The Steelers running back situation heading into Week One looks different than most people imagined at the start of training camp.
Second-round pick Le’Veon Bell is out with a foot injury and Jonathan Dwyer has been released while Felix Jones has a spot on the roster after being acquired in a trade with the Eagles. On Monday, Bell said that he hopes to be ready to play in the second week of the season. That would be a much quicker return to action than originally anticipated, although one currently healthy member of the running back corps hopes he’ll be able to convince the Steelers to let him keep the job.
Scott Brown of ESPN.com reports that Isaac Redman said Monday that he’d be the starter against the Titans. Redman said that he’s planning on performing well enough to keep the team’s coaches from “wanting to put in anyone else” during the opener or later on down the road.
It’s the only attitude for a player in Redman’s position to have, but he’ll need to perform far better than he has at any point in his career to turn his hope into reality. Bell was picked in the second round because the Steelers didn’t want to move forward with Redman and Dwyer as their backs, something they confirmed by releasing Dwyer even though Bell is out of action.