Rashard Mendenhall, he of 3,000-plus rushing yards over the past three seasons, tore his ACL in what wound up being a meaningless Week 17 game in Cleveland. Now the Steelers hope someone else can step in the backfield for Sunday’s game in Denver.

The three options: Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore and John Clay.

Redman will get the first crack at replacing Mendenhall, despite two fumbles against the Browns. He had 110 carries for 479 yards this season and proved capable of spelling Mendenhall in spurts.

Moore, meanwhile, has been dealing with a knee injury since Week 15 and the eighth-year back did not play in either of the Steelers’ final two games.

And then there’s Clay.

If there’s an unofficial nominee to be this year’s Starks, it might be the rookie out of Wisconsin. Clay was relegated to Pittsburgh’s practice squad until Dec. 23, when the team signed him to its active roster. He paid immediate dividends, scoring a touchdown on his first career carry. Clay then jumped in against Cleveland, with Redman yanked following his two fumbles, and picked up 31 yards on nine carries.

Clay had rushed for more than 3,400 yards at Wisconsin, but went undrafted last April because of questions about his conditioning and speed.

He’s never going to be a burner, but the weight issues appear to be under control, and a motivated Clay could be a huge weapon for Pittsburgh. At 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, he has the potential to be a bruising, between-the-tackles runner at the NFL level — precisely the type of back that comes in handy in January and February.

At the very least, Clay should provide a solid source of depth for the Pittsburgh backfield. Redman will enter the wild-card round as the Steelers’ No. 1 back, with Moore (assuming he can play) penciled in for his usual role as a third-down player.

Pittsburgh, like the Packers last year, will not be running the ball 50 times a game. The ground attack, though, is critical to the Steelers’ hopes of balancing out their offense and keeping some heat off Ben Roethlisberger.

Maybe Redman delivers the type of performance Pittsburgh needs. We saw during the 2011 playoff season, however, when Packers coach Mike McCarthy rode what he called the “hot hand” in Starks, how quickly plans can change.

Clay may have spent 15 weeks of the regular season on the practice squad, but he might wind up being just what the Steelers need with Mendenhall on the sideline.

Steelers>NFL
01-05-2012, 10:05 AM
Could John Clay be this postseason’s James Starks?
Pittsburgh Steelers
http://nfl.si.com/2012/01/04/could-john ... =nfl_wr_a2 (http://nfl.si.com/2012/01/04/could-john-clay-be-this-postseasons-james-starks/?sct=nfl_wr_a2)

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John Clay has the type of physical style that does well in the playoffs. (AP)

Before Jan. 9, 2011, few NFL fans outside of Green Bay could have told you who James Starks was. A virtual unknown rookie out of the University of Buffalo, Starks carried the ball just 29 times during his first regular season — 18 of those touches coming in a Week 13 win over San Francisco.

But then that January day rolled around and, with the sixth-seeded Packers visiting Philadelphia in a wild-card round playoff game, Starks made a name for himself. He ran 23 times for 123 yards against the Eagles, which helped Green Bay pull off a road upset and sparked a Super Bowl run. Over the Pack’s march to a title, Starks would attempt 81 rushes, pick up 315 yards and score once.

Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and the Packers’ superstars received many of the accolades, but it’s hard to imagine that team getting past Philadelphia, let alone running the table, without Starks’ emergence.

One year later, Pittsburgh, the team Green Bay beat in the 2011 Super Bowl, finds itself in need of a similar diamond-in-the-rough story.

That’s because No. 1 running back Rashard Mendenhall, he of 3,000-plus rushing yards over the past three seasons, tore his ACL in what wound up being a meaningless Week 17 game in Cleveland. Now the Steelers hope someone else can step in the backfield for Sunday’s game in Denver.

The three options: Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore and John Clay.

Redman will get the first crack at replacing Mendenhall, despite two fumbles against the Browns. He had 110 carries for 479 yards this season and proved capable of spelling Mendenhall in spurts.

Moore, meanwhile, has been dealing with a knee injury since Week 15 and the eighth-year back did not play in either of the Steelers’ final two games.

And then there’s Clay.

If there’s an unofficial nominee to be this year’s Starks, it might be the rookie out of Wisconsin. Clay was relegated to Pittsburgh’s practice squad until Dec. 23, when the team signed him to its active roster. He paid immediate dividends, scoring a touchdown on his first career carry. Clay then jumped in against Cleveland, with Redman yanked following his two fumbles, and picked up 31 yards on nine carries.

Clay had rushed for more than 3,400 yards at Wisconsin, but went undrafted last April because of questions about his conditioning and speed.

He’s never going to be a burner, but the weight issues appear to be under control, and a motivated Clay could be a huge weapon for Pittsburgh. At 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, he has the potential to be a bruising, between-the-tackles runner at the NFL level — precisely the type of back that comes in handy in January and February.

At the very least, Clay should provide a solid source of depth for the Pittsburgh backfield. Redman will enter the wild-card round as the Steelers’ No. 1 back, with Moore (assuming he can play) penciled in for his usual role as a third-down player.

Pittsburgh, like the Packers last year, will not be running the ball 50 times a game. The ground attack, though, is critical to the Steelers’ hopes of balancing out their offense and keeping some heat off Ben Roethlisberger.

Maybe Redman delivers the type of performance Pittsburgh needs. We saw during the 2011 playoff season, however, when Packers coach Mike McCarthy rode what he called the “hot hand” in Starks, how quickly plans can change.

Clay may have spent 15 weeks of the regular season on the practice squad, but he might wind up being just what the Steelers need with Mendenhall on the sideline.

Nah, most people think we need a veteran RB to win. Can not win with rookie or young RBs. :stirpot
But I for one am really looking forward to Redman & Clay's play in the playoffs. Can not wait...

Keyplay1
01-05-2012, 12:46 PM
Saw this yesterday and found it interesting. Considering I was thinking the same thing.

And then there’s Clay.

If there’s an unofficial nominee to be this year’s Starks, it might be the rookie out of Wisconsin. Clay was relegated to Pittsburgh’s practice squad until Dec. 23, when the team signed him to its active roster. He paid immediate dividends, scoring a touchdown on his first career carry. Clay then jumped in against Cleveland, with Redman yanked following his two fumbles, and picked up 31 yards on nine carries.

Clay had rushed for more than 3,400 yards at Wisconsin, but went undrafted last April because of questions about his conditioning and speed.

He’s never going to be a burner, but the weight issues appear to be under control, and a motivated Clay could be a huge weapon for Pittsburgh. At 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, he has the potential to be a bruising, between-the-tackles runner at the NFL level — precisely the type of back that comes in handy in January and February.

At the very least, Clay should provide a solid source of depth for the Pittsburgh backfield. Redman will enter the wild-card round as the Steelers’ No. 1 back, with Moore (assuming he can play) penciled in for his usual role as a third-down player.

-----But after taking a deeper look at all the possibilities I now think that the much bigger story would be to somehow have Spann, yes, Chad Spann, who the Steelers just signed a couple days ago be the story. He ought to be able to pick up a couple plays this week and that might be enough. And no, I cannot imagine any scenario where the guy the Steelers just signed to the PS [Albert Young---although he is promising too] can emerge at this late date.

But seriously, does anyone know anything about Spann? He looks good on paper. Can he block if necessary? He is supposed to have good pass catching skills and what with Moore being banged up -- Well?