Mendenhall replacement? Cardinals sign RB Jonathan Dwyer
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Mendenhall replacement? Cardinals sign RB Jonathan Dwyer

Rashard Mendenhall @R_Mendenhall has announced his retirement, and apparently the Cardinals have replaced him in a sense with his former Steelers teammate, Jonathan Dwyer @JDwyer27. Dwyer signed a one-year deal with Arizona on Wednesday. In 2013, Dwyer carried the ball only 49 times in 15 games for Pittsburgh. He averaged four yards per carry and did not score.

Fantasy Analysis:

Dwyer is a big body who is useful in short-yardage situations. However, as bad as Mendenhall was last season, Dwyer is not an offensive upgrade, and the team shouldn't look at him as their lead RB. If anything, this signing signifies that Andre Ellington is certainly going to see a significant uptick in touches this season.

Darren Urban via Twitter

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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