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If there is one thing Jonathan Dwyerhttp://www.planetsteelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.planetsteelers.com/team/roster/jonathan-dwyer/5bfae686-9098-4bb3-85aa-bfd8c720d223/) learned last season it’s when opportunity knocks, you need to take advantage of it.

Dwyer, who was inactive for the Steelers first four games of the regular season last year, saw action against Tennessee week five when Rashard Mendenhallhttp://www.planetsteelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.planetsteelers.com/team/roster/rashard-mendenhall/3e1ac879-3146-46f4-946b-216532a371b1/) and Mewelde Moore were both injured. He responded with 11 carries for 107 yards, the team’s first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, and a 76-yard touchdown run.

Mendenhall is a spectator once again, missing OTAs and mini-camp, and also expected to miss training camp and possibly the beginning of the season after suffering an ACL injury in the regular season finale against the Browns last year. Isaac Redmanhttp://www.planetsteelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.planetsteelers.com/team/roster/isaac-redman/5250dc8c-d3c1-4001-9e55-b6c6d991bb84/) appears to be the odds on favorite to start when the season opens if Mendenhall can’t, but Dwyer, along with John Clayhttp://www.planetsteelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.planetsteelers.com/team/roster/john-clay/2ad92b91-f15f-48a6-b561-0841bb9dc6a8/), Baron Batchhttp://www.planetsteelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.planetsteelers.com/team/roster/baron-batch/b18ae6d7-8bc6-488c-b73e-d55d99d6e045/) and rookie Chris Raineyhttp://www.planetsteelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.planetsteelers.com/team/roster/chris-rainey/865dc012-8a62-44c7-9557-384ed26dd778/), will all be pushing for significant playing time.

“I am approaching it with the mindset of it’s an opportunity,” said Dwyer. “You have to learn as much as you can, work hard and prepare yourself for whatever your role may be. I am getting better each and every day. I understand the playbook better and the concepts of each play. I am trying to improve every day, and push myself and each other every day. I am prepared for everything that comes my way, whether it’s starting, being the back-up, whatever.”

Clay also understands that this could be a perfect time for him to step away from the pack and show the coaching staff what he is capable of. Clay had limited opportunities last year, spending the majority of his rookie season on the practice squad, but was activated in late December and scored on a 10-yard touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams in his first NFL game.

“There is an opportunity,” said Clay. “I have to prove it out here, show the coaches I am capable and willing to do anything I need to do to get out on the field. I just have to work on the little details, making sure when I do get my block that I have confidence that I got it, that I am not second guessing that this is or isn’t my man. I have to show them that and produce every time I get the chance to run with the ball.”

After getting that taste of playing in the NFL, Clay said he is willing to do whatever is asked of him in the offense, with his hope to become a complete back that can provide key yardage on first or third down or catch a pass out of the backfield.

“You get the taste of it and you don’t want to give it back,” said Clay. “It’s a goal and dream I always had to play in the NFL. Scoring a touchdown I got to do that. I am just looking forward to pursuing my goal, my dream. I want to do more.”

Dwyer is feeling the same way. After his performance against Tennessee he saw limited action the rest of the season and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 8 with a foot injury.

“It makes the hunger greater,” said Dwyer. “You get a taste of something and you want more of it, especially if it’s something you love and desire to do. I want to keep working and do the best I can and help myself be the best person and player I can be.”

The third-year player learned a lot about himself and what it takes to be a professional. He reported to camp last season admittedly out of shape after the lockout, but knows that can’t happen again.

“I have become more mature and understand the business aspect of it more, becoming a pro, taking care of my body and being in shape,” said Dwyer. “I am trying to take care of that. I am not in my best shape yet, but I am doing extra things. I am making sure I put extra time into helping myself, by doing that it’s going to help me. I feel better than where I was last year and in a better situation going into camp.

“I punished myself and hurt myself and the team last year. The people here have high expectations for me and I have high expectations for myself. I want to help get us to New Orleans and win a championship. I want to put myself in the best situation to help myself and the team as well. I need to do what I am doing now and more, put more time in, eat right, do extra workouts, take care of my body and study. I know if I take care of those things God will take care of the rest.”

