Rashard Mendenhallís future in Pittsburgh doesnít look too bright
Posted by Josh Alper on January 25, 2013
When Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert promised changes to the team in his season-ending press conference, many people pointed to the running back spot as an area likely to look different next season.
Injuries and inconsistency helped the Steelers to their fewest rushing yards since 2003, which was also a year that ended without a playoff spot for Pittsburgh. Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall all had turns in the starting lineup and none of them proved up to the task of holding the job for more than a few games at a time. Mendenhall is a free agent after the season and team president Art Rooney IIís comments to the team website donít paint a picture of a 2013 featuring Mendenhall in the lineup.
ďThe season Rashard had was not what we would have hoped for,Ē Rooney said. ďObviously, we knew he was coming back from an injury so there were some unknowns there. So, without getting into the real specifics with Rashard, itís fair to say that we are going to need a better performance out of the running back position if weíre going to be successful, Whether itís Rashard or Jonathan or Isaac or somebody else, we have to be better at that position, as well as others, but certainly at that position. In this offseason thatís something weíve got to look at and decide how we get better and who we get better with.Ē
The website goes on to say that Mendenhall ďseemed to cross the RubiconĒ by not showing up for the teamís game against the Chargers this season, a decision that earned him a one-game suspension from the team. The teamís going to find someone to be the lead dog in the backfield next season, but it looks like a safe bet that said personís name will not be Mendenhall.
Mike Gillislee...that is all..
Actually, combine Mike Gillislee with Texan RB Justin Forsett, add Redman & Dwyer, and you cover most needs at RB- speed, power, pass catching ability, pass blocking ability.
Originally Posted by Chadman
If the Steelers are going to do RB by committee, make sure he committee can cover all the needs without overspending in any 1 area.
Marcus Lattimore hopeful injuries won't jeopardize NFL career
Feb. 23, 2013
His last two college seasons were wiped out by devastating knee injuries, but South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore maintained an optimistic tone about his future while speaking to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Friday.
"It's a blessing to be here," Lattimore said. "I just think about guys who are less fortunate than me, guys who would kill to be in my shoes right now, even with the injury. That's what keeps me going, that's what keeps me motivated."
Dr. James Andrews, Lattimore's orthopedic surgeon, says the running back is making progress in his recovery, but stressed that Lattimore has a lot of work ahead of him.
"He's motivated, working every day, he's way ahead of the game," Andrews told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, "but it remains to be seen whether he can play next year or not.
"The nature of his injury is the most severe knee injury you can really get. It's going to take a special effort (from him to recover)."
Lattimore is considered one of the biggest question marks of the 2013 NFL Draft. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament during his sophomore year at South Carolina before tearing three ligaments in his right knee last year. As a result, his draft-day stock has taken a significant hit.
Still, Lattimore isn't thinking about where he might play in 2013.
"At this point, it really doesn't matter where I get drafted because I'm going to work hard and do what I've been doing my whole career," he said. "And if I get a chance to play this year, I'm going to make the most out of it, and I feel I will."
Lattimore expressed hope that his two knee injuries will not compromise a future NFL career. After seeing the MVP-caliber season Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pieced together in 2012 coming off of ACL surgery, Lattimore is confident he can play in the NFL.
"There will never be another Adrian Peterson," Lattimore said, "but that definitely gives me a lot of motivation knowing he came back from it, the way he did, he came back better. And that's what I plan on doing -- just coming back better. Seeing him do what he did this year, I think about that all of the time."
Le'veon Bell and Warmack could instantly improve our rushing attack, add TE Eifert and we're good to go.