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Hawaii 5-0
05-24-2012, 07:05 PM
Hold Off Judging Jonathan Dwyer Until He Arrives At Training Camp

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

One of the concerns of Steeler Nation that seems to be surfacing coming out the Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session this week is the weight of third year running back Jonathan Dwyer. His weight has been a concern of Steelers General Manger Kevin Colbert as well, who said back in late February on SiriusXM NFL Radio, “He's a big guy and you know sometimes he's a little too big quite honestly. He has to keep his weight in check, but he's 245 to 255 and he can run.”

Dwyer participated in the first two days of the OTA session this week and was excused Thursday so that he could attend his brother's high school graduation ceremony. Most of the fan base concern stems from the video shot of the day one practice that took place on Tuesday. I grabbed a still from that video that shows Dwyer to be a little thick around the middle.

Weight control is nothing new to Dwyer though as he admitted to showing up at training camp last year a little heavy, which led to him having to drop 15-20 pounds pretty fast. When asked about the extra weight he showed up with last summer, Dwyer said, “I was working out a lot right after last season. But then during the lockout, I rested my body and gained weight. The lockout was long, and I didn’t know when we’d come back. I just messed up.” When pressed further as to how he lost the weight he said, ““Just working, man. Working hard ... doing extra work in the mornings during camp ... running gassers after practice with the rest of the running backs ... eating right and not eating after a certain time of day ... keeping my calorie count down ... just doing the right things. I’m losing weight every day. I’m back on the right track, and it is showing with the way I’m practicing and the way I’m playing.” Dwyer said at that time he was down to around 235-238 pounds.

This off-season has also presented another obstacle for the Georgia State product as he was recovering from surgery to repair a broken left foot he suffered late last season and he was not clear of rehab until early February. This of course prevented him from running for a good amount of time and that is certainly something he apparently needs to do keep his conditioning up and his weight down. Dwyer said back in April that his plans were to train with Tom Shaw during the the month of July, but those plans have since changed. He told us on the podcast a few weeks ago that the plan is now to train at Bommarito Performance Systems in Florida alongside teammates Antonio Brown and Lawrence Timmons. Dwyer said recently that ideally he would like to play at 225-230 pounds.

Training camp is still a good couple of months away and there are still two more OTA sessions and a mini camp that will take place over the course of the next three weeks. Following that Dwyer will still have a considerable amount of time to get his weight down. Until then I suggest we all hold off judging him until he reports to Latrobe for the start of training camp. Dwyer knows he has a great opportunity ahead of him to be the backup to Isaac Redman with Rashard Mendenhall likely to start the season on the PUP list. I fully expect he will photograph better at that time.

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05-24-2012, 07:12 PM
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Hawaii 5-0
09-02-2012, 02:00 PM
Jonathan Dwyer: Steel City Survivor

Submitted by Syndicated sources on September 2, 2012

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Going into the 2010 NFL Draft, Jonathan Dwyer was one of the hottest names floating around in dynasty circles. After all, he had just finished a fantastic career at Georgia Tech that saw him run for 1,395 yards in each of his last two seasons, on a healthy average of over 6.4 yards per carry. Tack on his 26 touchdowns in those two seasons and he looked like a future first round rookie pick in dynasty drafts.

All was not to be wine and roses, though.

Prior to the combine, Dwyer revealed he had been playing at around 240 pounds his entire Junior season (his last in college) and his coaches verified his weight was a constant challenge for him to maintain. He was able to get down to 229 for the NFL combine and ran a 4.59 40 at there, though some had him clocked in the 4.6 or 4.7 range, which is pretty sluggish for a tailback.

When you combined his disappointing combine numbers (somewhat verified at his pro day) with concerns about his ability coming from an unconventional triple option attack, the stock of Dwyer seemed to be slipping out of the first round and possibly as late as the third.

Things got worse from there.

Dwyer tested positive for a banned substance at the combine, but it was later deemed as acceptable due to a medical condition. That condition was never verified, but Dwyer himself stated it was for treatment of an attention deficit disorder. Ironically, the positive drug test didn’t hurt his draft stock, but the condition itself likely did as Dwyer fell all the way to the sixth round of the draft, being selected at #188 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. At that point, players aren’t even guaranteed a roster spot.

