Steelers Will Indeed Bring Back Jonathan Dwyer

After losing running back LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season with a knee injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer.

Dwyer was waived during the final round of cuts over a week ago and the odd man out after the team acquired Felix Jones from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade half way through the preseason.

The decision is not a surprising one as Dwyer knows the offense as well as the Steelers next opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Steelers will save quite a bit of money this time around with Dwyer, who was originally set to earn $1.323 million had he remained on the roster for the season opener.

  • steeltown

    Ha!… surprise surprise

  • Douglas Andrews

    Now sit Redman

  • TJimmy

    Hopefully Dwyer is more motivated than ever since no other teams wanted him and he’s getting a 2nd chance in Pittsburgh.

  • JPDQ

    So by Tomlin’s reasoning… Jones will start next week, right? Cause Redman fumbled twice in the first game and Dwyer was cut after signing Jones. But wait, Jones didn’t get a touch yesterday even though Redman was completely ineffective. So I guess Dwyer does get the start. But wait, Redman doesn’t have to prove his abilities to the coaches like everybody else, and he’s more motivated, so Redman will start. Oh wait though, he fumbled twice, and Tomlin doesn’t like fumbling. So that means Stephens-Howlings will start. Oh crap, he’s injured for the season. So I guess Jones will start after all. But hold on, Tomlin said he’s not really familiar with our system. So Dwyer will start. Oh yeah, he got cut after leading the team in rushing last year. So…

    I guess we’ll just watch Ben get sacked some more.

  • Mike Sweeney

    Great. I, need to be reminded of why they cut him in the first place. To save money and then bring him back for cheaper so that cap doesn’t take a hit blah blah blah blah. I hope he rips it up against bungle ball, who knows. Any given someday

  • steeltown


  • StrengthOfVictory

    Heath and Bell, you hear that? That’s the Bat-Phone…and it’s ringing for you. As for Dwyer, I hope you like pass protection, cause that’s your new full-time job.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He is a young kid and a kick in the behind with reality may have a positive effect. Hopefully he gets a Antonio Brown like work ethic and show us what he is capable of.

  • steeltown

    Atleast he does an adequate job at pass protection, every little but helps

  • steeltown

    Sooo…we bringing back Daniel Hrapmann? I sure hope so, he’s a solid place kicker and I would imagine McFadden might be in the plans as well for depth purposes

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Where did Reggie Dunn land? Why can’t Cody Whatshisname play center leaving Beachum at TE? Who will take Foote’s spot? Will another OL (Long, perhaps) be activated?

  • Marcus

    OK, How bout Max Starks? Gilbert is a turd and I beginning to have my doubts about DeCastro.

  • JT

    Max Starks couldn’t make the Chargers and beat out their safety cone of a left tackle. DO NOT WANT.

  • JPDQ

    Steeltown, I know you and I have been going back and forth about the RB situation, but really… it isn’t gonna matter who runs the ball until the O-line stops knocking each other out of the game and/or season. And learns how to pass protect. I literally laughed out loud when DeCastro speared Pouncey in the knee. It’s like watching the Bad News Bears out there. They can’t get out of their own way. I mean, I don’t wish injury on anybody, let’s be clear. But it’s like the offseason never even happened. They might as well be 8-9 right now, for all intents and purposes. Exact same problems, exact same injury issues, exact same excuses.

  • srdan

    Good point. This guy has the potential. But he was released because “he didn’t take his job seriously.”

    I do think it was a wake up call to get “laid off”. Hopefully he had a moment of clarity and “takes the bull by the horns”.

    I feel like Mike with all the “sayings”. lol

  • Marcus

    Please, Steelers Offensive line is the worst in Football. He might have been the worst tackle on the Chargers, but he would be the best on the Steelers.

  • JT

    Oh will you all stop it with the stupid hyperbole. They had a bad game, but they’re young and talented. It’s gonna get better. Max Starks has gotten worse, and will only continue to do so. Father time is cruel.

  • Shea Fahr



    Wallace probably will play C, but I’m sure he was inactive yesterday making Beachum the backup C. This week I would expect Beachum to be the swing T/TE.

