Big, beefy interior OL, emphasis on a renewed ground game...winter football in Pittsburgh...
Everyone's forgotten John Clay?
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Frankly this topic is ridiculous and the title is a random opinion.
Redman starts barring injury. And you better pray nothing happens to him cause we have a splattering of other backs with some talent. But none of them are going to handle 15-20 carries a week.
Clay is pretty much a plodding nobody though he could linger as a backup for a couple years.
Batch and Rainey can't handle a heavy workload, but will be nice compliment backs.
Dwyer has been dodging the Turk for a couple years.
He'll be on the team, but will again be an afterthought.
If he had to carry 15 times in a game, he'd need to be put on life support after the game. His 'talent' has been over-valued for years by a select group of Steelers fans. Dude is limited in many ways. He always has a nice first play, then rolls into the fetal position if he has to have back to back plays.
TBH, I have very high hopes for Redman. I liken his situation to Barry Foster way back when. Now, it would be unrealistic to expect Redman to break the single-season team record for rushing (like Foster did), but I think the potential to take the job is there.
I would be DISAPPOINTED if Redman isn't the Week 1 starter and bellcow.
Personally, I got tired of watching Mendy spin and dance to try to avoid first contact rather than picking a hole and hitting it. I think Mendy is a better athlete than Redman and is quicker, faster and able to cut more drastically but all that talented seemed to get stifled at the line rather than unleashed.Originally Posted by [B
Eich I hear what you are saying. I think with our old OL, that Redman was actually the clear choice to start. Behind that line, I believe Redman to be the more effective back. But, behind this OL? Woo wee...I would love to see Mendenhall run behind these guys. He needs holes, and some space...and if you give it to him he can be a top back in this league.
Give me less talent, but a hunger for football, over more talent, but a hunger for nachos.
If Dwyer shows up in shape and motivated, he'll get his shot. But how in the world can any of the coaches consider Dwyer to be their first choice coming out of OTA's and minicamps where there is no hitting allowed?
An in-shape Dwyer is going to look better than an in-shape Redman while in shorts every day of the week. But NFL football is not played in shorts. Let's see what happens when the bullets are live. I know that Redman can take a hit from NFL players, get up, and ask for more. All I know about Dwyer is that he can run through a gaping hole untouched and still get caught from behind.
Would I like to see Dwyer step it up and compete? Certainly! Do I expect it? Well...he'll have to show me. My view has been that if Mendenhall never blew out his knee at the end of last season, our RB corps for this year would be Mendenhall, Redman, Batch, and Rainey, with both Dwyer and Clay on the outside looking in. Now, with Mendenhall on the shelf for the start of the season, Dwyer has his shot to prove that he is a legit NFL back, and not just a triple option college back with some nice YouTube clips. I hope he emerges...we'll see soon enough...after all, players report TOMORROW!!!
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1.30 ILB Zach Cunningham 6'3" 234 Vanderbilt
2.62 OLB Jordan Willis 6'4" 255 Kansas State
3.94 CB Sidney Jones 6'0" 186 Washington
3.105c DE Tanoh Kpassagnon 6'7" 289 Villanova
4.135 CB Rasul Douglas 6'2" 209 West Virginia
5.173 RB James Conner 6'1" 233 Pittsburgh
6.213 SS Lorenzo Jerome 5'10" 204 St. Francis
7.248 TE Michael Roberts 6'4" 270 Toledo
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