Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers
|RB - #74||PIT||Active||3 years||23||5'11||229||@JDwyer27|
2012 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on May-11-2012 by Rob Warner
The 2010 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech has failed to stay healthy in his first two NFL seasons (played in just 8 games) totaling only 25 carries for 151 yards. With Rashard Mendenhall likely to be sidelined for significant part of the upcoming season, Dwyer could be elevated to the #2 RB position (provided he's recovered from a broken foot). He might be worth a late round flier if he proves to be healthy in training camp.
It didn't work for the Raiders last year. The Jaguars will see if it works for them this year. And the Steelers are also going to test it out. It's a zone-blocking run scheme, and while the Steelers won't make a full change from their years as power run offense, they want to mix it up in an effort to confuse defenses and keep their offensive line fresh. Now they have to figure out which of their running backs -- Isaac Redman, rookie Le'Veon Bell and Jonathan Dwyer -- works best in that type of system.
Just because the zone-blocking scheme leads to tremendous success for a player like Arian Foster doesn't mean those results will be replicated for every team. It's about personnel, and there doesn't seem to be a perfect fit for such a scheme on Pittsburgh's roster. Bell, like Redman and Dwyer, is more of a grind-it-out running back. All three seem to be better for a power offense. I should restate that the power run game isn't leaving the Black and Yellow; it's just being scaled back a bit. Regardless, Bell should be expected to win the starting job out of training camp.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors5/24 - Steelers will use some zone-blocking concepts
4/29 - Steelers OC Todd Haley says RB Le'Veon Bell will be a 'factor' this season
4/27 - RB Le'Veon Bell is a Steeler
4/26 - Steelers interested in RB Ahmad Bradshaw, sign RB/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling
Average Draft PositionJonathan Dwyer was drafted in 36% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues with an average drafting position of 205.95
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