His first training camp was nearly a total disaster as he showed up overweight and hurt his hamstring on the first day. It didn’t get any better as he hurt his shoulder later in camp and looked to be clearly on the roster bubble. Dwyer salvaged a roster spot by playing well in the preseason’s last two games, rushing for 175 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries, good for an average of 5.3 yards per carry.

The Steelers knew he wouldn’t make it on to the practice squad, so they kept him on the active roster. He finished the season by appearing in one game, carrying the ball nine times for 28 yards – hardly what dynasty owners could have hoped for.

Going into 2011, hopes were again rekindled as Dwyer made the Steelers as the fourth running back. He finally broke out in week six with 107 yards on 11 carries against Tennessee, showing everyone he still did, indeed, have some talent. Unfortunately, he broke his foot shortly after that game and went on injured reserve, prompting many dynasty owners to finally cut bait.

This year again brought some new hope with Rashard Mendenhall hurt and Isaac Redman being the lead back to start camp. Dwyer reportedly showed up to camp in the best shape of his life and it’s finally translated to the field. With Redman being very average in the preseason, Dwyer took the most of his opportunity and ran for 147 yards on 28 carries, good for an average of nearly 5.3 yards per carry. He’s also caught three passes for 48 yards, which has never been his strong suit.

Going into the season, Dwyer finally has some momentum. He’s passed the eye test thus far during the preseason as Redman has struggled, gaining just 38 yards on 17 carries. The coaching staff isn’t revealing who will start for Pittsburgh (and they play in the late game on Sunday, which makes it tough), but there’s little doubt that Dwyer is going to begin the season with meaningful touches for the first time in his career, whether he’s the starter or not. The best bet at the moment is Dwyer and Redman split carries with Chris Rainey sprinkled in on occasion.

Dwyer has been a total disappointment in dynasty leagues – it’s just a fact. However, he’s finally going to get a chance to showcase his ability and possibly carve out a meaningful role in the offense. He’s a great player to have stashed on your bench right now because the Steelers running game is a huge question mark. If his preseason play can translate to the field in the regular season, it’s going to be tough to keep him on the bench, even when Mendenhall comes back.

Personally, I’ve never been a believer in Dwyer. His weight issues and lack of passion have always bothered me. It looks like those could be in the past, but I find myself skeptical. If he puts together some solid games early, he may be a great dynasty “sell” candidate to a contender as I still find it hard to believe he’s the long term answer at tailback for the Steelers. The only problem is going to be deciding what to do if those games he puts up are “great,” and not “solid.”

We’ll soon find out.

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austinfrench76
09-02-2012, 02:45 PM
I like Dwyer, could have a great stable of RB'S. With Mendenhall (although mayne not past this year), Redman, Dwyer and Batch. I know Rainey technically is a RB but I shutter thinking he may get murdered running betweethe tackles ala Eric Metcalf! And I know Batch isn't much bigger but so far it looks like he plays bigger. If that makes sense?? Either way, HERE WE GO STEELERS!

Hawaii 5-0
09-02-2012, 03:00 PM
And I know Batch isn't much bigger but so far it looks like he plays bigger. If that makes sense?

actually, Baron Batch at 5'10" 210 lbs is much bigger (30 lbs) than Chris Rainey who is 5'9" and 180 lbs.

SteelerFanStuckInBaltimor
09-02-2012, 08:31 PM
It may be homer-ish to say, but our stable of backs - Redman, Mendy, Dwyer, Batch and Rainey - considered a supposed weakness, pre-TC - has morphed into a strong unit, IMO.

GoFor7
09-02-2012, 10:04 PM
When/If Mendenhall returns, I wonder which RB won't be dressed. I doubt they'd dress 5 RBs on gameday. My guess would be Batch.

QCbeauBlak
09-02-2012, 10:42 PM
Baron Batch looks like ol' reliably Moore. A guy that always moves forward on carries.