  • steeltown

    Im trying to stay positive, for the most part, ha!

    Maybe Cody Wallace can give this group a lift, that way Beachum can play TE and obviously Will Johnson should help some in that area as well..

  • Mike Popovich

    Lol! Yeah, pretty much sums it up perfectly.

  • steeltown

    I have a feeling Kion Wilson and V.Williams might platoon the BUCK spot, unless they bring back Sly or McFadden, but that would completely disregard and negate the decision to keep Williams and Wilson over the latter two to begin with

  • conan

    I sure miss the nastiness of Willie Colon and Chris Kemoeatu those GUYS WERE MEAN SON OF A B*TCHES , whereas Ramon Foster and Castro are big professional guys who dont scare anybody with nastiness and if you want to run the ball down other teams throats you better have some nastiness in you. Chris was a wild offensive lineman that was overly aggressive but he wasnt no punk.Sometimes I think Foster is scared of other big guys. Thats why u can win a superbowl with those Willie and Chris they were not Alan Faneca but they could intimidate OL with there nastiness and swagger.

  • conan

    I loved Starks but Pitt got rid of him at perfect time but on other hand Willie Colon they should have simply convinced to take a pay cut and he would have worked well in zone blocking scheme Foster is not nasty enough and DeCastro is still sitting on all his potential..he has the pedigree but right now he isnt cutting it. Hope it all turns on soon for Decastro.

  • Marcus

    They had a bad game? Did you watch the preseason? Did you watch last year? How many bad games in row can they have before they are just labeled bad? They gave up 2 sacks yesterday to two players that had less than 4 sacks total last year. They averaged 1.5 yds per carry at the end of the 3rd quarter. It wasn’t just bad, it was deplorable. Starks could compete for a starting gig on this squad, there is no question about it, and to argue otherwise is just non sense.

  • JT

    There were plenty of times during the preseason when the first team showed what zone blocking can do. It wasn’t all bad, it just wasn’t. Did the backups suck all the time? Yes. Does any time around the NFL have quality O-Line depth? No. Unless Starks could play guard or center, no he wouldn’t. It was the middle of the line that struggled the most. The pocket collapsed in the middle and there was no push. Why? Because the Pro-Bowl center went down and our journeyman lineman had to come in. There’s not enough reps in practice anymore to assume that Beachum has gotten nearly enough work at center. And you lose Pouncey’s leadership and signal calling. Beachum/Wallace will get the reps this week and it will be better. This is young group and they will struggle. But it’s going to get better, whether you want to believe it or not.

    How many games? More than one, that’s for sure.

  • joed32

    Dunn hasn’t landed yet.


    Sit Redman go with Dwyer and Jones.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Bingo. One thing I miss about Arians- when his playcalling fall apart, he allow Big Ben go no-huddle much more often. Big Ben is an orthodox player, but among the best so you scheme around him. Our O-linemen will always suck, I have accepted that but Big Ben played like if we traded for Mark Sanchez and started him.

    When go no-huddle, usually our running game click much better (think 2008 with Mewelde Moore) its… bottom-line Todd Haley is working his way out of this job. Sad but true.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Awesome commentary, says it all!

  • mem359

    I didn’t want the Steelers to cut Dwyer in the first place.

    Having said that, I don’t know if it is a good idea to bring him back. If the primary reason for his cutting was attitude and motivation, I would expect him to be even surlier when he comes back. (Hope I’m wrong.)

  • moderatelysane

    hire arians…that is all. : )

  • JPDQ

    And to inject a little humor into this thread, I had to chuckle when I read this from Ed B. At first, it’s funny, then you realize, “Wait a minute, he’s actually right!”

    “Roethlisberger also threw an interception and was sacked five times, which puts him on pace for 80 sacks…”

  • Jeff

    Did Dwyer put on 30 pounds in the 10 days since he’s been cut?

  • Michael

    I’m figuring Dwyer, McFadden and Malecki resignings after Pouncey, Foote and Stephens-Howling IR’d and a temporary K while Suisham is out. Imagine they’ll have to cut TE to make room for temporary K, since Miller will be back in next couple games likely. Figure Palmer as odd man out.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I figure in two weeks Dwyer can get up to 300 plus and play tackle…didn’t he have good stats against pass rushers?

