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mesaSteeler
08-28-2009, 12:40 AM
Steelers Notebook: Mendenhall to get extended look
Friday, August 28, 2009
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Matt Freed/Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09240/993862-66.stm

Quarterback Dennis Dixon won't play tomorrow because of his injured shoulder, but he did toss the ball around yesterday at practice. The Steelers play their third preseason game against Buffalo at Heinz Field.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall will get a long look from the coaching staff tomorrow night in the Steelers' third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

Mendenhall, the Steelers' first-round draft choice last year and the backup to Willie Parker, likely will get the start because Parker has not practiced all week due to a hamstring injury. Mendenhall has carried the ball 14 times for 50 yards in the first two preseason games, but this will be his first opportunity for extended play with the first-team offensive line should Parker not play.

"We'd like to get an extended look at Rashard Mendenhall whether Willie plays or not," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We want to see him run similarly to how he ran in [Washington last week]. I thought he was very decisive, he ran downhill. I liked the way he finished runs. He ran violently. He's had a good preseason. We just ask that he continue to do more of the same."

Mendenhall's role when the regular season begins is still to be determined. Parker will be the starter and veteran Mewelde Moore is entrenched as the third-down back. If Mendenhall wants to make a case for getting more carries in the regular season, a strong performance against the Bills would help his cause.

"I feel like I'm game ready," Mendenhall said. "I played the whole first half in the first two games. I've been out there. Every opportunity you have, you look forward to building on it. I feel good right now going into the season.

"It's a complete 180 from last year. I'm sure in my reads and having a full knowledge of the playbook. You're able to react and not think at all. It's a whole different mindset."
And the goal-line back is ...

Undrafted rookie Isaac Redman made a name for himself early in training camp when he scored five times in seven attempts in a goal-line drill in practice, but Tomlin reiterated yesterday that he will have a hard time making the 53-man roster unless he demonstrates that he can do more than carry the ball into the end zone.

"A lot of times those roles are determined by other things," Tomlin said of which back will get the most carries near the goal line. "Is a guy good enough to make a 53-man roster? Is he capable of doing other things? A lot of times a guy that is a candidate gets an opportunity because he's a functional special teams player. That's not only what gets them on the team but gets them a game-day hat.

"Gary Russell was able to get an opportunity to be [the goal-line back] in the past because he was a reliable special teams player. ... I would imagine that if our goal-line runner is anyone other than Willie Parker or Rashard Mendenhall it will be because they're capable of doing other things. That's where we are with it."

Tomlin discussed the importance of being versatile with Redman before he addressed reporters yesterday. He said he was merely telling him what it will take for him to make the team.

"I'm not trying to motivate anyone through fear," Tomlin said. "I'm just trying to provide information. I provide similar information to guys like Frank Summers."

Summers, the Steelers' fifth-round draft pick out of UNLV, has been unable to practice much because of a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable for tomorrow's game.

Tomlin said Summers still has time to make an impression.

"It's not over yet," Tomlin said. "Everybody's story is left unwritten at this point. We have this game and then practice next week and then the Carolina game. I'm not ready to quantify a level of disappointment in regards to being able to look at him. He still has time."
Injury update

Tomlin declared three players out for tomorrow night's preseason game and listed five others as questionable. Quarterback Dennis Dixon (shoulder), tight end Sean McHugh (knee) and offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton (knee) will not play.

Those who are questionable include: kicker Jeff Reed (ankle), receiver Santonio Holmes (back), running backs Parker (hamstring) and Summers (hamstring) and defensive tackle Steve McLendon (elbow).

First published on August 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09240/993862-66.stm#ixzz0PRQuHiHG

steelreserve
08-28-2009, 02:37 AM
Well, I should f***ing hope he gets an extended look, considering the fact that the future of the backfield is in the balance.