I went back and watched the preseason games. Dwyer was really running like a mad man. He showed that he can be a very violent runner. He has welcomed the contact this year by always tucking his head and trying to punish defenders or giving em' a strong stiff arm. I just KNEW this year with Mendy on the mend, the competition would be tough. I've been a little disappointed with Redman. While he is a very reliable tailback, he hasn't shown me a single big play in a while. With Dwyer you have a guy that seems to be ready to take on a much bigger role. Maybe even a starter. I just love the way he has punished defenders this preseason. I never really worried about his weight. One thing guys like Bettis of old or Mike Tolbert nowadays have shown me is that it isn't always about the weight. It is about the desire. I wish I could compile all of Dwyer's runs this preseason. He just looks like he has the mentality that "While you may be out to crush me, I want to crush you first!" HERE WE F@UCKING Go STEELERS!!

btw, i know it is another subject, but we always line our TE up as FB in motion on the I-formation.. God I wish Pope realized how big he was.. I hope he developed into a better lead blocker on some of our inside runs.

tony hipchest
09-02-2012, 11:25 PM
btw, i know it is another subject, but we always line our TE up as FB in motion on the I-formation.. God I wish Pope realized how big he was.. I hope he developed into a better lead blocker on some of our inside runs.

if he is too dumb to know how to read a measuring tape we probably dont want him on the team in the 1st place.

even lebron james knows that just because you have freakish size and skills, football may not be the way to go.

bottom line is l. pope really aint shit. :noidea:

Steelersfan87
09-02-2012, 11:35 PM
Pope is endlessly frustrating. He has all the physical capabilities to be a great tight end, but he is maddeningly inconsistent in effort and technique.

QCbeauBlak
09-02-2012, 11:50 PM
Those two drops he had, especially the first one were hard to watch. I mean, the guy is such a big target, on the first drop, the ball hit him right in the bread basket. I'd argue that a good QB would have thrown it harder into his gut to minimize the possibility of a DB getting a hand on it. Either way, he was open and the ball just popped off his chest as if he didn't even know it was coming. Though he made an attempt on it. DAMN!! he is frustrating.

Am I the only one that kinda misses Spaeth. I mean other than a couple of big drops his last year here, he was a little more than just serviceable.

tony hipchest
09-03-2012, 12:19 AM
Am I the only one that kinda misses Spaeth. I mean other than a couple of big drops his last year here, he was a little more than just serviceable.in arians offense? probably so.

a 3rd round selection wasted on him was probably as useless as tits on a bull considering the draft picks spent on wallace, brown, and sanders.

speath was a pass catching TE ranked #2 to greg olsen in his draft class. if ANYthing, we needed a 6-7th round blocking TE to free up heath miller.

otherwise, we just wasted about 3 of heaths most productive years at 7 mil/year.

=fail.

teegre
09-03-2012, 01:16 AM
Pope is endlessly frustrating. He has all the physical capabilities to be a great tight end, but he is maddeningly inconsistent in effort and technique.

When Saunders comes back from suspension, I propose that Pope gets cut (& not Paulson).  

Rick5895
09-03-2012, 03:46 AM
When Saunders comes back from suspension, I propose that Pope gets cut (& not Paulson).  

I would doubt Pope gets cut. He is a Haley guy. I know Pope ain't much of a blocker, but let's see what he beings to the table in the regular season before "discarding" him. He could very well be an intriguing matchup near the goal line.

Bayz101
09-03-2012, 03:50 AM
I would doubt Pope gets cut. He is a Haley guy. I know Pope ain't much of a blocker, but let's see what he beings to the table in the regular season before "discarding" him. He could very well be an intriguing matchup near the goal line.

Wait, he isn't a good blocker? Well shit. Here I was hoping his blocking would make up for his stone hands.

teegre
09-03-2012, 10:36 AM
I would doubt Pope gets cut. He is a Haley guy. I know Pope ain't much of a blocker, but let's see what he beings to the table in the regular season before "discarding" him. He could very well be an intriguing matchup near the goal line.

You are correct: he is indeed a Haley guy.  That's what got him here, and "could" keep him here.  Alas, that appears to be the ONLY thing that he has going for him.  

Can't catch.  Can't block.  Haley guy.  Hmmm...  