  • treeher

    I suppose you also believe our economy is in a strong recovery …

  • LOL!!!

  • What about Chris Rainey? He returned kicks AND punts exceptionally well (and he didn’t back into end zones for safeties). After all, maybe he was really innocent (LOL!:<) and deserves a second chance…or 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.

  • If the Steelers resign three players (or more) that they recently cut, does anyone have any thoughts or insights on how that would effect the team chemistry? (i.e., would they return with chips on the shoulder against the organization…or would they be driven to prove they belong?


    switch around the o’line, Dwyer ran well last season behind Adams and foster on the right side, at the moment they are in different spots – put wallace at center, DeCastro LG, Foster RG, Adams RT, Gilbert LT

  • T R

    What chemistry. Did u watch game. H20 is the only chemistry they had

  • Dan

    Although I’m a Dwyer supporter and happy he’ll be back, I temper the positive feelings with the reality that 4 other backs were deemed better than him after several weeks of daily evaluation. I hope anybody in a Steeler uniform does well, but chances are he’ll have a mix of good and bad runs and he’ll only be back for part of the season.
    There’s several comments below about his motivation. You never know what’s going in a player’s head, but there was already plenty of external motivating forces before last week. I doubt the motivation level will be any different. It may be there’s an upper limit on his talent.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Eating crow.

  • Luke Shabro


  • Luke Shabro

    He eats enough cheeseburgers

  • TJimmy

    Tomlin has seemed lost not having Bell in the lineup. Maybe Bell will be the guy this week.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Not really. The reasons that they cut him are still valid. The circumstances changed.

  • “How many bad games in row can they have before they’re labeled as simply ‘bad’?”

    Good one!

  • Right! And sun spots cause global warming, and Big Ben won’t miss a game (or games) due to injuries! LOL!

  • cencalsteeler

    By signing Dwyer back it goes against everything Colbert has said. If you cast the same 8-8 team and expect different results, your a fool. (I’m referring to the RB stable)
    Dwyer was out there for the taking and nobody, I mean not one team bit on him. Does he know our offense? Yes, but c’mon, Felix Jones picked it up the next day.
    Michael Turner or Willis McGahee I thought would have been a nice infusion, but hey, I guess were back to where we were last year until the Bell rings.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Well, you were a supporter of Redman over Dwyer, so I wouldn’t expect you to say anything different, but it’s difficult to preach logic when discussing the Steelers handling of the RBs this preseason and into the first game of the year. I’ll stand by my statement. Eating crow.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Dwyer shows up overweight and out of shape…again.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Here’s a solution to our RB woes. Draw up a new game plan for the Bengals, we line up F. Jones, Redman and Dwyer in the wishbone “attack”. Let’m all have a go and no one will have to ask who’s starting ’cause they all will.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I argued with a buddy of mine that was calling for BA’s head…now he’s after Haley….Suddenly it seems like Arians isnt such a bad play caller after all…Ha Ha!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Now the Steelers will be kicking themselves if that happens…Redman 1.3 mill now guarenteed and J Dwyer could be your started for less than half that…My cynical side hopes Dwyer comes in and does like you say “Rips it up”

  • Beatlejuice

    I couldn’t agree more, we could have Barry Sanders running but if the offensive line makes a hole that a mouse couldn’t fit through it doesn’t matter. At some point each of the lineman have to decide if they are going to hit someone or be hit. It is hard to pinpoint one problem with the offense because there are so many, but right now the running backs, the offensive line and the TE need to show up next week, because clearly they took an at work vacation day against the Titans.

  • Beatlejuice

    First they tried to get Jerome Bettis but he said not behind that line.

  • 2443scott

    one game dont make a season and everyone lost in the division are all the fans from those teams yelling and screaming whos at fault ..we got a what for but we arent dead yet ….i agree the play calling was really bad you cant just run into the line and hope for 4 or 5 yards i didnt see any zone running .as for sacks if you cant run the lbers will tee off on the line ….i think its a mistake to bring dwyer back he was left go for a reason …