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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:51:37 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion) did some running Monday, Dec. 2, and is hoping to play in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins after suffering a concussion in the team's Week 13 contest. "I'm going to take it day by day and see where we're at," Bell said. "The goal is obviously to play but if (I'm) not able to I'm not able to." Bell doesn't remember the hit but hasn't had many lingering effects from the violent collision. He took an ImPACT test Sunday, Dec. 1, and will have to pass more concussion tests before being cleared.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that Bell will have over a full week to recover from his ugly concussion. It will all depend on whether he passes the concussion tests this week. The fact that he's already running is a good sign, though. Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer will split the duties in the backfield if Bell isn't cleared. If Bell plays, he should be in your lineups against the Miami Dolphins. Jones and Dwyer are desperation flex plays.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:29:36 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said RB Jonathan Dwyer may see more playing time. Tomlin said that Dwyer has also been a spark plug on special teams.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:23:16 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is expected to make his season debut against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, but QB Ben Roethlisberger isn't so sure of that. "Honestly, I have no idea with him," Roethlisberger said. "You can't get a read on him. One day, he's practicing, one day, he's not; one day, he's going hard, the next day, he's not. I wish I could." Bell was banged up in the preseason and only rushed four times for nine yards.
Fantasy Tip: Mike Tomlin continues to say that how much Bell plays on Sunday will depend on how he looks in practice this week. Stay updated on Bell's practice status, but we get the feeling that he'll be eased in against the Vikings before the team's Week 5 bye. It'd be unwise to rely on him this week. Felix Jones or Jonathan Dwyer are better options.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:45:01 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman, the team's Week 1 starter at running back, is now listed as fourth on the depth chart behind RBs Felix Jones, Le'Veon Bell (foot) and Jonathan Dwyer, in that order. Jones is the team's leading rusher with 71 yards and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Bell is expected to play in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings, but they'll likely ease him back into the mix.
Fantasy Tip: With Pitt's bye week in Week 5, they won't want to put too much on the shoulders of Bell immediately. He's the best back to own in this backfield long term, but Jones is probably the better play against the Vikes.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:49:07 -0700
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is expected to play in the team's Week 4 game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell has progressed ahead of schedule from his injury.
Fantasy Tip: Bell may not be 100 percent this weekend, but it looks like there's a good chance he'll be on the field. A combination of Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman haven't gotten it done in three weeks. Dwyer looked solid last week, however, so he may split the carries with Bell this weekend.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:53:57 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer is unsure what his role will be heading into Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. "They told me to get ready and play," Dwyer said. "I don't know exactly what I'm doing. I'm just getting myself ready to play." The Steelers finished with only 32 total rushing yards in Week 1, the second lowest around the league, and RB Isaac Redman fumbled twice and had only eight carries for nine yards.
Fantasy Tip: Redman has already been named the starter for Week 2, but that could change depending on how he fares early on. Dwyer is comfortable with the team and led them in rushing last year, so it's conceivable that he could become fantasy-relevant in a hurry with Le'Veon Bell (foot) out another month. Felix Jones hasn't been a quick study of the offense. Get Dwyer on the cheap if you're speculating and are in need of RB depth.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:56:48 -0700
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's (foot) injury is now being classified as a Lisfranc sprain, according to a source. The team is now hoping he returns in a month.
Fantasy Tip: Well, so much for those Week 3 hopes. The team has a bye in Week 5, and they'll play the New York Jets in Week 6. Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones will continue to share the work, with Redman the starter. Try to hold onto Bell for a few more weeks, but understand these things could eventually mean a lost season.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:19:54 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Felix Jones is listed last on the team's running back depth chart, and head coach Mike Tomlin said Jones' lack of experience in the offense is the reason why he played very little in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. Recently re-signed RB Jonathan Dwyer is even listed ahead of Jones.