Clay is also taking advantage of this offseason to get in shape. With the lockout last year he went into training camp not knowing fully what to expect. With the offseason program this year, it’s a whole new ballgame and he is hoping it pays dividends.

“Experiencing an offseason this year is much better,” said Clay. “It motivated me to get myself in the best shape I can, get ready to come in and run right away.”












With a newly re-vamped line and new running schemes, these two guys could indeed contribute this year.

RuthlessBurgher
06-13-2012, 04:10 PM
If Mendenhall were healthy, I likely wouldn't keep either of these guys (I'd prefer Mendenhall, Redman, Batch, Rainey, and Will Johnson as a fullback). Dwyer seemed to have promise coming out of Ga Tech (I was admittedly excited when he fell to us in round 6...I would have actually drafted him earlier), but it's simply not a good sign for a skill position player in a professional sport to not be able to keep himself in shape year-round (OL and DL with pot bellies are one thing, but if you are a RB with a pot, you better have remarkable feet like the Bus, and Dwyer ain't anywhere close to that level). And Clay just looks slow to me (reminds me of a Ron Dayne like relic...not a fan of big lumbering Badger RB's in today's NFL). Mendenhall and Redman are much better all-around backs and Batch and Rainey are much more dynamic athletes who seem to fit our new offense better. As it stands now, though, these two guys may be battling each other for a roster spot (but may not make it through the end of October if Mendenhall is ready to return from the PUP by then).

flippy
06-13-2012, 05:47 PM
If Mendenhall were healthy, I likely wouldn't keep either of these guys (I'd prefer Mendenhall, Redman, Batch, Rainey, and Will Johnson as a fullback). Dwyer seemed to have promise coming out of Ga Tech (I was admittedly excited when he fell to us in round 6...I would have actually drafted him earlier), but it's simply not a good sign for a skill position player in a professional sport to not be able to keep himself in shape year-round (OL and DL with pot bellies are one thing, but if you are a RB with a pot, you better have remarkable feet like the Bus, and Dwyer ain't anywhere close to that level). And Clay just looks slow to me (reminds me of a Ron Dayne like relic...not a fan of big lumbering Badger RB's in today's NFL). Mendenhall and Redman are much better all-around backs and Batch and Rainey are much more dynamic athletes who seem to fit our new offense better. As it stands now, though, these two guys may be battling each other for a roster spot (but may not make it through the end of October if Mendenhall is ready to return from the PUP by then).

I was thinking I might be the only one not big on Dwyer or Clay.

I'd love to see Batch and Rainey pass them on the depth chart quickly.

The thing about RBs though is you never know when one will get hurt. So we're gonna be forced to keep one if not both of them around. Ugh.

Although I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by Dwyer when he got real playing time. He played better than my expectations. Unlike you, I wasn't ever a fan of drafting him :)

hawaiiansteel
06-29-2012, 08:36 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Competition: RB John Clay vs. RB Jonathan Dwyer

by Neal Coolong on Jun 29, 2012

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We highlighted the speed backs Thursday, with Baron Batch and Chris Rainey squaring off.

Now it's time for the larger horses to bump noses.

Jonathan Dwyer, listed at 229 (some say that's a bit light) and John Clay, listed at 248, both got carries last year. Dwyer's highlight being a 79-yarder he broke off against Tennessee, and Clay's being a solid 10-carry effort against St. Louis. They stand apart due to that experience, even for as slight as it may be in comparison to the two prize guys, Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.

The issue is weight.

Dwyer's been ripped for his apparent weight issues, even admitting he "messed up" when speaking to Time-Online reporter Mike Bires in August, 2011.

But the expectations for Dwyer have been high, which is perhaps why he's dedicating himself more to getting into shape.

Clay didn't look as big as he is when he was running last season, which is a good sign. He's as green as Batch and Rainey, though, and wouldn't have played last season if not for an injury to Mewelde Moore. Then Mendenhall. Eventually Dwyer went down as well.

The paradox with the group is their size, without question. However, the main issue with back-up running backs is how they define themselves as blockers. Sub package backs not only need to be willing to block, but must be able. It's not all about size, and it's not all about a guy's desire to get in there and lower the boom on a blitzer.