Paulson is Tomlin's favorite.  And, Saunders is very skilled; the coaches & players love him.  If Paulson shows anything during the first four weeks, I'd bet money that he stays (especially, again, since he's Tomlin's teacher's pet).  Thus... the odd man out would be...  well... Tomlin's guy trumps Haley's guy.  

QCbeauBlak
09-03-2012, 11:48 AM
otherwise, we just wasted about 3 of heaths most productive years at 7 mil/year.

=fail.

Spaeth made 7mil a year? Good Lord I hope not. A couple of Bears fans have told me that they hoped Spaeth would work out as Greg Olsen's replacement in the passing game but he turned out being their better run blocking TE on the edge than anything else. They have that Davis guy at TE who is pretty good so I think it works out for them.

Truthfully if we had better tackles, I probably wouldn't be as concerned for our TE play. lol, it's so funny how the game has changed. TE used to be as irrelevant as FB are now not to long ago.. Now you need 2 solid TE's.

I am going to try to be a little more optimistic though. Heath is still the man and I still haven't gotten a feel for what formations will be our bread and butter this year.

FrancoLambert
09-03-2012, 03:09 PM
Dwyer is showing the growth and development you hope to see from a late round prospect.
No doubt about it, it looks like he's moved to another level of play.
This is what we need to see from some of our other "late bloomers."

Hawaii 5-0
09-04-2012, 10:26 PM
Jonathan Dwyer Has Got It

by CRAIG WOLFLEY on SEPTEMBER 3, 2012

He’s still the youngest running back in the running back meeting room that meets with Steelers RB coach Kirby Wilson. That despite this being his third year in the league. He’s had battles with his weight, and problems with his conditioning, yet he may well be the most instinctive back in that room, on a par with Rashard Mendenhall.

After the pre-season finale against Carolina, where he added another 63 yards on thirteen carries to pad his team leading rushing total to 147 yards on 28 carries with a nice 5.3 rushing average, Jonathan Dwyer has staked a claim to toting the pig’s bladder when the Steelers hit the “Rocky Mountain High” that Denver is currently experiencing in the advent of the Peyton Manning era.

Jonathan has had an outstanding pre-season. But it didn’t just happen in the games. Jon-boy got his weight where he wanted and got serious about his conditioning. There was a new found confidence and seriousness to his attitude and preparation. In other words, the young buck “got it,” as we old-timers like to say and the light came on for him. In lay terms, he’s matured.

What really intrigues me about Jonathan is his vision, the innate ability to anticipate the hole or cut before it’s actually there, his instinctive movement within the flow of a play, and how he has what Tunch Ilkin refers to as “pitter-patter” feet.

Thursday night against the Panthers Jonathan had a run on what we used to call a 15-straight. It’s a play where the back presses the frontside LT and cuts off his block. Jonathan started left, then cut it all the way back to the outside of the right tackle ripping a 15-20-yard gain. But it was his vision and awareness where he turned his head all the way to the backside before he stopped pressing the keester of the LT and then made the cut. That takes some confidence in knowing what you’re doing.

Ona another run earlier in the pre-season we got a glimpse of Dwyer’s innate movement within the flow of a play where he turned a run from a one or two yard loss into a four-five yard gain. In that quick little run, he cut back into the posse of defenders and ducked and weaved his way through three guys to get a positive run out of nothing. All that bobbing and weaving Jon did reminds me of a boxer, sitting in the pocket of his opponent (right in front of the guy) and making his opponent miss by creating movement without seemingly moving. Kind of a zen-thing.

And finally, Tunch Ilkin first described this to me as we were in a munch session and talking turkey. Jonathan’s got tapping shoes-type feet. He pitter-patters, rarely takes a direct hit with just one foot in the air and seems to be grounded on two feet when he makes contact. Think of Dwyer being the opposite of the long-striding Willie Parker.

Jon’s ability as a pass-catcher, as he demonstrated in Buffalo, will no doubt add to his attractiveness in getting some game time. But what i thought he showed even more promise is in his pass blocking. Starting with the first “Backs-on-Backers” drill up at camp, Jonathan displayed a new found willingness to stick his nose right in the mush of a hard charging linebacker.

Yeah, i think Jonathan Dwyer has got it.

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