Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 4:50pm
Redman began training camp expecting to compete for the starting job but struggled to stay healthy.
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:02pm
The Steelers say Bell has progressed faster than they thought, according to Glazer. It's amazing how that can happen when you're 0-3 with not much of a running game - Bell was originally planning to play Week 6 after a Week 5 bye. Don't be surprised if Bell gets a lot of the workload, but it's also likely Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer see time as well against the Vikings, with the likely scenario being Isaac Redman is inactive, according to other reports. Bell could be a RB3 option when our rankings come out Wednesday. Keep in mind it's a struggling offensive line, but he does have long term value and will likely get a lot of work going forward as long as he can stay healthy. It could be the shot in the arm the Steelers need.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin did not find many positives from the game, but he singled out running back Felix Jones, who had 37 yards on 10 carries and played 36 of the team's 58 offensive snaps. The Steelers ran for just 44 yards and 75 yards through two games.
"The running game was below the line," he said. "But I was encouraged by Felix Jones and what he'll be able to do moving forward. He knew when to bounce it and when to put his foot in the ground and get vertical. There were some things we can build upon."
Jones is a decent waiver add for owners desperate for bodies at RB. He has a career 4.8 YPC, but was a woeful 3.6 YPC with the Cowboys in 2012. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are in the mix, but Redman has been unimpressive and the team chose Jones over Dwyer at the final roster cutdown.
The veteran running back apparently was right.
Redman will start at running back Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals despite fumbling twice and rushing for just nine yards on eight carries in Pittsburgh's 16-9 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans.
"Obviously he played a bad game," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "He'll be given an opportunity to redeem himself."
Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:22am
The Steelers RB situation isn't good and it shows how desperate they are bring back Dwyer after cutting him just over a week ago. La'Rod Stephens-Howling is done for the year and both Isaac Redman and Felix Jones struggled in various aspects in Week 1. Dwyer could see time in Week 2 at Cincy, but it also looks like a situation to stay away from, on top of it being a tough matchup.
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 10:14pm
Says, "He's answered the bell for us before and we expect him to do it in a big way."
This goes against what some beat writers said about Felix Jones getting the start. But either way, Jones will likely factor in the game plan as well after making a good impression in a short amount of time. LaRod Stephens-Howling looks like he'll play on third down. Redman will likely be a bit of a risk to start as anything better than a flex until we see how this situation shakes out.
It's a bit of a surprise after the team kept Isaac Redman over Jonathan Dwyer. Jones made a quick impression on the Steelers, and even if he starts, Redman should still figure into the game plan. But it does seem like Jones will as well, and this looks like a true committee situation - along with LaRod Stephens-Howling probably playing on third downs.
It would make sense for Redman and Jones to share the bulk of the carries from scrimmage, while Stephens-Howling is used in situations that take advantage of his quickness and receiving ability. Too much pounding on his 5-foot-7 body ultimately would limit his effectiveness over the course of a 17-week season.
The workload division does make sense. Unfortunately it means not a lot of fantasy value for any of the three right now. Redman could get an edge due to possible goal line work. But, it seems like the team can't wait to turn things over to LeVeon Bell when he gets back...
The Steelers released Jonathan Dwyer Saturday, eight days after they traded for former Cowboys first-rounder-turned-castoff Felix Jones. Pittsburgh gave Jones plenty of work in the final two preseason games and apparently he did enough to earn a roster spot -- at Dwyer's expense.
Dwyer, the former sixth-round pick of of Georgia Tech, arrived at training camp 20 pounds lighter, and looked impressive during the preseason. But the Steelers drafted Le'Veon Bell in the second round of the April draft, and even though he's sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a mid-foot sprain, coach Mike Tomlin felt good enough about Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howlingand Felix Jones to move forward without Dwyer.
This is a somewhat surprising move considering Bell is still on the shelf, but the team apparently tired of Dwyer's attitude and liked Jones enough to make the move. This might also bode well for Bell, who is already out of his walking boot.
Redman (stinger) will sit out third straight preseason game. HC Mike Tomlin plans to look at Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Felix Jones. He added that the team knows what it will get from Redman and he wanted to look at the other backs. Redman likely won't carry a full load and this could be another committee situation until Bell is back.
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 8:31pm
Steelers RB Isaac Redman moved ahead of Jonathan Dwyer on the depth chart, in part, because Dwyer reported for spring practices weighing an estimated 260 pounds. He is down about 25 pounds after HC Mike Tomlin expressed considerable disappointment with his conditioning.
Dwyer is the team's leading rusher with 83 yards on 20 carries in two preseason games, including 68 yards against the Redskins.
Dwyer looked pretty shifty on Monday night while Redman sat out with a stinger. It remains to be seen how the team will split up the touches while Le'Veon Bell is sidelined. This could devolve into an ugly RBBC.
Steelers believe Le'Veon Bell has Lisfranc injury. They are hoping will not require surgery but won't be sure until he gets it double checked.
Adam Schefter added: "Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be out six weeks with a Lisfranc injury."
Ouch. This is very bad news for Bell owners. Six weeks doesn't completely kill his value, and depending on the discount, he may be worth a later pick. Isaac Redman was running ahead of Jonathan Dwyer for most of camp, but Dwyer looked good on Monday night while Redman sat out with a stinger. This could devolve into a RBBC with Dwyer, Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling in on third downs. Dwyer and Redman are only worth late-round fliers until we get more clarity on the pecking order. We've moved Bell down to #49 in standard formats, but will revisit his projection as more information becomes available.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell didn’t last long in his first NFL game before heading to the trainers. Bell carried the ball four times on the Steelers first offensive drive, but Jonathan Dwyer was on the field with the offense for the Steelers second possession.
Bell, meanwhile, was on the bench getting looked at by trainers. The Steelers announced that Bell was done for the night because of a right foot injury a short time later, ending his first NFL game action almost as quickly as it started.
The injury is being called a mid-foot sprain by the Steelers, which of course opens the door to Lisfranc. Bell missed the first preseason game because of a left knee injury and then was in and out of practice last week for the same reason. If Bell, who was running a lot with the first team, was to miss time, Dywer and Isaac Redman move up on the depth chart as well as LaRod Stephens-Howling. At this point, all indications are that Redman is ahead of Dwyer, but Dwyer looked pretty good last night (68 yards on 14 carries), while Redman (stinger) was held out.
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