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Rashard Mendenhall

27-Year-Old Running Back – Free Agent

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HT: 5' 10"   WT: 225   DOB: 6/19/1987  College: Illinois  Show ContractHide Contract


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Retired in March of 2014.

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Mendenhall is retiring from football, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Rashard Mendenhall NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 21 4 19 58 0 3.1 - - - - - 2 17 8.5 0 3 - - - - - -
2009 22 16 242 1108 7 4.6 9 1 - - - 25 261 10.4 1 32 - - - - - -
2010 23 Pit 16 324 1273 13 3.9 11 1 3 1 0 23 167 7.3 0 34 0 0 0 0 2 2
2011 24 Pit 15 228 928 9 4.1 3 2 2 0 0 18 154 8.6 0 28 0 0 0 0 1 1
2012 25 Pit 6 51 182 0 3.6 1 0 0 0 0 9 62 6.9 1 11 0 0 0 0 3 1
2013 26 Ari 15 217 687 8 3.2 0 0 0 0 0 18 134 7.4 0 21 0 0 0 0 4 3

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Rashard Mendenhall Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2008 21 4 1.9 2.4 2.1 5 15 1 - - 1 4 5.7 0 - -
2009 22 16 11.6 13.1 12.3 15 69 37 23 12 2 16 8.2 3 3 1
2010 23 Pit 16 13.9 15.3 14.6 20 80 55 31 23 1 10 4.9 9 5 2
2011 24 Pit 15 10.8 12.0 11.4 15 62 40 26 17 1 10 5.5 5 1 0
2012 25 Pit 6 5.1 6.6 5.8 9 30 5 0 0 2 10 5.6 1 0 0
2013 26 Ari 15 8.7 9.9 9.3 14 46 29 19 8 1 9 6.4 1 0 0

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Rashard Mendenhall – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2013

Rashard Mendenhall was on the field for 433 of his team's snaps on offense in 2013.


Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Rashard Mendenhall was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Off ST
2011 - -
2012 104 0
2013 433 0

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Rashard Mendenhall 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Rushing Rush Distance Receiving Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Runs Red Zone Targets
Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5

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Rashard Mendenhall: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Mendenhall (finger) rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes on two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's loss to San Francisco. Unfortunately, he also lost a fumble.

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Mendenhall (finger) is active for Sunday's game versus the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site reports.

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Mendenhall (finger) is probable for Sunday's game against San Francisco.

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Mendenhall (finger) practiced in full Thursday.

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Mendenhall should be good to go for Sunday's potential playoff-clincher against the 49ers, but the final injury report of the week should confirm his availability. He'll continue to garner the majority of the carries, as he's been handed at least 17 in each of the last four contests, but fellow back Andre Ellington is more of a threat due to his game-breaking ability in both facets of offense.
Mendenhall (finger) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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Mendenhall has garnered 21 rushes in back-to-back games, supplying 132 yards in total as the Cardinals' main rusher. Although Andre Ellington is a more steady fantasy option due to his pass-catching ability, Mendenhall has touched the rock at least 13 times in eight consecutive appearances, a run that includes six touchdowns on the ground. Thus, Mendenhall retains relevance in the majority of formats as the season draws to a close.
Mendenhall (finger) had 21 rushes for 63 yards in Sunday's upset win at Seattle.

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Mendenhall (finger) is listed as active Sunday in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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Mendenhall recorded the last rushing touchdown scored against the Seahawks in Week 7, but his output on that particular afternoon of 13 rushes for 22 yards resulted in his second-worst YPC, 1.69, in a game this season. Moreover, Seatle has held opposing backfields to less than 50 yards rushing in seven of 14 games, which may steer owners elsewhere.
Mendenhall (finger) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.

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Mendenhall practiced fully Friday, and his finger issue appears to be past him. A matchup with Seattle on the road could make this week one of the low points in his season, however.
Mendenhall (finger) was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant in practice, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

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Mendenhall endured knee, hamstring, and toe issues in the first half of the season but has avoided the injury report since early November. A finger injury could affect his handle on the ball, but there's no indication that his availability is in question this week. Fellow running back Andre Ellington upgraded to a full appearance in drills Thursday, implying that his quad concern wasn't too serious. As such, a split of the touches seems as if it will come to pass once again out of the Cardinals' backfield, which Friday's injury report will likely confirm.
Mendenhall took 31 of the Cardinals' 68 offensive snaps during Sunday's overtime victory in Tennessee, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks


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New head coach Bruce Arians brought in Mendenhall from Pittsburgh after Mendenhall's season was largely lost to an ACL injury suffered in 2011. At his best, Mendenhall was a 1,000-yard bell cow for Arians in 2010 and 2011, and at 5-10, 225, he was an effective goal-line option (22 rushing scores). Mendenhall will have a shot to regain that form in the desert, but won't be without competition as 2011 second-round pick Ryan Williams returns from a shoulder injury, and highly productive college backs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington – whom Arians drafted in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively – will also be in the mix. Mendenhall is the favorite to lead this backfield if he can remain healthy, but a committee could be forged in training camp if one of the young players excels. The Cardinals offense should also be significantly improved in 2013 after finishing last in rushing and 31st in scoring in 2012. In addition to Arians, new quarterback Carson Palmer and first-round pick guard Jonathan Cooper should give Mendenhall a chance to greatly improve the Arizona ground game.