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley's past suggests the running backs should all prepared to be as versatile as possible if they want to make the roster; carrying, running, cutting, catching and blocking. For Clay and Dwyer, they've shown at least some ability to carry the ball successfully at this level. To round out the unit as a whole, they have to set themselves apart as pass catchers and blockers.

It looks like there are six running backs competing for four positions. Mendenhall and Redman are locks, so the remaining four will fight for the remaining two spots. Each of them have something making them unique. Dwyer has experience, Clay has size, Rainey has special teams ability and Batch has skill and desire to block. Not that any of them don't possess any other traits, but heading into training camp, those are the attributes defining them.

Dwyer must come into camp in tip-top shape. Clay will have to improve his all around game. This is mostly because of the versatility Batch and Rainey have.

Dwyer is also the one without any practice squad eligibility. That is something that could end up playing in his favor.

We could mix the four of these guys backward and forward, and come up with a different decision.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/29/3125571/pittsburgh-steelers-training-camp-competition-rb-john-clay-vs-rb

RuthlessBurgher
07-02-2012, 09:12 AM
Formerly fat, Steelers’ Jonathan Dwyer shapes up
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 2, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer isn’t fat anymore, and that could be big news for the backfield in Pittsburgh.

Weight problems have plagued Dwyer since before he was in the NFL: He showed up out of shape at the 2010 Scouting Combine and slipped to the sixth round of the draft, and he showed up overweight at training camp last year and failed the team’s conditioning test. That’s part of the reason Dwyer has been limited to just eight games and 25 carries in two NFL seasons.

But Dwyer says he has lost 20 pounds from his high of 240 and is in better shape, and that with starting running back Rashard Mendenhall likely to miss the start of the season with a torn ACL, Dwyer is ready to play a significant part in the Steelers’ offense.

“I am just realizing how much it takes to get where you are in this league and how hard you have to work and push yourself,” Dwyer told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This is my year to prove something to myself, the league, to the organization, that I am worth more than what I was.”

Dwyer, who is No. 2 on the depth chart behind Isaac Redman while Mendenhall is down, says he’ll be ready for as many carries as the Steelers give him this year.

“I know if I come in at the weight I am supposed to be, I will be OK,” Dwyer said. “It is not anybody else’s responsibility to come into camp in shape. It is mine.”

With Mendenhall down, the Steelers need Dwyer to be in shape and ready for a lot of carries from Day One.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/02/formerly-fat-steelers-jonathan-dwyer-shapes-up/

Jooser
07-02-2012, 09:20 AM
I just read that article RB, that's good news as far as I'm concerned. He just might surprise us this season. Besides, since with our new golf coach calling the shots on offense and ignoring Ben with his yinzer running game, we need all the healthy, in-shape RB's we can find. :D

Ghost
07-02-2012, 09:42 AM
Different type runners but I'm much more excited to see what Batch can do than Dwyer. It'd be great if Dwyer came in and surprised since they will need him with the RM injury but it's always been disappointing that a 6th round draft choice treated his opportunity as if he just had to show up to make the team. Dude treated the off season as if he was Casey Hampton putting on weight to take on lineman instead of needing to run fast. Head scratching stupidity.

Clay is the odd man out. Dwyer has no PS eligibility, there's no way Rainey goes to the PS (I think unless something crazy happens he's a lock) and if Batch's knee is good; I think he'd get grabbed off the PS quickly as well.

Oviedo
07-02-2012, 10:20 AM
Different type runners but I'm much more excited to see what Batch can do than Dwyer. It'd be great if Dwyer came in and surprised since they will need him with the RM injury but it's always been disappointing that a 6th round draft choice treated his opportunity as if he just had to show up to make the team. Dude treated the off season as if he was Casey Hampton putting on weight to take on lineman instead of needing to run fast. Head scratching stupidity.

Clay is the odd man out. Dwyer has no PS eligibility, there's no way Rainey goes to the PS (I think unless something crazy happens he's a lock) and if Batch's knee is good; I think he'd get grabbed off the PS quickly as well.

