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Rashard Mendenhall all the buzz for Arizona Cardinals

The reshuffled backfield of the Arizona Cardinals belongs, for now, to Rashard Mendenhall.

Mike Jurecki of KGME-AM reported Thursday that the former Pittsburgh Steelers runner has shown promise hitting the hole, performed well in pass protection and clearly has separated himself as the No. 1 running back in the desert.

After adding Carson Palmer at quarterback this offseason, new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians went searching for a known quantity in the backfield. Mendenhall and Arians spent four seasons together in Pittsburgh. While the Steelers got tired of the five-year pro, Mendenhall is proving to be a logical fit for the Cardinals.

"He's a big back who never has to come out of the game," Arians said in March. "He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet."

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