Last week I wrote a short post on the under use of Rashard Mendenhall and BA's unwillingness to run the ball, so I thought I'd follow up with some thoughts on the ground attack this week.
Mendenhall - Had some nice runs and is definitely the back of choice in the 10 due to his ability to hit the edge and and make good cuts. However, we did see a couple of negative runs (in garbage time when the box was stacked albeit) and some short gainers where he turned his back upfield. YPC was below four, but all in all played a solid game against a stout D.
Redman - In the post from last week I stated that Mendy should be receiving atleast 20 carriers per game. After watching this weeks game, I am starting to think a two back system might not be such a bad thing (with Mendy still being the main man of course). Redman just plays like a freak on every play and is usually good for positive yardage. He still looks akward sometimes though and lacks speed and elusiveness. Nonetheless, his bruising style of play is not to be overlooked (says his 6.4 YPC against the bengals).
Another thing I like about running Redman more is that it appears to light a fire under Mendenhall's ass and keeps him on his toes.
Mewelde - I like him because he knows the system and plays with a lot of heart knowing that this is probably his last season. I like how they use him (with the exception of the kc game...) on third and long and occasional five wide sets. He' kind of a poor mans Darren Sproles?
Dwyer - Sorry to anyone who thought Dwyer was movin up on the depth chart after the Tennessee game, but I don't believe he is even worth a spot on the roster (If only Batch didn't get hurt...). Still doesn't seem like he can play a traditional HB role and appears to continue to struggle staying in shape. Hopefully with Barron Batch returning next season we can demote this goon to the practice squad (or cut) and maybe send the message that if he wants to be a back in this league he has to lay off the big macs and get in the weight room.
All in all, solid day running the ball against a good D. Hopefully BA can lay off those damm WR screens and throw in some more running plays!