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20 Jonathan Dwyer RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/229 | Birthdate: 7/26/1989 | Birthplace: Woodstock, GA, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Georgia Tech | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 173.00
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Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have distinct roles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Although Stepfan Taylor has been running ahead of Jonathan Dwyer in training camp, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the running backs are not competing for the backup role behind Andre Ellington. Instead, Arians plans to use each back based on his strengths.

"We have all the confidence in the world in Stepfan and Jonathan," Arians said. "Jonathan had a big, long run (Tuesday) and Stef did an unbelievable job in pass protection. It’s an ongoing thing, and we’ll use them both.

"We won’t really have a two and a three. They’ll have roles and go into games with roles so everybody knows exactly what to expect. And when your number’s called to increase your role, you better be ready."


Arians happy with two surprise running backs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2014) Andre Ellington is pretty much locked into the Cardinals' starting running back job heading into training camp, but he won't hog all of the carries. Cards coach Bruce Arians told ESPN that backups Jonathan Dwyer and Robert Hughes have each been a pleasant surprise so far this offseason

"(Dwyer) is in better shape and he's running routes and catching the ball better than I remember," Arians said. "I know he'll pound you and can really run the football. I know he can pass block. But he caught the ball extremely well. He made some catches in the red zone for us. That was a surprise." 

As for Hughes, the former Colts backup rusher, Arians called him "outstanding," citing his toughness, mentality and skill set as strengths. Not only is he a load on his feet but he can also run good routes and catch passes. 

Both have a chance to make the Cardinals final roster. 


Cardinals add Jonathan Dwyer for one year


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Cardinals beefed up their running back depth in free agency, adding former Steelers back Jonathan Dwyer on a one-year deal Wednesday, according to AZCardinals.com. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Dwyer disappointed despite appearing in a career-high 15 games for the Steelers in 2013. His production fell off across the board, as he finished with 197 yards on 49 carries, without a touchdown.


Steelers facing decisions on three running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Steelers will try to re-sign free agent running backs Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling but not Felix Jones, reports ESPN.com. Dwyer would be an ideal backup to Le'Veon Bell but might leave for a chance to play more, the report said.

Stephens-Howling must prove he's healthy following ACL surgery. If he's the only one who returns, the Steelers would seek to bolster the position through free agency or the draft, the report said.


Several Steelers make small contributions to victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Two greatly used Steelers wideouts caught just three passes between them Sunday at Green Bay, but one was a biggie.

That one was a 1-yard scoring snag in the first quarter by Emmanuel Sanders, who finished with two receptions for 7 yards. Jerricho Cotchery caught one pass for 9 yards in the win.

Also pitching in were running backs Jonathan Dwyer, who both ran and received for 7 yards, and fullback Will Johnson, who caught one pass for 6 yards. Fellow back Felix Jones had one rushing attempt for 6 yards.


Steelers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Several Steelers played a minor offensive role in the win over the Bengals. Running back Jonathan Dwyer ran six times for 26 yards, while running back Felix Jones carried five times for 22 yards.

Receiver Jerricho Cotchery drew three targets, including one in the end zone, but was limited to a 2-yard reception. 


Steelers backup backs do little in loss to Dolphins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Steelers backing running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones did  little in Week 14, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins. Dwyer rushed the ball for 8 yards on three attempts, while Jones managed just 7 yards on two attempts. Neither player had a reception.

Le'Veon Bell continues to get the majority of the work in Pittsburgh, leaving little room for anyone else in the offense. That trend should continue in Week 15 against the Bengals. 


Steelers backs do their part in Sunday victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Several Steelers made small contributions to a blowout win Sunday in Cleveland. Among them were Will Johnson, who caught one passes for 9 yards, and fellow running back Felix Jones, who matched that total on two carries and added one catch for 4 yards. Running back Jonathan Dwyer added 7 yards on six attempts and caught a pass for 1 yard.

Also notable was that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was blanked for the first time since Oct. 13. He had caught five touchdown passes in his previous three games.


Steelers backup runners do little on the ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Steelers backup running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones failed to make an impact Week 11.

Dwyer received a goal line carry on his only attempt, but failed to convert. He did catch two passes for 12 yards. Jones also ran for no gain on his only attempt. He did not factor into the passing game.

Both players will take on the Buccaneers Week 12.


Jonathan Dwyer solid in limited role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer found some room to work in Week 10 against the Bills, as he took advantage of his limited carries in a 23-10 win.

Dwyer rushed the ball just six times, but still racked up 38 yards, with a long run of 17 yards. He added one catch for 3 yards in the game.

Dwyer's workload has been limited this season, but he has had success with those carries. He enters Week 11 against the Lions with 29 carries for 139 yards on the season. 


Steelers backup running backs receive just two carries


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Steelers backup running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones combined for just two carries against the Patriots. 

Le'Veon Bell was the primary runner, receiving 20 touches throughout the game. The team was down by double-digits at three separate points in the game, and couldn't focus much on getting their other runners involved. Dwyer did make the most of his only carry, picking up 30 yards. Jones had just 5 yards rushing. 

Both players each had one reception as well. Dwyer again proved to be a big-play threat, picking up 23 yards. Jones picked up just 4 yards on one catch. He was targeted three times. 

Dwyer and Jones will take on the Bills Week 10.


Steelers get minor contribution from role players Week 8


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Steelers received key contributions from several role players during Sunday's loss to the Raiders in Week 8.

In the running game, Jonathan Dwyer had three carries for 9 yards while Felix Jones had one carry for minus-1 yard. Jones caught two passes for 20 yards. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery also contributed with three catches for 39 yards on four targets.

Steelers get contributions from role players in Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) The Steelers received minor offensive contributions from a few role players Week 7 against the Ravens.

