Rashard Mendenhall has looked great in camp.
“He’s done a super job preparing himself and I expect him to have a tremendous year,” said running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Wilson calls Mendenhall “a four-phase, all-phase running back.”
And Wilson went on. “This guy’s an outstanding blitz-pickup player. He’s outstanding as a route runner. He’s got very, very good hands as a receiver. His knowledge of the game and of this offense is superior. He’s a really focused football player, and obviously what he does for us from tackle to tackle, he’s a dynamic finisher. He is a complete football player and this guy’s got a bright, bright future ahead of him as long as he stays focused and as long as he continues to work hard the sky’s the limit for him. There’s nothing he can’t do.”
Mendenhall only caught 23 passes in 2010, which is why his value is higher in standard formats than in PPR leagues. But Wilson's words -- he's an "all-phase" running back -- may indicate that the Steelers intend to use him more on third down. Mewelde Moore vultured 26 catches last season in the third-down RB role and was re-signed.