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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    I actually think the developing screen game is where we may miss DeCastro the most with his mobility and athleticism. This is one area that may help Mendy earn a new contract with the Steelers because he has the hands, the speed and the moves in space. He may be able to rip off some big plays the rest of the way.
    Uh oh. Now we're going to agree in 2 threads.

    Yeah, just think of Pouncey and DeCastro leading a screen. That is a lot of athleticism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    I won't argue that at all.

    that has always been Fosters biggest weakness. He struggles in space and lumbers. If he could pull like DD, he would go to the pro bowl.

    considering how the other backs performed, mendy will get a reasonable offer from the steelers if he plays well. His agent has to be happy.
    He's not the answer. A rookie would be far cheaper, with a higher upside. RM never lived up to his "potential" and it is unlikely he ever will. Just too soft. When you watch other runners rock it, they have something he doesn't. Yea, he is better than what we have right now, but that's not saying much (even though I had high hopes for JD, which didn't come to fruition.) I would honestly take.....

    Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew, C.J. Spiller, Adrian Peterson, Gore, Willis McGahee, Ray Rice, Michael Turner, Doug Martin, DeMarco Murray, Cedric Benson, Trent Richardson, Darren McFadden, Andre Brown, Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson, Michael Bush, DeAngelo Williams, Jackie Battle, Matt Forte, Pierre Thomas and the like before RM, and lots of those guys were 2nd round picks or later. A 2nd-round pick will be a lot cheaper than re-signing RM.

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    your opinion on the steelers RB situation is laughable.

    quit while you are behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    your opinion on the steelers RB situation is laughable.

    quit while you are behind.
    Your hunt and peck struggle with a keyboard is far more hilarious. If you have a specific difference of opinion, attempt to express it. Well, that could be asking too much. Just go on drinking your Iron City and slobbering. You can handle that.

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    October 6, 2012
    By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Mendenhall confident

    It might not have seemed like a significant moment when running back Rashard Mendenhall participated in both indoor practices last week during the off week. After all, he had been practicing almost on a daily basis with the Steelers for more than a month while he continued his recovery and rehabilitation from anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his right knee.

    But, when he did, it was one of the final steps the coaches needed to see before they proclaimed him ready -- physically and mentally -- to return to the lineup.

    The reason?

    Mendenhall had no trepidation about practicing both days on the indoor facility's artificial turf -- a surface that tends to generate more stress and pounding on the knee. That convinced the coaches, who knew he was physically ready, that he was mentally ready, as well.

    Mendenhall will make his return against the Eagles, his first game since he tore the ACL on New Year's Day in Cleveland.,

    "That's just part of it," Mendenhall said about practicing. "Each day is a unique day. That was one of those days where it feels good and continues to feel good.

    "For me, I've been taking steps accordingly, so I feel confident in everything I've been able to do. And the next step is getting out there, and I'm confident in that. The game will kind of tell its own tale."

    The return of Mendenhall, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher, comes at a good time.

    The Steelers have struggled in the running game, ranking 31st in the league and averaging just 65 yards rushing in three games. Worse, Mendenhall's replacements, Isaac Redman and Joanthan Dwyer, have averaged just 2.4 yards per carry and don't have a run longer than 13 yards.

    That has been one of Mendenhall's signatures. In the past three seasons, he has had 23 runs of 20 yards or longer, including 11 in 2010.

    "I thought he has looked good for a couple of weeks," said offensive coordinator Todd Haley. "You could tell he was gaining confidence and moving around pretty well. Like I said from the start, he is a heck of a football player. He is a difference-maker. The more of those you can have on the field, the better."

    "It's awesome, man," center Maurkice Pouncey said. "He's a great back. He has speed and explosion. It gives us another force back there to go with the backs we already have."

    The Steelers will waste little finding out about Mendenhall because he is expected to start against the Eagles.

    Still, he likely will be rotated with the other backs Haley has employed in the first three games, at least for now.

    "He will give us pretty good feedback through his actions, with how he is doing," Haley said.

    "We will see how it goes."

    Either way, Mendenhall is ready for his return, physically and mentally.

    "There are little things to stepping back out here, from making certain cuts to getting in the game to getting hit on [the knee]," Mendenhall said. "It's just a progression that I'm preparing myself for.

    "Periodically, there are different cuts, different movements -- making a jump cut where you weren't even thinking about it -- things like that are just steps toward being able to do everything you're asked to do as a running back."


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    Quote Originally Posted by buccoray61 View Post
    I agree Mendy was always under used in the passing game. I hope people don'e expect too much from right at first.He's coming back from a serious injury rather quickly,and on top of that I imagine he'll be rather rusty.
    True that Mendy is coming back from a serious injury, but I think if all accounts are accurate, he's coming back with fresh legs. Probably could have played some three weeks ago, but Steelers' brass rightly chose to go on the side of caution. As far as rustiness, shouldn't be as much of an issue for a RB as for a QB or WRs.

    I'm not expecting too much, not because I don't think Mendy will be up to par, but because I think the Steelers' run blocking sucks so badly. Unless the OL can make a sudden vast improvement, Haley will have to go away from the run early on in order to stay in the game.


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