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Jonathan Dwyer Coming Back to Pittsburgh

Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) runs into the end-zone to score a 12-yard touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

After Isaac Redman put on a butter-finger show and LaRod Stephens-Howling left yesterday’s game with a knee injury I mentioned how it might be wise for the Steelers to “kick the tires” on the recently released Jonathan Dwyer.

Apparently Pittsburgh’s front office are uneasy about the current pool of running backs on the roster as many of us, so it came as no surprise today when Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted that the Steelers would be signing Dwyer to their roster.

Although it is nice that the Steelers were able to re-acquire their leading rusher from the 2012 season (623 rushing yards), one must keep in mind how desperate a move like this one is.

Dwyer had ball-security issues of his own during the most recent preseason, and his weight problems probably did not endear himself to Pittsburgh’s coaching staff either.  Nevertheless, the Steelers are desperate at this point for running backs and Dwyer fits the bill in terms of his health.

How much work Dwyer will receive on Monday night against the Bengals is still a mystery, but one has to believe that he will see plenty of touches since Redman and Felix Jones are the only healthy running backs on Pittsburgh’s roster at the moment.

 

 

Stats & Info. Provided By: ESPN.comSteelers.com and Pro Football Reference

 

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Topics: Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • Dave Buzard

    Putting piggy on the ground is one sure way to get in the Steelers Dog House.

    • Dom DiTolla

      I don’t care how “in-shape” or “motivated” Dwyer is. Behind the “offensive line” the Steelers have, not even A.P. could make them look good. Lol. Jonny’s better off on his couch eating bon-bons than trying to run behind Pittsburgh’s garbage O-Line. Lol.

      Seriously though, over-under (2) on his fumbles in Week 2, Dave?

      • Dave Buzard

        I’ll take the under. After fumble #1 Johnny Fats will be down the tunnel in time to join Casey Hampton over at the casino for the buffet!

        • Dom DiTolla

          Haha! You could just hear Dwyer getting fatter through the tv screen at times last year.

          • Dave Buzard

            NFL reporting that Steelers are ‘very thin’ at running back. Dwyer will cure that quickly.