Not only did rookie running back Le’Veon Bell make news today, but so did Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman. The two running backs split carries last season while Rashard Mendenhall was injured off and on last season and neither impressed the Steelers.
Dwyer carried the ball in 13 games last season on 156 attempts for 623 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dwyer led the team in rushing but was not impressive enough to win a starting job with the Steelers. In the last three games of the season, Dwyer ran the ball for a combined 34 times for just 113 yards and a touchdown. An average of just over 37 yards in the last three games of the season. The Steelers went on to lose two of those final three games.
Redman appeared in 14 games as he ran the ball 110 times for 410 yards and 2 touchdowns. Redman, like Dwyer and Mendenhall, was battling injuries all year and was not very productive neither.
Both running backs lost an opportunity to be a starter and they expressed how they felt and what the upcoming season will be like in a few comments.
“It was tough, I felt like it was my year to show I could be a No. 1 running back.” Redman Said. “There’s going to be a heated competition in training camp,” Redman said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
“I think this year it’s up to me,” Dwyer said. “It’s my job to lose, and I’m going to do everything that I can to fortify myself here.”