In the passing game, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery caught four passes from Ben Roethlisberger for 41 yards while Derek Moye had only one catch for a gain of 19 yards.

In the running game, Felix Jones had five carries for 16 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and caught one pass for a gain of 3 yards. Jonathan Dwyer had one handoff for a gain of 4 yards in a 19-16 win.

Jonathan Dwyer gets a few touches late


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2013) Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer was invisible for most of Week 6 at the Jets, but he did help the Steelers run out the clock in the fourth quarter, carrying the ball three times for 10 yards.

He has a total of five carries in his last two games after having 13 in his previous two.


Steelers RBs take back seat to Le'Veon Bell


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Steelers running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones did little behind starter Le'Veon Bell in the running game Sunday from London. Facing the Vikings in a losing effort, Dwyer rushed twice for 7 yards and Jones managed two carries for 3 yards. 

Bell rushed 16 times for 57 yards and two scores in the loss. Jones caught one pass for 4 yards in the game and Dwyer did not make a catch. 

Pittsburgh has a bye Week 5 and returns Week 6 against the Jets. 


Jonathan Dwyer could impact game with hands


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer is expected to be the third-string running back heading into the Week 4 game in London against Minnesota on Sunday. That said, we expect Dwyer to see enough carries to be worth considering for Fantasy usage.

While Le'Veon Bell should see the most snaps as long as he's healthy, Dwyer should build on the 12 carries for 39 yards and one catch for 9 yards he had last week against Chicago in his second game of the season.

The Vikings have been giving up plenty of yardage on the ground this season. Minnesota is allowing the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. If the running back is versatile and able to catch passes, they have performed even better against Minnesota, which has given up 25 catches to RBs for 273 yards and a touchdown.

Dwyer could do his damage catching the football, but because he's not the starter he should only be looked at as a last-resort flex option in deeper Fantasy formats for Sunday's game.

Steelers reorganize running back depth chart


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) With Le'Veon Bell on the verge of returning from a foot injury, the Steelers have reorganized their running back depth chart heading into Week 4 at Minnesota. Bell and Felix Jones are now listed as co-starters, with Jonathan Dwyer as the third-string running back and former starter Isaac Redman listed as the fourth-string running back.

Jonathan Dwyer leads rushing attack with 39 yards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer may have not gotten the start but finished with the most touches Sunday night against the Bears in Week 3.

Felix Jones got the starting nod over Dwyer. Dwyer responded with a team-high 39 yards on 12 carries in a 40-23 defeat. He also caught one pass for a 9-yard gain. Jones finished with 34 yards on seven carries.

Dwyer has 13 carries for 41 yards in two games played. He could see more playing time if Le'Veon Bell is not ready to return in Week 4 against the Vikings in England.

Jonathan Dwyer makes a cameo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer, who led the team with 623 rushing yards last year, carried once for 2 yards against the Bengals. He's behind Isaac Redman and Felix Jones in the backfield pecking order.

Dwyer plays the Bears in Week 3.


Avoid the Steelers running backs in Fantasy Football


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/12/2013) Isaac Redman will make his second consecutive start for the Steelers on Monday at the Bengals. Newly re-signed rusher Jonathan Dwyer will back him up. Felix Jones adds depth on the bench. 

None of these guys should be in active Fantasy lineups. Redman's last six starts resulted in Fantasy point totals of 2, 9, 4, 20, 1 and a sickening minus-2 just this past week. Dwyer has proven to be inconsistent over his career and people in the Steelers organization questioned his committment and work ethic before cutting him before the start of this season. Jones is basically out of the picture.

Making matters worse is the matchup against a Bengals defense that yielded some numbers to Bears starter Matt Forte in Week 1 but still boasts a strong front seven. Forte is eons better than anyone the Steelers have on their active roster.

The only Steelers RB worth owning is Le'Veon Bell and he won't be back for another month. Pass on Steelers running backs in Week 2. 


Jonathan Dwyer could capitalize on Isaac Redman's struggles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Steelers re-signed running back Jonathan Dwyer on Monday, and the state of Pittsburgh's running game "may compel coach Mike Tomlin to play Dwyer if not feature him," reports ESPN.com. Isaac Redman started Sunday and fumbled twice while gaining 9 yards on eight carries.

The report says Dwyer was the team's most talented runner when the Steelers released him Aug. 31 and instead kept Felix Jones. Dwyer led the team with 623 rushing yards last year.

Pittsburgh visits Cincinnati next Monday.


Steelers sign two players Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Steelers announced Monday they signed running back Jonathan Dwyer and guard/center Fernando Velasco. They take the roster spots of center Maurkice Pouncey and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, who were placed on injured reserve with season-ending knee injuries.

Report: Jonathan Dwyer to re-sign with Steelers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Free agent running back Jonathan Dwyer worked out for the Giants and Patriots last week, but Monday he's expected to re-sign with the Steelers, according to NFL Network. Dwyer was one of the team's final cuts at the end of the preseason.

Beanie Wells and Jonathan Dwyer work out with Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) The Giants worked out running backs Beanie Wells and Jonathan Dwyer Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News.

The Giants are looking for a backup running back to take over for the injured Andre Brown. Wells was cut by the Cardinals before the start of free agency and has not been able to sign with a team before Week 1. Dwyer was in the mix for the Pittsburgh's starting job, but was cut after the fourth preseason game.


Steelers' running back situation gaining clarity


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Isaac Redman was the Steelers' first-team running back Monday, an expected move considering the release of Jonathan Dwyer. Redman, who returned from a stinger to a full practice, will be backed up by Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Meanwhile, rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is aiming to return from his foot injury by Week 2 but is "not making promises."