Fantasy Tip: With Dwyer back in the fold and Le'Veon Bell (foot) possibly returning next week, Jones' chances of making an impact in the running game appear very slim.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:34:20 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would not indicate what kind of role RB Jonathan Dwyer would have in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. "That depends on his dependability," Tomlin said. "We'll play it by ear and see how he looks on the practice field and in the classroom." RB Isaac Redman will start the game.
Fantasy Tip: Le'Veon Bell (foot) is out another week, but he could return soon, so Dwyer doesn't have much short-term or long-term value. Leave him to the waiver wire unless something changes.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:15:17 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers will re-sign RB Jonathan Dwyer.
Fantasy Tip: He's worth a speculative add. Isaac Redman fumbled and didn't do much in Week 1. Felix Jones didn't see a carry, and LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) is out for the season. Dwyer could step right in and have a prominent role.
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:44:35 -0700
The New England Patriots worked out free-agent QB Austin Davis (Rams), QB B.J. Coleman (Packers), QB Graham Harrell (Jets), RB Damien Berry (Ravens), RB Jonathan Dwyer (Steelers), RB Cameron Marshall (Dolphins), WR Josh Bellamy (Chiefs), WR Chad Bumphis (Dolphins), DT Sione Fua (Panthers), DT Clinton McDonald (Seahawks) and DT Andre Neblett (Buccaneers) Friday, Sept. 6.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:09:16 -0700
The New York Giants worked out free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer (Steelers) Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 17:23:52 -0700
Free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer (Steelers) cleared waivers Sunday, Sept. 1, and he is now an unrestricted free agent.
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:54:01 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers released RB Jonathan Dwyer.
Fantasy Tip: This is a minor surprise as Dwyer was expected to share duties with Isaac Redman. Redman appears to be the main back to own right now, with Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling also options. Redman becomes a RB3 or flex player. The rest of the field isn't worth owning right now, but this remains a fluid situation where anyone could nudge ahead.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:45:57 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman is expected to start while RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) recovers from his foot injury. RBs Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling will serve as the backups.
Fantasy Tip: Redman has some low-end RB2 or flex fantasy appeal if he does indeed start in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, who ranked dead-last in the NFL against the rush last season by allowing 178.0 yards per game.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:14:16 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Steelers believe RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) has a Lisfranc injury but are hoping he will not need surgery. The team will not know if he will need surgery until he gets his second opinion.
Fantasy Tip: There is a chance Bell could miss a significant amount of playing time and could miss the entire season if he needs surgery. Bell probably should not be considered until later rounds of drafts because of the injury. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer should be moved up draft boards because they could start this season.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:21:42 -0700
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is expected to miss at least several weeks because of the foot injury he suffered in the second preseason game. The team has not completely diagnosed Bell's injury at this point.
Fantasy Tip: If Bell is not able to play Week 1, Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer likely would get the start. Either would be considered a flex option if they got the start. It is not known how long Bell will be out, so owners could drop him down their draft boards because of the injury. He should be seen as a low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 running back for now. For more on his injury, click here.
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:30:34 -0700
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) aggravated his left knee Thursday, Aug. 15, when a teammate hit him in a non-contact drill. Bell didn't take another snap and had his left leg heavily wrapped after practice.
Fantasy Tip: Monitor Bell's progress over the next few days, but this injury doesn't appear to be too serious. Isaac Redman would be the next man up if Bell misses time. Jonathan Dwyer is also a possibility. Bell, if healthy, will receive the lion's share of the workload out of the backfield, though, making Redman and Dwyer unnatractive in most drafts.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:17:06 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer said he has lost 25-30 pounds down to 230 pounds.
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:40:41 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer is not a lock to make the final roster entering training camp.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:18:08 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman said he believes the team will be able to effectively use him, RB Le'Veon Bell and RB Jonathan Dwyer this season because they want to establish the running game.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:08:55 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson said the team does not really have a running back depth chart at this point. "There really is no pecking order other than that's how we ended the season. Guys are jumping in accordingly and rotating themselves. There really is no rhyme or reason to it," Wilson said. RB Jonathan Dwyer will enter training camp as No. 1 on the depth chart because he finished last season there.
