Here's their receiving stats fwiw:
Dwyer: 18 106 5.9
Redman: 19 244 12.8
Mendenhall: 9 62 6.9
I'm just playing now....but obviously we have different definitions of what a stud back should be. Now don't get me wrong, I am not a Dwyer hater by any means...
I was impressed with his performance this year. Hopefully he can continue to train and improve...and be the back we all want to see in black and gold...
Both Redman & Dwyer proved that they are decent rotational RB's this season, and can get 'hot' during a game. Both players lack that 'game breaking' ability that Mendenhall has, but Mendy is likely in a different colour next season. Batch didn't stand out at all this season, and the odds look against him. Rainey looks to be the Steelers version of the Chiefs McCluster- hopefully the Steelers can find the right role for him. A breakaway RB that can be used as a passing option and can play as the 3rd down back is required, not necessarily a 'stud' RB. It looks like the Steelers will not be making the RB position a 'large' investment position, and are happy to play the RB rotation game- which is fine, so long as the group are all capable.
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You don't need to waste a 2nd round pick on a RB. They are literally a dime a dozen. Neither Redman or Dwyer is a bellcow back; but in NFL 2000+, you don't need one.
Add Rainey and Batch to the mix, and I would feel good about going into the next season with that roster (and if need be, pick up a guy in the later rounds).
I just don't understand why Dwyer isn't in better shape. He almost didn't make the team the first 2 years (and I believe would have been cut if not for injuries) because he wasn't prepared. And this year he was better but still constantly calling to come out of the game. He's 23. He's listed at 5'11"/229 - it's not so big that a single play should wind him. How is this not being addressed by the coaching staff - give this dude an offseason plan to follow and monitor him throughout (he's admitted he has trouble with eating too much and letting himself go between seasons).
I'd also like to add that saying Dwyer was the best back for the Steelers this season is the same as being given an award for being the tallest person at a dwarf convention.
It almost looks like Dwyer and Redman made a deal in practice to make sure they both get touches... I was furious when he ripped off a 9 yarder and waived to the sidelines.
I like Redman best. He's the most consistent in what he brings to the table. He's not a game breaker, but he gives everything, he runs hard, breaks tackles. I think he's the perfect 3rd down, short yardage, and give a guy a breather back. He's the least talented, but he's got the most determination to make something out of nothing.
I'd try to bring Mendy back and make him carry a football high and tight every hour of every day for the rest of his career. I do think it's fair to consider that Mendy and Batch were coming off injury. Both could be a different back next year.
I'm curious to see if Rainey bulks up any for next season? I'd use him as a WR. He's identical in size to Wes Welker.
Dwyer needs to go work out with Ike this offseason. Get him in shape. It's embarrassing to see him ask to come out after 1 5 yard carry.
I would try to bring in some UDFAs at RB. Get an OLine coach and improve the line and any RB will do.
Mendenhall is still the best back on the team from a professional running back skill set standpoint. He needs to hold on to the football, unfortunately, that may have been his undoing this year.
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