If the NFL seasons started today, the Arizona Cardinals would be trotting out Rashard Mendenhall at starting runningback. Mendenhall is still a young back. He was slowed by a knee injury with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he still should have some good years left in those legs.
From Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, via NFL.com
“Rashard is just 25 years old (he turns 26 on Wednesday),” Arians said. “He took me personally to a Super Bowl, and I know what he can bring to the table as a runner and a pass protector and also a receiver. He’s an every-down player. And I think he’s looking forward to having an outstanding season.”
Arians believes in Mendy. Last season he only played in 6 games and racked up 182 yards on the ground and no touchdowns. He was suspended by the Pittsburgh Steelers because he refused to show up to the game after he was listed on the inactive roster.
Mendenhall used to be a productive back. He should be fully healed from his injury now and could make a nice impact for the Cardinals offense.
RB Ryan Williams was selected by the Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft and will likely take the change of pace role.