With Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall likely out a couple more months while recovering from offseason knee surgery, and not very much in the way of experience behind him, Isaac Redman is going to be responsible for the majority of the yards in the running game. Apparently, it’s not going to stop there for Redman: He is going to be the Steelers’ top third-down back as well.
“Absolutely,” running back coach Kirby Wilson said.
But Wilson must not have gotten around to telling Redman.
“Kirb said that?” Redman said. “It’s news to me, but I have always done well there.”
Redman was on the field for the majority of the Steelers’ third downs last year. He doubled the third-down snaps of Mewelde Moore, who is now in Indianapolis. Redman had 13 carries for 52 yards and seven catches on third down last year, but his biggest accomplishments came on third-and-short. He converted 10 of 11 into first downs, including his first 10.
Redman is shaping up to have a big workload, but Mendenhall could return midseason and put a damper on Redman's value.