Fantasy Tip: Le'Veon Bell is expected to be the frontrunner for the starting job at this point, but Dwyer and Isaac Redman will also be competing for the job. Bell could be a low-end No. 2 running back as well as a flex option depending on the matchup if he is the starter. Redman and Dwyer probably would be week flex options if one of them wins the starting job.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:03:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and Isaac Redman appear to be the only two running backs that are guaranteed a roster spot this season. RBs Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and LaRod Stephens-Howling could compete for two roster spots during camp.
Fri, 24 May 2013 10:00:44 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. is installing an outside zone, one-cut blocking scheme in organized team activities in favor of their old power and inside blocking scheme. The Steelers are changing their approach to take advantage of their big and nimble offensive line personnel. Pittsburgh got poor production from their running backs last year, and RB Jonathan Dwyer led the team in rushing with only 623 yards, the lowest total by a rusher in team history since Merrill Hoge ran for 810 in 1991. Bicknell had success with the blocking scheme with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. "We are going to be dedicated to the zone," RB Isaac Redman said. "We are still going to be a power team, but we are going to have this zone scheme in so we can keep the defense on its heels and keep them running."
Fantasy Tip: This new scheme should make Dwyer more productive, but many wonder if he has what it takes to be an every-down back in the NFL. Le'Veon Bell and Redman will spell him plenty, probably. Dwyer, as a result, is likely nothing more than a midrange No. 3 running back. Bell is worth a mid- to late-round pick, too.
Sun, 19 May 2013 11:51:59 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's chance at starting this season will be determined by how quickly he will be able to pick up the offense. If Bell struggles to learn the offense, RB Jonathan Dwyer or RB Isaac Redman could start.
Wed, 01 May 2013 13:23:01 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders said the team was not on the same page offensively, and that it was obvious, even though it was was not because of the running game. "I like Jonathan Dwyer. We had a new offensive coordinator. At times, we weren't on the same page. And that's obvious," Sanders said.
Wed, 01 May 2013 11:52:16 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman appears to have an edge over RB Jonathan Dwyer for the No. 2 running back job at this point.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:05:05 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers are believed to be looking to trade RB Jonathan Dwyer.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:54:59 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers consider RBs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer better suited as complementary backs and are looking to add a starting running back in the 2013 NFL Draft or free agency.
Fantasy Tip: The fantasy value of Redman and Dwyer would take big hits if they do become backups to another running back. They probably would still be in the mix for carries but their statuses will be better known later this offseason. The Steelers' No. 2 running back would have mild fantasy value.
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:49:50 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer signed his sixth-round tender Monday, March 11, for $1.323 million. Dwyer did not want to wait, and wanted to prove a point.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 12:57:51 -0800
The Pittsburgh Steelers have offered restricted free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer, RB Isaac Redman and DT Steve McLendon the lowest tender. Each player could receive a one-year deal worth $1.323 million if they signed their tender. The team could receive a sixth-round draft choice if they lost Dwyer and will have the right to match any offer Redman or McLendon receives this offseason.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:22:09 -0800
The Pittsburgh Steelers may offer the lowest tender to restricted free-agent RBs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer this offseason. The team could also decide to make an offer to only Redman.
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:46:01 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team needs better production from the running back position next season whether it be from the running backs on the roster or someone else. "Whether it's [RB Rashard Mendenhall] or [RB Jonathan Dwyer] or [RB Isaac Redman] or somebody else, we have to be better at that position, as well as others, but certainly at that position. In this offseason that's something we've got to look at and decide how we get better and who we get better with."
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:16:08 -0800
The Pittsburgh Steelers will search for a featured back, most likely through the draft, next season because they feel RBs Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Baron Batch are complementary backs at best. Batch should have an increased role next season after the team released RB Chris Rainey. Impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall is not expected to be retained.
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:27:40 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Baron Batch (forearm), who is recovering from a broken forearm, is the only halfback on the roster under contract for 2013. RBs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are restricted free agents, while RB Rashard Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent.
