The Pittsburgh Steelers have cut ties with running back Isaac Redman.
Earlier this season the Steelers chose to let running back Jonathan Dwyer go only to bring him back after LaRod Stephens-Howling tore his ACL in game one of the regular season. There’s was a lot questions out there when the Steelers let Dwyer go when Redman was just as suitable to let go. It appeared to be contract issues with Dwyer but there was a lot of similarities between the two backs and no clear answer was really given as to why it was Dwyer they let go.
But now Redman finds himself out of a job. The Steelers rookie Le’Veon Bell is picking up steam and fast. Bell rushed for 96 yards against the Raven, the best rushing game for the Steelers all season. Along with Bell, Felix Jones continues to be used on kick returns and trickles his way into the offene as well. Dwyer isn’t as popular as the other two but pops up occasionally.
It’s no surprise Redman was cut. Redman saw action early this season while he also suffered a concussion in week two. Redman hasn’t seen the field in forever so the Steelers decided it was time for him to go. Redman spent four years in Pittsburgh and contributed some significant help through the years.
If I’m Redman I’m not ruling myself out of ever playing in Pittsburgh again. You saw what happened with Dwyer, the Steelers are one running back injury away from bringing him right on back.
The Steelers are looking to continue their success on the ground. Bell is proving to be the answer when it comes to a backfield that’s been nothing but a mess. An interesting note was that the Steelers used Bell in a rare Wild Cat formation. Bell took the snap and ran the bull, the play actually worked for the Steelers on several occasion. The Wild Cat formation was never something the Steelers implemented into their system but after some success against Baltimore I’d expect to see it used against Oakland.
Hopefully the Steelers don’t need to backtrack and bring Redman back after this release. Bell is the go-to-guy in the backfield and the Steelers will look to Bell to carry the load the rest of the season.