Mendenhall may make his debut in Week Five


It’s unknown whether the Steelers will have safety Troy Polamalu or linebacker James Harrison after the team’s Week Four bye.  According to Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it’s looking more likely that the Steelers will have running back Rashard Mendenhall when the Eagles come to town.

I’m really just waiting on my opportunity,” Mendenhall said. “I just want to continue to work and, as we as an offense sort of form ourselves and bring the pieces together, I want to bring whatever piece I bring.”

Without Mendenhall, who tore an ACL in January, the Steelers running game has been in many small pieces; they have the third-worst running attack in the league.

“[T]o get another difference-maker back will, hopefully, will be a big deal for us,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.

Under Haley, it was believed the Steelers would run the ball more.  They haven’t.  But that may have something to do with the lack of guys who can move the chains.  Mendenhall, who’s in the final year of his rookie contract, can — and possibly will.

We’ll find out when the Steelers host the 3-1 Eagles on Sunday, which should be one of the better games of the day.

6 responses to “Mendenhall may make his debut in Week Five

  1. Naturally, I hope we get Mendy back and ready to rock. But as a realist, our OL is not opening running lanes — backs are getting hit a step or two after the handoff. Opposing line penetration is very evident.

    At least our OL is protecting Ben better, but my hope coming into this year was that Gilbert would be solid with his first off-season to develop.

    Also, we wanted to see DeCastro and Adams kick tail, but DeCastro got hurt and Adams has a lot work to do. And Starks is coming off a blown ACL.

    In addition, Colon was supposed to be a road-grader at his “natural position” of OG, but my breakdowns of tape showing him struggling in that regard, particularly in pulling.

    It’s early, and DeCastro may come back. But our running problems start with the line.

    Last point: no player has the same explosion so soon after smoking an ACL. Remember, Mendy cooked his ACL in 2012. Even Adrian Peterson, a freak of nature if there ever was one, is playing well — but still not with the explosion he had pre-ACL injury yet. I would temper expectations here a bit.

  2. Don’t really matter who’s running the ball with that line. They get no push what so ever,any yards made is completely on the RBs.

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