I agre. Clay goes to the PS. They won't lose Dwyer for Clay unless Clay blows them away in camp.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
07-03-2012, 10:05 AM
Just read this article on Dwyer.

http://triblive.com/sports/2101567-85/dwyer-camp-redman-steelers-training-season-shape-weight-isaac-jonathan

Without posting the whole thing, the thing that stuck out for me is that he will be going to the same training facility as Forte, MJD, McCoy, Stewart, Gore, and Bradshaw. If this kid finally sees the value in training and being in shape then we have to begin evaluating him all over again because he could become a brand new player - the one who was rated as one of the top backs prior to his combine when he came in overweight.

Oviedo
07-03-2012, 10:08 AM
Just read this article on Dwyer.

http://triblive.com/sports/2101567-85/dwyer-camp-redman-steelers-training-season-shape-weight-isaac-jonathan

Without posting the whole thing, the thing that stuck out for me is that he will be going to the same training facility as Forte, MJD, McCoy, Stewart, Gore, and Bradshaw. If this kid finally sees the value in training and being in shape then we have to begin evaluating him all over again because he could become a brand new player - the one who was rated as one of the top backs prior to his combine when he came in overweight.

Let's hope Dwyer comes in at top condition. If he does he will push Redman because Dwyer has much more natural ability.

RuthlessBurgher
07-03-2012, 10:30 AM
Let's hope Dwyer comes in at top condition. If he does he will push Redman because Dwyer has much more natural ability.

The difference is that Redman is hungry for the football while Dwyer is hungry for Twinkies and nachos. Hopefully, that has changed, but the proof will be in the pudding (if Dwyer hasn't eaten the pudding yet, of course). ;)

grotonsteel
07-03-2012, 10:47 AM
The difference is that Redman is hungry for the football while Dwyer is hungry for Twinkies and nachos. Hopefully, that has changed, but the proof will be in the pudding (if Dwyer hasn't eaten the pudding yet, of course). ;)

+1

Dwyer has more talent than Redman but he has no will to play football. Dwyer is training with AB84 this offseason hopefully he shows up in gr8 shape for TC and has a breakout year.

Oviedo
07-03-2012, 12:05 PM
I would not be so quick to criticize Dwyers lack of will unless you guys actually know him. If he lacked will he wouldn't even try to play in the NFL.

IMO it is just a case of being "young and dumb." Even in the industry I work in kids out of college feel that they are prepared for the professional work force. It takes about 1-2 years for them to figure that they aren't and that they have to go back to school or learn new skills. I think this is Dwyer's case. He made the team out of college doing what he typically did in the off season. He had his second off season and still made the team with the same level of off season prep and natural ability. Now he has figured that the same old thing won't work and to his credit maybe through increased maturity he realizes he has to do more and he is doing it.

How has he been different than Redman when he came in out of shape his first year and begged to get taken out of a pre-season game and now look he is the second coming of Jerome Bettis to many. Redman got it a year earlier than Dwyer but he also had the benefit of supervised workouts after his first season that Dwyer didn't. IMO Dwyer will be very good this year. Time will tell.

BradshawsHairdresser
07-03-2012, 12:15 PM
I would not be so quick to criticize Dwyers lack of will unless you guys actually know him. If he lacked will he wouldn't even try to play in the NFL.

IMO it is just a case of being "young and dumb." Even in the industry I work in kids out of college feel that they are prepared for the professional work force. It takes about 1-2 years for them to figure that they aren't and that they have to go back to school or learn new skills. I think this is Dwyer's case. He made the team out of college doing what he typically did in the off season. He had his second off season and still made the team with the same level of off season prep and natural ability. Now he has figured that the same old thing won't work and to his credit maybe through increased maturity he realizes he has to do more and he is doing it.

How has he been different than Redman when he came in out of shape his first year and begged to get taken out of a pre-season game and now look he is the second coming of Jerome Bettis to many. Redman got it a year earlier than Dwyer but he also had the benefit of supervised workouts after his first season that Dwyer didn't. IMO Dwyer will be very good this year. Time will tell.

