Steeler Nation , not long ago the talk was would running back Jonathan Dwyer make the Steelers 53 man roster ? There was even talk of the Steelers wanting to trade Dwyer after they took running back Le’Veon Bell in the 2nd round. However one must remember this is the NFL where things can change in a blink of an eye.
Today multiple reports say that Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell may be out an extended period of time with a possible Lisfranc sprain to his foot. The Steelers are hoping Bell will not require surgery. However even without the surgery Bell may miss 6-8 weeks. Now Jonathan Dwyer may once again have the opportunity to begin the season as the Steelers starting running back.
The Steelers running backs have dealt with a series of injuries all summer Isaac Redman(shoulder), LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) Baron Batch (stinger) and Le’Veon Bell (knee / foot).
Jonathan Dwyer was basically the last man standing in the pre-season game Monday night against Washington. Dwyer ran the ball well most of the night . He had 14 carries for 68 yards. He also had two catches for 12 yards. Dwyer did turn the ball over once and must take better care of the ball in the future.
Jonathan Dwyer has talked all off season and through out camp how he is ready to be a starter and ready to take that next step… Here are some quotes made by Dwyer from Steelers.com\Teresa Varley on the subject….
Dwyer: “I have been working my butt off as much as I can to get in the best possible shape as can be,” said Dwyer. “I was dieting and working hard, two or three times a day. I was not just losing weight, but being in condition. I want to be like that the rest of my career. “This is the best shape I have been in since I have been in the league. I have more energy and feel more explosive and quicker.”
“I just want to be the best,” said Dwyer. “Last year I got a taste of how to play. I know what I can do, what I bring to the table. I don’t want to just be average. I want to be among the elite.”
One thing for sure is Dwyer will once again get the opportunity to prove he is a starter quality running back . The question remains will he seize the opportunity?
The time for talk is over. The time has come to put up or shut up.