From Ian Spare: What are your thoughts on the competition at running back and how are you preparing to win the competition?
Isaac Redman: Every year there is competition. Each year they bring in new guys at each position. You just have to be ready. I plan on coming in to training camp 10 pounds lighter and am working on getting faster. I have already worked with a speed coach and my goal is to get faster.
From Scott Tozzi: Can the Steelers effectively use you,
Isaac Redman: I believe so. We want to get back to running the football at a high level. Last year we fell short of that. Hopefully with the addition of Le’Veon we can get this show on the road.
From Sarah Lance: What were your overall thoughts on the running game last year? Were you disappointed with the productivity game in and game out?
Isaac Redman: I was disappointed individually, struggling with injuries. We had our spurts. We had a couple of games where we looked great and a couple where we looked awful. We need to be more consistent.
From Brian Longmire: Do you think the Steelers should implement more screen passes to running backs to slow down the pass rushers and keep
Isaac Redman: I can’t say what we should do as far as the offense, but we have implemented the running backs into the passing game a lot more under Coach (Todd) Haley.
From Jared Lewis: Will a healthy offensive line be the difference maker for the ground game?
Isaac Redman: I think so. Last year the offensive line was banged up, the running backs were banged up. When your running backs and offensive line is banged up it’s not a good recipe for the running game.
From Albert Carmichael: Coming off a disappointing season for the entire team last year, have you changed anything in your approach to help ensure this season is better?
Isaac Redman: I have started training and working out months ahead of schedule. I am on a strict diet. I am looking forward to coming in 10 to 15 pounds lighter. I am trying to do my part to help the team get over the hump.
From Cass Centell: Who was you favorite football team growing up?
Isaac Redman: The Philadelphia Eagles.
From Jess Norris: Who has had the biggest impact on your football career?
Isaac Redman: I would have to say Kirby Wilson. When I got here I was like a deer in headlights. I didn’t know right from left. He didn’t make it easy on me, he stayed on me hard. They say when the coach is on you there is a reason, when he doesn’t pay attention to you that isn’t good. He stayed on me. Now I am a veteran, a leader in the room, I know my plays and I owe it all to him. He helped me be the player I am today.
From Scott Connolly: What team do you think will present the biggest challenge to the Steelers this year?
Isaac Redman: All of them will be a challenge. The Ravens are defending Super Bowl champions and we are looking to get that seventh trophy, so they are a team everyone looks at a little more.
From Kevin Glase: How old were you when you first started playing football and would you encourage young kids to play the game?
Isaac Redman: I started playing when I was five years old. I have been playing for 22 years now. I would encourage my son to play that young. He is going to be out there as soon as possible.