If Dwyer plays up to his potential, and Redman does as well as I think he will, and Rainey and Batch truly are the versatile weapons they project to be...then Mendenhall might as well start looking for a new team now.

Djfan
07-03-2012, 12:38 PM
If Dwyer plays up to his potential, and Redman does as well as I think he will, and Rainey and Batch truly are the versatile weapons they project to be...then Mendenhall might as well start looking for a new team now.

I agree with this 100%

Slapstick
07-03-2012, 01:03 PM
I would not be so quick to criticize Dwyers lack of will unless you guys actually know him. If he lacked will he wouldn't even try to play in the NFL.

IMO it is just a case of being "young and dumb." Even in the industry I work in kids out of college feel that they are prepared for the professional work force. It takes about 1-2 years for them to figure that they aren't and that they have to go back to school or learn new skills. I think this is Dwyer's case. He made the team out of college doing what he typically did in the off season. He had his second off season and still made the team with the same level of off season prep and natural ability. Now he has figured that the same old thing won't work and to his credit maybe through increased maturity he realizes he has to do more and he is doing it.

How has he been different than Redman when he came in out of shape his first year and begged to get taken out of a pre-season game and now look he is the second coming of Jerome Bettis to many. Redman got it a year earlier than Dwyer but he also had the benefit of supervised workouts after his first season that Dwyer didn't. IMO Dwyer will be very good this year. Time will tell.

Please.

Redman was an undrafted free agent and Dwyer was originally projected as a top 30 talent that fell to the sixth round...

If that kind of precipitous drop doesn't get through to you, then perhaps something else is wrong...

With luck, you are correct about Dwyer and he is finally coming around...

People like Redman because he gets it done. He earned more opportunities as he developed and got it done in a big way when given the opportunity after Mendenhall was injured...

Dwyer himself was injured last year, so he was not able to take advantage of the opportunity to shine in the spotlight as Redman did...

Sugar
07-03-2012, 05:48 PM
In Dwyer's defense, he probably thought (as many did) that his drop on draft day was more due to the style of offense he played on at GT and the fact that the NFL looks at RB's as a commodity unless they are really special. If I recall, he also had some injury concerns as well. Hopefully, he gets what being a pro is all about now. There are few better locker rooms in the NFL right now, so that could help him in ways that wouldn't if had been drafted by the Bears or Buc's or something.

hawaiiansteel
07-04-2012, 03:29 AM
Jonathan Dwyer Says He Isn’t Fat Anymore, Has Lost Weight

July 2, 2012
By Josh Dhani, Founder

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Jonathan Dwyer has struggled with weight problems since entering the NFL. His stock fell to the sixth round after he came up out of shape in 2010 Scouting Combine. Dwyer then showed up overweight to training camp last year and has failed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ conditioning tests.

The 22-year-old hasn’t seen much playing time due to that reason. Last year, he ran for 123 yards off of 16 carries. However, with Rashard Mendenhall most likely to start the season on the PUP list due to his torn ACL, Dwyer will be seeing a lot more playing time, but he looks to drop the weight.

However, Dwyer claims he has lost 20 pounds this off-season and is in much better shape after pushing up to 240 last season.

“I am just realizing how much it takes to get where you are in this league and how hard you have to work and push yourself,” Dwyer told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This is my year to prove something to myself, the league, to the organization, that I am worth more than what I was.”

With Mendenhall out, him and Isaac Redman will be sharing carries. As the No. 2 running back on the roster, Dwyer is ready for as many carries as he can get.

“I know if I come in at the weight I am supposed to be, I will be OK,” Dwyer said. “It is not anybody else’s responsibility to come into camp in shape. It is mine.”

Dwyer is in shape, we’ll see how he does.

http://network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_external/jonathan_dwyer_says_he_isnt_fat_anymore_has_lost_w eight/11137757

ikestops85
07-05-2012, 10:50 AM
I would not be so quick to criticize Dwyers lack of will unless you guys actually know him. If he lacked will he wouldn't even try to play in the NFL.

