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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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Suspended Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with felony aggravated assault.
Dwyer has also been charged with eight misdemeanors for his alleged July assault of his wife. He'll spend 2014 on the reserve/NFI list with an "illness" before becoming a free agent in January. Dwyer's NFL career is likely over. Sep 29 - 3:57 PM

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The Cardinals will "gladly" welcome RB Jonathan Dwyer (illness, NFI) back if he's "exonerated" in his domestic-violence case.

"Until he is exonerated, he will not be a member of this football team," coach Bruce Arians said Thursday. "If and when he is exonerated, I will gladly take him back." Arians added that he believed anyone who hits a woman "needs to go to jail for a long time." Dwyer's odds of exoneration are looking slim. He's likely done in Arizona.
Sep 18 - 6:01 PM

Cardinals placed RB Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are "evaluating (Dwyer's) mental health after suicide mentions in police report." Although teams have the option to withhold pay from players on the NFI list, Dwyer will reportedly still collect checks. He's almost certainly played his final down for Arizona.
Sep 18 - 2:39 PM

Suspended Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer is accused of head-butting his wife and breaking her nose after she "refused his sexual advances."

Per the police report, Dwyer "punched her in the face the next day." Dwyer also allegedly threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son. The incidents took place in July, but Dwyer's wife — who has since left the state — came forward after he "sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife." It's a grim situation. Dwyer almost certainly won't play again this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 18 - 1:32 PM

Cardinals deactivated RB Jonathan Dwyer for Week 3.

Dwyer was arrested on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault for two incidents in July. Stepfan Taylor will take over as the Cardinals' No. 2 back.
Sep 17 - 7:49 PM

KTVK Arizona reports Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for two incidents involving domestic violence in July.

Dwyer was arrested on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault. The arrest apparently happened on July 21. It's Dwyer's first off-field run-in with the law but one that could send his NFL career spiraling down the drain. Dwyer has 51 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries this season as a minimum-salary player.
Sep 17 - 5:39 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

He wasn't targeted. Dwyer has consistently been Arizona's goal-line vulture since late in the preseason, and executed again from one-yard out early in Sunday's victory. Still the clear No. 2 back to Andre Ellington's No. 1, Dwyer is no more than a low-upside RB3/4 in fantasy football leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:38 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 20 yards on seven carries in Arizona's Week 1 win over the Chargers.

He added two catches for eight yards. Dwyer entered the game on the second offensive play. But with Andre Ellington (foot) healthy enough, Dwyer was merely a change-of-pace. Dwyer will only be relevant if Ellington misses time.
Sep 9 - 2:19 AM

According to the Arizona Republic, Jonathan Dwyer "likely would start" if Andre Ellington (foot) misses time.

Multiple sources tell beat writer Kent Somers that Ellington could miss "significant time" despite a more-optimistic story from NFL Network that came out Friday. Dwyer is not a special talent or game-breaking runner, but was already first in line for goal-line carries in Arizona's backfield, and could push for 14-17 touches in Monday night's tilt with San Diego. Stepfan Taylor would be second in line for work. Dwyer should be grabbed in all fantasy leagues.
Sep 5 - 1:15 PM

Jonathan Dwyer is listed as the Cardinals No. 2 running back, as expected.

Dwyer easily beat out unimpressive second-year man Stepfan Taylor. Starter Andre Ellington is expected to be a three-down workhorse, but he's also among the biggest injury risks in the league. Dwyer projects as a goal-line vulture and a realistic candidate to get starts this season.
Sep 3 - 8:09 AM

Jonathan Dwyer played firmly ahead of Stepfan Taylor in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Dwyer got three first-team reps in this one, while Andre Ellington got 26 and Taylor got zero. We'd expect Dwyer's snap count to rise a bit in the regular season, as the undersized Ellington is a poor bet to hold up in his current workhorse role. We already know Dwyer is going to get a few third-down reps and the majority of short-yardage work. He has 14 carries for 25 yards and one goal-line plunge TD through three preseason games.
Aug 24 - 11:03 PM

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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

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PosRoleName
QB1Drew Stanton
2Logan Thomas
3Ryan Lindley
RB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
3Marion Grice
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown