Steelers name Isaac Redman their starting RB

Steelers name Isaac Redman their starting running back

9/3/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked to have put an end to their running back carousel when they drafted Le'Veon Bell back in April, but a preseason injury to Bell has reignited confusion in the backfield. Bell's injury left the Steelers with Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, and LaRod Stephens-Howling at running back, and the team then added Felix Jones in a trade. For a while, which of those running backs would get the bulk of the work remained a mystery.

November 4, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) runs during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsOn Tuesday, we finally got confirmation of who will lead the backfield in Pittsburgh. Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that it will be Redman who starts for the Steelers in their Week 1 matchup with the Tennessee Titans. He added that he will "obviously" mix in Stephens-Howling and Jones (Dwyer was released on Saturday), so Redman will not be getting a full, feature back type workload. The two backups will likely factor in heavily in passing situations.

Redman had plenty of chances to prove himself a viable starting option last year, but consistently failed to do so. He made five starts and racked up 110 carries, but finished the year with only 410 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

A pedestrian talent running behind a subpar offensive line, don't expect much production out of Redman. He is a low-end flex play in fantasy leagues, and you should try to avoid him if possible. If you drafted Bell and need to play a Steelers running back, however, Redman is the guy to plug in.

The Steelers will probably continue to struggle in the running game until Bell returns. Fortunately, nothing but good news has surfaced since the scary reports of Bell's foot sprain, and he is tentatively targeting a Week 2 return.
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