A few notes from day two of OTA's ...
***** Following what is something of a trend in this OTA, add running back Issac Redman to a list that includes Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley as players who look noticeably svelter than they did during the 2012 season. Redman said that he's dropped 10 pounds while training with Ron Jones in Tampa.
“The goal was to get more explosive to get quicker, to get faster and to drop weight. After the season was over, I didn’t like the weight that I was at, so I started from day one. I’m starting to feel good, but I still want to drop a little more weight and get a little bit faster."
Echoing the lament of nearly every single adult in the United States, Redman said of his weight, “It’s so easy for it to come on, and its so hard to get it off ...” and added, "It just takes dedication and to eat healthy and eat right. The way I’m built, I’m not going to come in at 215. I’m hoping to come into camp around 228-230."
Redman said that he intends to resume training in Tampa once OTAs and mini-camp is over, and that he knows that this season is potentially a make-or-break one for him, not only with Pittsburgh but as a professional football player.
“I know this is my contract year. If it’s not here with the Steelers, I have to be realistic – I have to do well in order to continue my [career] in this league. I’m not playing around. We were 8-8. It was embarrassing not to make the playoffs. For the team and for my own career, I know I have to perform at a higher level this year."
***** Jonathan Dwyer said today he fully anticipated that the Steelers would draft a running back and welcomes the challenge of competing with second-round pick Le'Veon Bell.
"I knew it was going to happen – we needed depth. We lost two guys ... we basically had only three of us and the fullback. We needed some more guys in our room. I knew it was going to happen. I wasn’t surprised by it at all. I think its good to bring in more competition for us – whatever we can to make our room better."
Dwyer shares an agent with Bell and he said he met the rookie well before the draft and had nothing but good things to say about the Big Ten's leading rusher in 2012.
"I think he’s a great player. He’s done some great things at
***** LaMarr Woodley on James Harrison's departure: "It’s part of football. People come and go, but all you can do is work with who’s here. Jason Worilds has been here a long time and being that James and me was hurt these last two years he had a lot of opportunities to get some reps and now he’s going on to be a starter."
***** Woodley seemingly does not want to give top draft pick Jarvis Jones a big head, saying "I don’t know much about Jarvis – the few highlights I’ve seen of him in a game [was] during the draft. I don’t watch too much college football."
***** Finally, this pic below, spotted at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan by my uncle, Jeffrey Gigler, a civilian contractor on the base:
Stay safe, unc. Get home soon.