As third-year QB Dennis Dixon gets a chance to start with Ben Roethlisberger out for the first four games of the season, second-year RB Isaac Redman gets his own opportunity to carve out a role, albeit a smaller one, in the Steelers' offense early in the season. Redman will be the club's short-yardage back, head coach Mike Tomlin said leading up to Week One. The 6-foot, 230-pound Redman's play on short-yardage downs bears watching; the Steelers' days of being a primarily power-running team have passed, but success in obvious running situations would be a boon for the offense, especially with Roethlisberger out. Adding another layer of intrigue is the team's unorthodox approach at fullback. As of Week One, David Johnson, who is also the third-string tight end, was the first-string fullback. Reserve 315-pound C Doug Legursky also can be used as a lead blocker.
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