Of course, the question was asked with the caveat of "if the season started right now," but we know that the starting job is his.
It is not surprising. All offseason, Mendenhall has been running with the first team.
"He took me personally to the Super Bowl," said Arians about the running back. "I know what he brings to the table as a runner and a pass protector, and also as a receiver."
"He's an every down player," he continued.
When asked about Mendenhall's health, Arians said that he is "healthy and ready to go."
Signed in the offseason to a one-year contract, Mendenhall has every reason to look forward to a good season. He will playing for a contract.