Breaking Down What a Healthy Rashard Mendenhall Adds to Steelers’ Offense

October 10, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers were very happy to welcome back a recovered Rashard Mendenhall to their backfield against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mendenhall, who helped key a victory in Sunday’s game, is likely to be a big part of the team’s offensive strategy moving forward.
Here’s a look at what a healthy Mendenhall brings to the Pittsburgh offense.
The Steelers showed in the preseason that they had plenty of versatility in their backfield. The problem is that versatility hasn’t necessarily shown up in each player. Each guy instead showed a specific skill set.
That’s a bit different than what Mendenhall brings. He’s a tough, physical runner that can gain yards up the middle when needed and go off tackle very effectively. He’s a good cutback runner, something the team lacks in the other backs.
Perhaps most importantly, Mendenhall can combine all of that with the ability to bounce outside or go into the...

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