Also, Summers, I hope you just sack up and play and have a great game. Because that's what it'll take.

mmalone
08-28-2009, 04:17 AM
It would be nice to see some quality passes to him in the flat also. we rarely see his catching ability... we know what parker can do. lets see mendy gets some nice passes.

mulldog24
08-28-2009, 08:21 AM
I just want to see our run game hit on all cylinders I don't care who carries the rock!!!! But I would also like to see what Mendy can do in an extended role catching the ball. Still though, it donesn't matter who is running the ball if the O-line isn't doing their job so I hope they do!!!!

wootawnee
08-28-2009, 02:45 PM
Pre season is pre season.......You gotta give him carries in the real stuff.....That is the way you really come out.......Tone caught passes and returned punts in the opener his rookie year......You gotta start somewhere.......

BKAnthem
08-28-2009, 03:59 PM
can't run if the line opens no holes...there was only 1 Barry Sanders

Sharkissle29
08-28-2009, 04:07 PM
does anyone have any video of mendy vs washington? id like to see it if someone can provide me a link

BlastFurnace
08-28-2009, 04:16 PM
The more he plays, the better he will be.

He's basically a rookie right now.

SteelMember
08-28-2009, 04:57 PM
I hope he has improved his "glide and suddenness" this week.

Oh, and his vision. Maybe he needs to visit SWEEEEEED's Dr. :nerd:

RoethlisBURGHer
08-28-2009, 05:02 PM
He needs an extended look. The Steelers need to get a good idea of what he can do for us this season behind Parker. We all know what Parker can give us, I want to know what the guy we spent a first round pick can do for us.

Galax Steeler
08-29-2009, 06:17 AM
I hope that Mendenhal can show what he really can do tonight against Washington. He has the talent he just needs some playing time and get some carries under his belt.

mmalone
08-29-2009, 07:36 AM
tonight is buffalo, but it is going to be exciting to see mendy get some good action.
he has the gift to be great, he just needs to take charge and do it. i really want to see him catch some balls in the game tonight.

get him the ball with some room and he will run over people.

Galax Steeler
08-29-2009, 09:30 AM
tonight is buffalo, but it is going to be exciting to see mendy get some good action.


I should have known that because I am going to be at the game my bad.:thumbsup:

Hotrodder07
08-29-2009, 12:57 PM
does anyone have any video of mendy vs washington? id like to see it if someone can provide me a link

Week 1 vs. Arizona:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zkUMBqThyw&feature=related

Week 2 vs. Washington:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIK5XiANVxM

Sharkissle29
08-29-2009, 01:25 PM
Week 1 vs. Arizona:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zkUMBqThyw&feature=related

Week 2 vs. Washington:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIK5XiANVxM

appreciate it.

he looks like he is running strong

Psyychoward86
08-29-2009, 02:41 PM
He's doing a number of good things, and he seems to lower his shoulder a bit more quickly than last year. But i just really want to see what happens when the O-line opens up some REAL holes for him against a better than average defense.

steeltheone
08-30-2009, 08:52 AM
Looks ok...But ok sucks for a numero uno draft pick.

tony hipchest
08-30-2009, 06:43 PM
i havent seen the game yet. how did mendenhalls "suddenness, lateral movement, and muscle fiber twitch look?

does he look like he needs more potassium? :banana:

Psyychoward86
08-30-2009, 07:00 PM
i havent seen the game yet. how did mendenhalls "suddenness, lateral movement, and muscle fiber twitch look?

does he look like he needs more potassium? :banana:

His overall burst, lateral movement, and downhill running all looked great last night, im surprised he only averaged like 3 yards a carry. I'm still worried about our rungame this year...I really wouldnt say we dominated this game. We only scored 17 points, 7 of which came on a pick 6. Maybe raping the panthers will ease my mind :popcorn:

El-Gonzo Jackson
08-31-2009, 08:49 AM
I thought Mendenhall looked really good in the game. He hit the holes that were there, caught the ball well out of the backfield and finished runs going forward.

Only a couple moments of indecision, but the problem was he had no holes a few times from a single back set and really not great lanes to run.

SteelMember
08-31-2009, 08:51 AM
I thought Mendenhall looked really good in the game. He hit the holes that were there, caught the ball well out of the backfield and finished runs going forward.

Only a couple moments of indecision, but the problem was he had no holes a few times from a single back set and really not great lanes to run.



I think there was better success middle and right, than going left over Starks/Kemo.