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:44:08 -0800
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to start next season with RB Isaac Redman or RB Jonathan Dwyer as their main running backs.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:59:56 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall is not expected to return to the team next season. General manager Kevin Colbert said Mendenhall's decision to skip a game this season was "unacceptable." The team isn't very happy with their other RBs, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, either.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:50:45 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer said he expects to start in the team's Week 16 game.
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:33:43 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team is happy with the rotation they have at running back right now. RB Jonathan Dwyer has started the last two games with RB Isaac Redman backing him up. The club will find a role for RB Rashard Mendenhall.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:25:38 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman led the team with 30 rushing yards on three carries in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys, and he had a 14-yard reception on his only catch. RB Jonathan Dwyer carried nine times for just 22 yards, but he was able to find the end zone.
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:27:38 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he isn't making any changes to the running back situation heading into Week 15. Expect RB Jonathan Dwyer to remain the starter.
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:45:27 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer led the team in rushing in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, but that isn't saying much. He had eight runs for 32 yards, while QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) was second with 31 yards on five rushes. RB Isaac Redman had two carries for no gain.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 20:14:41 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer carried 16 times for 49 yards and his first career touchdown in the Week 13 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He also had three receptions for eight yards.
Fantasy Tip: Offensive coordinator Todd Haley challenged Dwyer earlier in the week and he responded well. He had 19 touches to just nine for RB Isaac Redman with RB Rashard Mendenhall inactive. Dwyer is a solid low-end RB2 or flex play heading into Week 14 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:59:58 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley challenged RB Jonathan Dwyer this week to handle the bulk of the load without needing time to regroup. "Jonathan's got to show he can take the bulk of the carries without needing a break or taking a few plays off on the sideline," Haley said. "That will be kind of what defines Jonathan as his career moves forward. He's getting a great opportunity. We've been excited about some of the things he's done, and hopefully he goes in and takes this role seriously and won't let us take him off the field."
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:26:39 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer is atop the team's official depth chart. RB Rashard Mendenhall, who had two fumbles in Week 12, is now behind RB Isaac Redman.
Fantasy Tip: Despite the unfavorable report for Mendenhall, he should be retained in mostly every league. Depth chart placements aren't the be-all-end-all in terms of how a player is used, so Mendy could easily prove more valuable than Redman or even Dwyer eventually. The two fumbles in Week 12 may have lost him some trust points with the coaching staff, though. As the season winds down and Pittsburgh gets Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) back, this is turning into a RB situation to avoid.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:59:36 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer led the team with nine carries and 19 yards in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns, and he also lost a fumble. RB Chris Rainey carried five times for 17 yards, and added four catches for 15 yards, but too lost a fumble. RB Isaac Redman got in on the fumble parade, losing one, and he finished with two carries for seven yards while added one catch for 15 yards. RB Rashard Mendenhall had four totes for just six yards, and he fumbled twice, losing one.
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:18:22 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Mike Tomlin said he is not sure who will start the team's Week 12 game at running back. Tomlin is uncertain how he will divide the workload between RBs Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman (concussion), if healthy. Redman performed well on his concussion tests and could play.
Fantasy Tip: The three backs rotated early in Week 11 before Redman's injury in the first half; Mendenhall and Dwyer split the carries later in the game. Mendenhall would appear to be the favorite to start; however, Dwyer had a team-high 12 carries and 55 yards last week. This backfield situation needs to be closely monitored moving forward.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:38:33 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer carried 12 times for 55 yards in Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he added three catches for 26 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Dwyer saw 15 touches to 14 for RB Rashard Mendenhall, with RB Isaac Redman (concussion) carrying just once before departing with a concussion. Dwyer and Mendenhall are only worth using as a 'flex' fantasy option heading into Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:40:28 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles') is expected to start in Week 11. RB Isaac Redman is expected to serve as the short-yardage, third-down back. RB Jonathan Dwyer is expected to be the change-of-pace back.
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:22:57 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman said he expects RBs Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps) and Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles') to be active for Week 11 in addition to himself.