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Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby thesteelhammer » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:28 pm

Ouch! :oops:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors;_ylt=ArZ3yENPTZsnIq8MrxI7i61DubYF

The first week of his first NFL training camp ended with a thud for Rashard Mendenhall. The glitzy, high-profile rookie, the first running back drafted in the first round by the Steelers in 19 years, received his welcome-to-the-NFL moment yesterday afternoon before family and friends.

There were several moments, actually. The first two came when the first-team Steelers defense stuffed Mendenhall on the initial live goal-line drill of training camp, with the offense snapping the ball just inside the 2. The third came when he was stopped short again on the seventh and final play. And the last, before the team was given the rest of the night off on Family Day, came when coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media on the field shortly after the defense held the offense out of the end zone on five of seven plays.

"He better run harder than he ran today at the goal line," Tomlin said of Mendenhall.

Mere rookie mistakes?

"They better be," Tomlin quickly snapped back. "I'm sure they were. He has to run harder, not over-analyze, understand what that drill's about, it's about hitting downhill, and hopefully next time out he'll be better."

One goal-line drill does not a career make and Mendenhall, who scored a University of Illinois record 17 touchdowns last season to go with his record 1,681 yards rushing, will get many more chances.


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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby lloydrules » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:34 pm

"You ain't in Kansas (IL) anymore, Toto (Mendenhall).

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby No l Gravity l » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:33 pm

Wonder if Timmons and Woodley were on that first team or Foote and Woodley.

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby darthsteel » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:58 pm

oh geeez :roll:

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby jstallworth82 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:55 am

He will do fine 1st week jitters.

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby Sillmiller » Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:04 am

Very minor story at this time

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby fadden » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:18 am

could jesus punch it in against the steelers D behind essex, mahan, and simmons?

might as well have an 11 vs 1 drill where he snaps it to himself.

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby jstallworth82 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:29 am

Well according to the Defense he is a load to tackle and it is not entirelyon his shoulders the O-Line still needs to block someone.

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby Sillmiller » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:04 pm

Heck Earl Campbell in his prime would have trouble pushing it in with our OL v our D

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Re: Mendenhall's first week as a Steeler ends with a thud

Postby Nick79 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:24 pm

It's too early to tell, hopefully he will pan out and I'm not worried yet, but since Franco we haven't had good luck picking a RB in the 1st round!

Greg Hawthorne
Walter Abercrombie
Tim Worley

So hopefully we're due!

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