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Old 08-02-2010, 05:30 AM   #1
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Default Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

We all know how important Rashard Mendenhall can mean to our football team. He's a key ingredient in future success and I'm sure we will be riding his coattails a whole lot this season, esp the first 4-6. Reports from training camp aren't good. In as many fumbles as days, he has gotten the football ripped from his grasp twice while running with the ball.

He has security issue's before, esp early last season. We can't afford to put the ball on the ground, esp near the goal line. Anyone else worried or is this pre-season jitters?
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

I see this as a concern too. His pro numbers don't hint of a guy with fumble problems. But the way he carries the ball away from his body at times gives me the feeling he will cough it up more often.

It is good the defense is stripping balls ... I like hearing that. And maybe Mendenhall will work on his technique now in camp while it is fresh on the minds of his coaches.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

I think a lot of his problem was trying to do too much with limited opportunities. If we commit to the run this year maybe he won't feel the need to make something big happen with each touch. Maybe its wishful thinking, but I think he can be reliable. His upside potential is so good, I want to see him get the chances.
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

ray rice had less carries but had more fumbles.
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

Not more worried than I would be about any other back. Once other teams know he's prone to losing his grip, he's just going to have to adjust the way he carries the ball. Yes, easier said than done, but if he wants to keep his job and be successful, he's going to have to eliminate them. I live in MN, and as great as Adrian Peterson has been, there have been times that the coaches question if they should give him the ball in a tight spot for fear of losing the ball. Some great college backs never make it in the NFL because they can't hang on to the ball. Mendy must if he wants to stay on the Steelers! Not worried about him.
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

Well I am glad to see it happening in training camp so they can work on it before the regular season starts.
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Well I am glad to see it happening in training camp so they can work on it before the regular season starts.
Yes, its something we have to keep and eye on during preseason games
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

Here we go again. EXACTLY my concern. Mendenhall looking good, showing burst and puts the ball on the ground forcing us a 3rd and long. Come on now Mendy, your a pro, TUCK IT!
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

His biggest fumble issues have been in the preseason.

Its something to watch for, but at this point, Im not sweating it. Id rather him fumble now and get reemed than in the regular season.
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Default Re: Anyone else worried about Mendy putting it on the ground?

i wasn't worried before...but now that all of our RB's are dropping it I am!
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