After several years of downward trending following their Super Bowl loss, the Arizona Cardinals seem to finally be turning things around. It hasn’t been pretty in desert for awhile now, but with several key roster additions this offseason, fans should finally be feeling better about the team’s chances.
One of the bigger acquisitions for the Cardinals, was running back Rashard Mendenhall. His time had come to an end in Pittsburgh, and I’m sure he wanted to go to a team where he could be the man. Arizona was a great fit because Mendenhall previously worked with Bruce Arians during his time in the Steel City.
So far, all reports from Cardinals’ OTAs are positive regarding Mendenhall. He apparently looks great, and is focused on being the team’s No. 1 back going forward. He looks so good in fact, that Arizona is rumored to have no interest at all in the newly available Willis McGahee.
We’ve all seen what Mendenhall is capable of when he’s on top of his game. His career-best season came in 2010, when he rushed for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns. Clearly, there were some underlying factors at play with his former team, and a fresh start seemed to be the best possible thing for him. It feels like the entire Cardinals team is getting a fresh start this season, with numerous new faces figuring to see substantial field time.
Mendenhall will help speed up the franchise’s recovery, if he can manage to regain his prior form early in 2013.
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