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    Can Isaac Redman Shoulder The Load For The Steelers' Running Game in 2012?

    Can Isaac Redman Shoulder The Load For The Steelers' Running Game in 2012?

    Saturday, May 19, 2012
    by Adam Parker



    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.

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    I have given this a lot of thought... The answer is YES.

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    Redman earned those 4.4ypc, (he had to), moving the pile and getting yardage after contact. When the OL shows improvement he'll be better.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Saturday, May 19, 2012
    by Adam Parker

    It would be over a year later, on September 18, 2011, that Redman would score his first pro touchdown.
    Wrong wrong wrong Adam Parker. Shame on you. Isaac Redman actually scored two touchdowns in 2010. One was a huge receiving touchdown against the Ravens that most fans remember.

    The date September 18, 2011 was his first rushing touchdown of his career. Besides, we all know that Redman didn't score rushing touchdowns because Mendenhall got all of the chances. If there is one thing that Redman does well it is run in tight quarters or on short yardage.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    In 2010, Redman was the short yardage specialist, but NOT the goal line back....

    In 2010, he carried 17 times on 3rd or 4th and short...but only 4 times within the opponents 10 yard line...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukieBoy View Post
    Redman earned those 4.4ypc, (he had to), moving the pile and getting yardage after contact. When the OL shows improvement he'll be better.
    I agree with you man. Many are quite reluctant to say he is anything more than "serviceable". Which makes sense. But when you think about it... first, if you watch him run, you have to be impressed with his ability to make yards after contact. Second, over the last two weeks of the year, he gave us a glimpse of his ability. Now--when you had the improvement to the O-line (i.e. bigger holes potentially), he really has a GREAT chance of success.

    I mean... I don't play fantasy football. But if I were looking for an RB, he'd be a steal IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    Many are quite reluctant to say he is anything more than "serviceable".
    I wouldn't say "many"...I think the vast majority of posters here (other than those whose names start and end in "O" of course ) are impressed with what Redman has accomplished so far, and are looking forward to him blossoming even further with a greater opportunity this year behind an improved o-line.

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    It is strange that some of the people who doubt Redman are constantly calling for younger players to get an opportunity...all Redman has done is produce when his number was called...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    It is strange that some of the people who doubt Redman are constantly calling for younger players to get an opportunity...all Redman has done is produce when his number was called...
    Dueling opinions that younger players on defense should obviously be playing early in their careers over established vets (because the game has passed "Saint" LeBeau by), but Redman is a backup for a reason (since the coaches obviously know more than people on a message board) don't exactly mesh together, now do they?

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    Not exactly.

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