IMO it is just a case of being "young and dumb." Even in the industry I work in kids out of college feel that they are prepared for the professional work force. It takes about 1-2 years for them to figure that they aren't and that they have to go back to school or learn new skills. I think this is Dwyer's case. He made the team out of college doing what he typically did in the off season. He had his second off season and still made the team with the same level of off season prep and natural ability. Now he has figured that the same old thing won't work and to his credit maybe through increased maturity he realizes he has to do more and he is doing it.

How has he been different than Redman when he came in out of shape his first year and begged to get taken out of a pre-season game and now look he is the second coming of Jerome Bettis to many. Redman got it a year earlier than Dwyer but he also had the benefit of supervised workouts after his first season that Dwyer didn't. IMO Dwyer will be very good this year. Time will tell.

I think it's funny that you are saying it takes guys 1 - 2 years before they get it. I guess that isn't true for defensive players.
:stirpot

There is a big difference between how Redman showed up for camp and how Dwyer showed up for camp. Dwyer couldn't even complete the beginning running drill. Redman wanted out of a game where he was gashing the defense and his exercised induced asthma kicked in. Not that it's an excuse but Redman even said there is a difference being in shape and being in NFL shape. He learned very quickly. He also has never lacked in effort ... the same cannot be said for Dwyer.

Dwyer hasn't learned very quickly. I'm anxious to see if he has this year. I hope so and I hope he turns out to be a great back. That way we will have 2 great backs with him and Redman and set for many years to come.

grotonsteel
07-05-2012, 11:30 AM
“I am just realizing how much it takes to get where you are in this league and how hard you have to work and push yourself,” Dwyer told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This is my year to prove something to myself, the league, to the organization, that I am worth more than what I was.”



Is this his contract year?:cool:

feltdizz
07-05-2012, 03:55 PM
In Dwyer's defense, he probably thought (as many did) that his drop on draft day was more due to the style of offense he played on at GT and the fact that the NFL looks at RB's as a commodity unless they are really special. If I recall, he also had some injury concerns as well. Hopefully, he gets what being a pro is all about now. There are few better locker rooms in the NFL right now, so that could help him in ways that wouldn't if had been drafted by the Bears or Buc's or something.

..and to prove everyone wrong he came to camp fat... I think it's more than the offense he was in... he obviously has some motivation issues and hopefully he has turned the corner.

Ben dropped to 11 and he still has a chip on his shoulder... Dwyer lasted 6 rounds and went to Golden Coral to celebrate... I guess he ate the chip on his shoulder.

feltdizz
07-05-2012, 03:58 PM
I think it's funny that you are saying it takes guys 1 - 2 years before they get it. I guess that isn't true for defensive players.
:stirpot

There is a big difference between how Redman showed up for camp and how Dwyer showed up for camp. Dwyer couldn't even complete the beginning running drill. Redman wanted out of a game where he was gashing the defense and his exercised induced asthma kicked in. Not that it's an excuse but Redman even said there is a difference being in shape and being in NFL shape. He learned very quickly. He also has never lacked in effort ... the same cannot be said for Dwyer.

Dwyer hasn't learned very quickly. I'm anxious to see if he has this year. I hope so and I hope he turns out to be a great back. That way we will have 2 great backs with him and Redman and set for many years to come.

Well it depends on who we are talking about... Dwyer was "drafted" and went to an ACC school so all he has to do is "lose a few pounds in his 3rd year to be awesome.

RuthlessBurgher
07-05-2012, 04:23 PM
Well it depends on who we are talking about... Dwyer was "drafted" and went to an ACC school so all he has to do is "lose a few pounds in his 3rd year to be awesome.

My money is on the undrafted future UPS driver from Bowie State.

Crash
07-05-2012, 06:42 PM
Ben only dropped thanks to the Raiders and Browns. What many people fail to admit, is that most of the top 10 had their QBs already.

You knew Dennis Green was going to pick Fitz because he'd known him for years.

feltdizz
07-06-2012, 09:25 AM
I apologies to the board for using Ben as an example of a guy dropping and using it as motivation. I should have known using HIS name would open the door to the cockpit for another hijacking attempt.

