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Jonathan Dwyer | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 229
College: Georgia Tech
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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer rushed five times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's second preseason game.
He's only at 17 yards on nine carries through two preseason games, but it's notable that Dwyer ran ahead of Stepfan Taylor in this game, and vultured an early goal-line score from Andre Ellington. Coach Bruce Arians figures to pull Ellington in deep scoring position this year in favor of either Dwyer or Taylor. Taylor worked ahead of Dwyer in Arizona's preseason opener. Aug 16 - 10:39 PM

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Jonathan Dwyer was listed behind Stepfan Taylor on the Cardinals' first depth chart of training camp.

In addition to Andre Ellington and Taylor, it caught our eye that Dwyer is also listed behind Jalen Parmele. Dwyer only got $65,000 guaranteed on the contract he signed this past March, so the Cardinals wouldn't take much of a hit if they cut him. Dwyer is listed on the third team with UDFA RB Zach Bauman.
Aug 6 - 5:09 PM

During minicamp, coach Bruce Arians said Jonathan Dwyer was "in better shape and he's running routes and catching the ball better than I remember."

Arians and Dwyer spent 2010-2011 together in Pittsburgh, where the power back appeared in just eight games and earned 25 total carries. Dwyer may have a much more significant role this year as he fights Stepfan Taylor for big-back duties behind starter Andre Ellington. Dwyer has a legit chance to earn all goal-line work, as that's an area smallish Ellington projects to struggle. Ellington had three carries inside the five-yard line last year, and was stuffed on all three.
Jul 2 - 8:54 AM

Jonathan Dwyer said he's unsure exactly what his role will be with the Cardinals.

The Arizona Republic confirms the obvious -- that the running game will flow through Andre Ellington. But there are still touches to be had here, especially in short-yardage and goal-line sets. Dwyer, who was pursued in free agency by former Steelers assistant turned Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, will be battling with Stepfan Taylor for that work. He's run with everyone from the first- to third-stringers during OTAs.
Jun 16 - 11:31 AM

Cardinals signed RB Jonathan Dwyer to a one-year contract.

Dwyer, 24, finished 2013 in Pittsburgh with 197 yards on 49 carries (4.0 YPC) and eight receptions. He's a devastating pass protector and excels in short yardage. Although Dwyer lacks a high ceiling, he's a sensible signing in Arizona due to his familiarity with Bruce Arians' offense. He's a better talent than Stepfan Taylor. If this is all the Cards add at tailback during the offseason, it'll be good news for Andre Ellington's fantasy outlook.
Mar 12 - 9:37 PM's Scott Brown believes the Steelers will attempt to re-sign free agent Jonathan Dwyer.

Dwyer was Le'Veon Bell's primary backup in 2013, finishing with 49 carries and 197 yards. A short-yardage specialist, he could return as veteran insurance and shouldn't command much guaranteed money. The Steelers could also look to add depth at running back through the draft or free agency.
Feb 8 - 2:32 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed three times for 10 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 17 win over the Browns.

An on-again/off-again short-yardage specialist, Dwyer finishes 2013 with 49 carries for 197 yards. An impending free agent, there's no guarantee Dwyer will be back in the Steel City next season. Le'Veon Bell has put a stranglehold on starting duties for the Steelers.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed eight times for 38 yards and caught a three-yard pass in Pittsburgh's Week 10 win over Buffalo.

Dwyer and Felix Jones (four carries, 16 yards) are the Steelers' "breather backs" behind Le'Veon Bell (25 touches). Dwyer would need a Bell injury to be worth grabbing in 12- and 14-team fantasy leagues.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed one time for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 9 loss at New England.

Dwyer also caught one pass for 23 yards. But the big plays weren't enough to earn him any playing time over rookie Le'Veon Bell, who is locked in as a workhorse. Dwyer is waiver-wire fodder.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 08:45:00 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed three times for nine yards in the Steelers' Week 8 loss to the Raiders.

Dwyer was the No. 2 back behind Le'Veon Bell on Sunday; he's essentially a "breather" player who only gets snaps when Bell needs to catch his breath. Dwyer isn't much of a fantasy handcuff because he'd likely share backfield duties with Felix Jones if Bell ever suffered an injury.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 07:44:00 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed one time for four yards in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Ravens.

Dwyer is a power back that has no role because feature back Le'Veon Bell has more power.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 07:29:00 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed two times for seven yards in Week 4 against the Vikings.

Dwyer barely saw the field behind Le'Veon Bell and Felix Jones. He's no longer needed in pass protection or on third downs and can be safely dropped in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 06:27:00 PM

Jonathan Dwyer had 12 carries for 39 yards in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Bears.

Dwyer was used in a change-of-pace role behind Felix Jones and was the preferred option in pass protection over Isaac Redman. He had an impressive 25-yard run in the first half and took over as the lead back after Jones fumbled in the third quarter. Dwyer is nothing more than a desperation RB4 in re-draft leagues.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 01:07:00 AM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed one time for two yards in Monday night's Week 2 loss to Cincinnati.

Dwyer played just two snaps. He was only in the game in the first quarter as the No. 2 back while Isaac Redman was being tested for a concussion. Dwyer is obviously well off the fantasy radar. He's behind Redman and Felix Jones.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 01:07:00 AM

Steelers will re-sign RB Jonathan Dwyer.

Dwyer returns to the team that cut him nine days ago out of desperation, not desire. During Sunday's embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Titans, starter Isaac Redman was benched for ineffectiveness and two botched exchanges. Backup LaRod Stephens-Howling blew out his knee and newly signed Felix Jones barely played after whiffing on a blitz pickup. Unless Le'Veon Bell (foot) can get back for Week 2, look for Dwyer to step right back in and share time with Redman against the Bengals next Monday night. If Bell can get cleared, the Steelers will lean heavily on the rookie right away.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 08:03:00 AM