Rashard Mendenhall Fantasy News
Rashard Mendenhall "clearly" team's RB1
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:05am
Given the one-year deal, the Cardinals (and other teams) may not feel that Mendenhall is completely healthy and want to limit their risk. The deal allows Mendenhall to prove himself and potentially cash in next summer. He will vie with Ryan Williams for touches in the Arizona backfield, but appears to have the inside track to be the team's RB1.
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Arians: Rashard Mendenhall is "a legitimate big-time threat"
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 3:13pm
“He’s a legitimate big-time threat every time he touches the ball,” Arians, the Steelers former offensive coordinator, said this morning at the NFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. “He’s a big back who never has to come out of the game. He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet.”
It certainly sounds as if Arians plans to start Mendenhall over Ryan Williams, but we'll know more once we get deeper into summer.
Arians: Mendenhall is an "every-down back"
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:31am
“As a running back he’s the total package,” Arians said in a release by the team. “He’s a big, strong, every-down back with speed who can pass block and also catch the ball. I’ve said before: he’s a big man with little-people feet, meaning he can run like he’s 180 (pounds) but also pound the ball like he’s 230.”
Cardinals sign Rashard Mendenhall to one-year deal
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 2:07pm
Mendenhall was slowed last season by injuries. He tore the ACL in his right knee in Week 17 of the 2011 season and didn't return until Oct. 4 of last season. His return didn't last long, though, as he strained his right Achilles four days later.
The 25-year-old running back has rushed for 3,549 yards and 29 touchdowns in 57 career games.
It's interesting that the deal is only for one year, but the Cardinals (and other teams) may not feel that Mendenhall is completely healthy and want to limit their risk. The deal allows him to prove himself and potentially cash in next summer. He will vie with Ryan Williams for touches in the Arizona backfield. Until the depth chart shakes out, we won't know who is the better fantasy bet for 2013.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:41pm
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 12:29pm
“The season [Rashard Mendenhall] had was not what we would have hoped for,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II when asked for his assessment. “Obviously, we knew he was coming back from an injury so there were some unknowns there. So, without getting into the real specifics with Rashard, it’s fair to say that we are going to need a better performance out of the running back position if we’re going to be successful, Whether it’s Rashard or [Jonathan Dwyer] or [Isaac Redman] or somebody else, we have to be better at that position, as well as others, but certainly at that position. In this offseason that’s something we’ve got to look at and decide how we get better and who we get better with.”
Steelers waive Chris Rainey
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 3:38pm
"Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers."
Rashard Mendenhall is a free agent and may not return, so the Pittsburgh backfield may look very different in 2013.
Jonathan Dwyer still Steelers starting RB
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 1:25pm
With Dwyer unimpressive the last few weeks as the starter, it's entirely possible the team looks to Mendenhall, at some point, down the stretch. For now, Dwyer gets the start again. The Steelers host the Bengals this week, and in this tough matchup, Dwyer likely won't be ranked better than a low-end RB2 option.
Monday, December 17, 2012, 5:29pm
Tomlin said before Week 14 that Mendenhall would get his chance again at some point. With Jonathan Dwyer not necessarily taking hold of the position with his performance, don't be surprised if Mendy does get that chance.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7:38pm
Mendenhall had been deactivated for the last two games and a source is saying Mendenhall's suspension was because he failed to show up to the game last week. Mendenhall will be a free agent in 2013. Needless to say, he's dropable if you were still holding out hope.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 8:31pm
Steeler coach offered this about his RB situation:
“We don’t intend on doing anything differently in terms of Jonathan (Dwyer) being the guy and of course, (Isaac Redman) supplementing him because Red is capable of distinguishing himself in situational football, short yardage,” said Tomlin. “He’s a good blitz-pickup guy."
Tomlin said Rashard Mendenhall would get a chance again, at some point, but it doesn't look like it's happening this week. Dwyer is the only back worth fantasy consideration the way things stand right now.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 1:26pm
Rashard Mendenhall inactive for Steelers
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3:02pm
Jonathan Dwyer to start for Steelers
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 12:29pm
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin still isn’t done shuffling the Steelers’ running backs.
Jonathan Dwyer, one of four backs who were benched only to be reinserted during a fumble-filled loss in Cleveland, will start Sunday in Baltimore and get the majority of the work, Tomlin said Tuesday.
Dwyer ran for 122 yards against the Bengals and 107 yards against the Redskins, but a quad strain kept him out the following week as Redman ran for 147 yards against the Giants. In the three games since, no back has gained more than the 56 yards Dwyer produced against the Chiefs.
“He’s been consistently the most productive guy,” Tomlin said of Dwyer, who has a team-leading 429 yards and a 4.4 average per carry. “I think we’ve got a large enough body of work to be able to identify that at this point. ... Over the course of the last several weeks, it’s obvious that he, one, is healthy and, two, is the most productive of the group.”
Rashard Mendenhall has been demoted to third string behind Isaac Redman. It certainly sounds like Dwyer will be the lead back against the Ravens on Sunday. His effectiveness will depend on whether or not Baltimore respects the Steelers' passing game. That won't be the case with Charlie Batch under center.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:58pm
Looks like Tomlin is getting serious and trying to get the players attention after a sloppy loss to the Browns. Rashard Mendenhall is listed third on the depth chart at RB and now Wallace may find himself on the second team depending how things shake out. It looks like Antonio Brown, who is scheduled to return this week, is the other WR starter. As we've said all along, no one in the Steelers passing game is a good play if Charlie Batch is the starter at QB. Ben Roethlisberger is listed as having a 50/50 shot of playing in a must-win game against the Ravens.