It appears Isaac Redman will replace Rashard Mendenhall in Steelers starting lineup

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Isaac Redman admitted he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t nervous about his new role in the team. Rashard Mendenhall’s injury has sidelined the running back for an indefinite period. Moreover, the man who loves to run the ball, Todd Haley is the new offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. All of this points to one thing; Isaac Redman is the new starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 
Isaac Redman is already receiving approvals from his teammates. “Isaac is ready,” Rashard Mendenhall said while offensive lineman Willie Colon stated, “He's been running over people long enough. He's ready.”
 
Rashard Mendenhall, who tore his ACL in the season finale last year, was expected to return to the gridiron this February. However, Pittsburgh Steelers’ medical staff has made it clear that Rashard Mendenhall needs more time for a full recovery.
 
Everyone thought Rashard Mendenhall’s injury will bring Chris Rainey to the field. Chris Rainey’s super speed and impeccable catching abilities made him the number one choice after Rashard Mendenhall. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for more brawn than in the 5-foot-8-inch 180-pound Chris Rainey.
 
This left the Pittsburgh Steelers with one option and that was Isaac Redman.
 
“Even when I wasn't starting, coming into (last) season, there was some kind of nerves,” Isaac Redman admitted after he was given the news of his new role in the team. “We'll see what happens. Right now I'm just working in the weight room and getting my body together.”
 
The 6-foot 230-pound running back, Isaac Redman understands why he should remain humble in spite of his sudden promotion. Just around three years ago, Isaac Redman barely made it to the practice squad.
 
However, Isaac Redman has been improving ever since. Isaac Redman knows he is the first on the depth chart at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season, Isaac Redman had 121 yards on 17 carries. Later, Isaac Redman also caught two important balls in the playoff loss to the Denver Broncos. Isaac Redman understands that playing under pressure will be a new experience for him.
 
“When one guy is not here, another guy steps up,” Isaac Redman said. “That's Steelers football.”
 
Rashard Mendenhall admits he has a lot of respect for Isaac Redman.
 
“Isaac is a great player,” Rashard Mendenhall said. “The way he works and prepares and even coming from where he came from, being undrafted to where he is now.”
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