Overlooked as of late is the pass blocking by running back Rashard Mendenhall. Below is a breakdown on the blitz pickup of Browns defensive back Mike Adams by Mendenhall that resulted in a touchdown to Hines Ward.
Start of play, 3 wide receivers and 1 tight end with Mendenhall the lone back.
Roethlisberger delivers play action fake as Adams closes in and Mendenhall squares him up.
Fake is over and Mendenhall readies for the block.
Mendenhall effectively positions himself in between Adams and Roethlisberger.
Mendenhall engages Adams and helps keep his arms down as well.
Line is doing a great job and Mendenhall remains in great position.
Adams tries to break to the left and Mendenhall walks him even further to left.
Mendenhall continues to work Adams out of the passing lane.
Roethlisberger cocked and loaded and Mendenhall finishes Adams off.
Ball is away and Mendenhall has mission accomplished. Great blitz pickup and play results in a touchdown.