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    Tim Hightower

    I am not usually one of those "Claim we should sign every single free agent that gets cut" and I find those dudes kind of annoying, always saying we should pick up every free agent ever mentioned, even when they are obviously not a fit. Like, "Let's sign TO" when Pgh is the most anti-TO type of team of all time.

    But, in this case, I SEE a fit. Skins just cut Hightower. He's a decent, pretty solid back. We are thin at back, being that we have NO ONE healthy who has EVER proven they can play a full load week to week. As discussed, ad nauseum, Redman is a weekly injury waiting to happen, and JD seems to "tap out" very quickly up to this point. That leaves us with a 3rd down back with Rainey, and a total unproven Batch. Hightower would be excellent insurance at running back. No, he is not a future hall of famer, but he is solid. He will never be a top 5 or 10 back, but he would do plenty good enough if we needed him, and he is pretty proven to stay healthy from what I recall.

    Pick up Hightower. He would come cheap. Other wise, if we rely on IR and JD only, we could be in deep trouble. I love JD's skill, but I admit he is unproven, as far as being able to touch the rock 25 times a game. I have no idea if he will hold up. I know Hightower can. He runs pretty hard and has some quicks to him. A lot more than IR, any how.

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    Mendenhall is going to be in the mix sooner rather than later. If the team foresaw that he would be out for another 6 week, then he would still be on PUP but he's not...he was actually in uniform last night. I expect Mendenhall to return at some point in September, at which point our depth at RB suddenly looks pretty solid overall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Mendenhall is going to be in the mix sooner rather than later. If the team foresaw that he would be out for another 6 week, then he would still be on PUP but he's not...he was actually in uniform last night. I expect Mendenhall to return at some point in September, at which point our depth at RB suddenly looks pretty solid overall.
    I would be fairly surprised if RM was productive by Sept. That seems pretty quick to recover from an ACL. Maybe there have been advances in technology or something. RM ran like a wussy before his injury. What can we expect of him after a serious knee injury? Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, but I have a hard time believing RM will be productive so soon.

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    Dale Lolley thinks that Dwyer may get the start in Denver, giving 3rd down and short yardage roles to Redman...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    Dale Lolley thinks that Dwyer may get the start in Denver, giving 3rd down and short yardage roles to Redman...
    Then we have a chance. Still don't know if we can pull off a W, but if JD gets enough touches, we have a shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydroid View Post
    Then we have a chance. Still don't know if we can pull off a W, but if JD gets enough touches, we have a shot
    Redman tore them up for 120 yards...

    If the Steelers play defense, we have a shot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    Dale Lolley thinks that Dwyer may get the start in Denver, giving 3rd down and short yardage roles to Redman...
    Dwyer earned it and is the more complete RB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Dwyer earned it and is the more complete RB
    earned it how?

    redman has shown what he can do in the regular season and playoffs, not just against camp fodder or vets going half ass in pre season

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Dwyer earned it and is the more complete RB
    TBH, neither has shown the urgency that you wish you'd see from two young backs given the opportunity to land a job. Dwyer has done some good things, no doubt. But frankly, both have disappointed (what with getting hurt, missing time, etc.) in terms of showing how much they want the job. If I go strictly by this preseason, I'd say Dwyer showed more urgency. But he hasn't exactly shown an Emmitt Smith-like drive. Redman is/was my favorite coming in, and I'd lean still in his favor just because that. But he's let me down this preseason with his apparent laissez-faire attitude (to the starting position).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydroid View Post
    I would be fairly surprised if RM was productive by Sept. That seems pretty quick to recover from an ACL. Maybe there have been advances in technology or something. RM ran like a wussy before his injury. What can we expect of him after a serious knee injury? Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, but I have a hard time believing RM will be productive so soon.
    Adrian Peterson tore his ACL a week before Mendenhall (Mendenhall's injury was on New Year's Day, and Peterson's injury was on Christmas Eve). Right now, Peterson is 50-50 to start week one. Judging by the fact that Mendenhall was in uniform last night, I figure that Mendenhall isn't too far behind Peterson in terms of their rehab.

    As for Mendenhall running like a "wussy" and Dwyer being the best RB we have...you do realize that Mendenhall has nearly 4000 yards of total offense and 30 touchdowns on his resume, right? Dwyer's has 151 rushing yards in his entire career, while Mendenhall has 3 single games with at least that many rushing yards (151 against Buffalo on 11-28-10, 155 against Denver on 11-9-09, and 165 against San Diego on 10-4-09).


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