Steelers would like to ease Mendenhall's workload

Posted Oct. 21, 2010 @ 10:51 a.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Entering Week Seven, Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall was on pace to rack up nearly 50 percent more combined rushes and receptions than he did a season ago, and head coach Mike Tomlin has said giving Mendenhall less work is something the team would like to do. Any redistribution of work among the other backs primarily would affect Isaac Redman or Mewelde Moore. The Steelers' fourth-string back, rookie Jonathan Dwyer, hasn't been active for a game this season. The 250-pound Redman has the second-most carries on the team and generally has been dependable in short-yardage situations. Also, he has proven to be versatile, too, the way we hear it, showing he can lead-block and catch the ball, too. Of course, Mendenhall will remain the featured back, a role he has proven more than capable of handling. We're told Mendenhall has exuded greater confidence and leadership in this, his third NFL season.