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.
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