Despite playing in 15 games and increasing his YPC, Mendenhall saw his rushing yards drop from 1,273 in 2010 to 928 last year, thanks to 96 fewer carries. His touchdowns also fell from 13 to nine, and his production as a receiver declined, too. A down year got even worse when Mendenhall suffered a torn ACL in Week 17, which puts his 2012 season in jeopardy. He’s expected to return at some point – and he impressed onlookers at OTAs in May – but it’s likely he’ll start the year on the PUP list, so expectations should be held in check.


Mendenhall saw his YPC drop to 3.9 last season, but he was given 82 more carries and scored nearly twice as many rushing touchdowns (13 to 7) as he did in 2009. His 21 goal-line carries were the third most in football, and he converted 10 for scores. Despite the increase in rushing attempts, Mendenhall received a similar amount of snaps last year compared to 2009, so it’s not surprising his receiving numbers took a step back. Mendenhall isn’t a flashy runner, but he’s got a nice spin move for someone his size, and he’s clearly established himself as Pittsburgh’s workhorse. For someone approaching 230 pounds, he has pretty good speed, as his 11 carries for 20-plus yards last season were fifth-most in the NFL. Mendenhall would benefit if Pittsburgh’s O-line can rebound from a down year, and he’s one of the few lead backs who gets the majority of the work between the 20s, catches passes and is the main option at the goal line. Just realize he’s coming off the heaviest workload among all running backs, as the team’s Super Bowl run meant he accumulated 385 carries.


Mendenhall bounced back after a lost rookie season with 1,369 total yards and eight touchdowns last year, taking over as Pittsburgh’s lead back. He had just seven carries entering Week 4, so his final stat line looks much more impressive when you consider it came over just 13 games. Mendenhall’s YPC dropped over the second half (3.8 compared to 5.7 before), but it was essentially his rookie campaign, so it was hardly unexpected. He now knows what to expect over a 16-game grind in the NFL, and the Steelers are moving forward with Mendenhall as their workhorse. He's also a solid option at the goalline, as Mendenhall scored on six of his 12 goal-line carries, which is a strong rate. Pittsburgh drafted Jonathan Dwyer, but that was in the sixth round, and Willie Parker is no longer on the team, so only injury can prevent Mendenhall from reaching 350 touches. Pittsburgh has stated a goal of returning to its smashmouth roots, so an offensive philosophy skewed more toward running the football is expected. While the offense will lose some potency with Ben Roethlisberger suspended the first 4-6 games of the season, that should also result in Mendenhall being featured quite heavily.


Mendenhall’s rookie season ended when he broke his shoulder Week 4, and he didn’t do much to impress beforehand, gaining just 3.1 YPC. Of course, he wasn’t given much of an opportunity, and nearly half of his 19 carries came against a tough Ravens defense. Mendenhall’s shoulder is fully recovered, and Willie Parker struggled through an injury-plagued season last year. Parker is also in the final year of his contract, so Mendenhall could establish himself as Pittsburgh’s franchise back with a big 2009. After all, the team did draft him in the first round in 2008, so he’ll certainly be given the chance to make his case. Mendenhall will be in a timeshare, but Parker is starting to show signs of breaking down and has converted just three of his 16 goal-line attempts over the past two seasons, so Mendenhall could easily dominate the scoring opportunities.


Mendenhall was something of a one-year wonder in college, but that one season came in 2007 and was quite impressive (1,999 yards, 19 TDs). He averaged 8.4 YPC on 78 attempts in 2006, so the skill set was there, and last year didn't completely come out of nowhere. He was the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year last season and enters the NFL with fresh legs, accumulating just 388 carries throughout his collegiate career. At 5-11, 224, Mendenhall has good size, but he also ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds and possesses big-play ability. He’s capable of running both inside and outside, flashing exemplary vision and quickness. However, he's only carried the ball 200 times in one season, so he’ll need to prove he's durable and capable of a bigger workload. Incumbent Steeler feature back Willie Parker was leading the NFL in rushing when he went down with a fractured fibula last year, but Parker struggles in short-yardage situations and as a receiver out of the backfield. Mendenhall might already be a better blocker than Parker, and Parker averaged just 4.1 YPC last season, and that was before a severe injury to his leg. Pittsburgh averaged the third-most rushing attempts per game (31.9) last year, and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has already spoke of using Mendenhall and Parker in the backfield at the same time. With Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes fast becoming superstars, the offense should enable big numbers from the ground game. Mendenhall is younger and the better blocker, receiver and short-yardage runner, giving him more upside than the incumbent Parker.