Ask the water bottle in the green room if Ben cared about the other teams who already thought they had their QB's...

phillyesq
07-06-2012, 10:25 AM
I apologies to the board for using Ben as an example of a guy dropping and using it as motivation. I should have known using HIS name would open the door to the cockpit for another hijacking attempt.

Ask the water bottle in the green room if Ben cared about the other teams who already thought they had their QB's...

See what you've done now -- we're going to have easily a 10 page thread on the issue... :D

Captain Lemming
07-06-2012, 11:13 AM
I apologies to the board for using Ben as an example of a guy dropping and using it as motivation. I should have known using HIS name would open the door to the cockpit for another hijacking attempt.

Where oh where is that "tsk tsk" smilley. :)

Crash
07-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Ask the water bottle in the green room if Ben cared about the other teams who already thought they had their QB's...

Ben didn't throw the water bottle. The late Terry Hoeppener did.

phillyesq
07-06-2012, 03:37 PM
Ben didn't throw the water bottle. The late Terry Hoeppener did.

Who cares??? And how is it related to Dwyer or Clay?

Jooser
07-06-2012, 04:21 PM
Philly, Dwyer and Clay want to take handoffs from Ben and steal his opportunity with YINZER BALL, don't you know that? geeez ;)

hawaiiansteel
07-09-2012, 01:28 AM
Running Back Jonathan Dwyer Could Push Isaac Redman for Playing Time in the Pittsburgh Steelers Backfield

Submitted by Syndicated sources on July 8, 2012

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers creep toward the opening of training camp, everything remains quiet. In fact, the only news to come out recently is the lack of progress between the team and wide receiver Mike Wallace in his contract situation. When camp finally opens on July 27, one position everyone will be watching is running back. While we have written about the potential Baron Batch could bring to the offense, it is another player who could really push Isaac Redman for playing time early in the season in Rashard Medenhall’s absence. That player is Jonathan Dwyer.Of course, Redman deserves first crack at the starting position after a solid campaign in 2011. The 6-0, 230-pound fan favorite runs like a bull and performed well in spot duty recording 479 yards (4.4 YPC) and three touchdowns with his limited reps. However, as with everything on the Steelers, he will still have to earn his playing time and must play with the edge that helped him rise from undrafted rookie free agent to playoff starter.

One player who also flashed some potential in 2011 was Dwyer, who recorded his first 100-yard performance early in the season. For some fans, Dwyer has not developed as they had hoped after the Steelers drafted him out of Georgia Tech. Maybe they are right, but he did come from a triple-option attack that is the farthest thing from a pro style offense, and did need an acclamation period.

Sure, Dwyer did not endear himself to some fans when he came into camp out of shape last season after the lockout, but something changed early in training camp and Dwyer appeared to be on his way until being injured during the 2011 season. Blessed with a solid combination of size, speed and power, the 5-11, 235-pound bruiser may finally be ready to excel in the Steelers system and more importantly may finally have a chance to compete.

Even if Dwyer cannot unseat Redman for early playing time, he should be a perfect compliment as the lead back up as he has many of the same characteristics and skills as Redman. Something the team could use as they try to wear opposing defenses down in the running game.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/running_back_jonathan_dwyer_could_push_isaac_redma n_for_playing_time_in_the_pittsburgh_steelers_back field/11179276

Oviedo
07-09-2012, 07:32 AM
Running Back Jonathan Dwyer Could Push Isaac Redman for Playing Time in the Pittsburgh Steelers Backfield

Submitted by Syndicated sources on July 8, 2012

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers creep toward the opening of training camp, everything remains quiet. In fact, the only news to come out recently is the lack of progress between the team and wide receiver Mike Wallace in his contract situation. When camp finally opens on July 27, one position everyone will be watching is running back. While we have written about the potential Baron Batch could bring to the offense, it is another player who could really push Isaac Redman for playing time early in the season in Rashard Medenhall’s absence. That player is Jonathan Dwyer.Of course, Redman deserves first crack at the starting position after a solid campaign in 2011. The 6-0, 230-pound fan favorite runs like a bull and performed well in spot duty recording 479 yards (4.4 YPC) and three touchdowns with his limited reps. However, as with everything on the Steelers, he will still have to earn his playing time and must play with the edge that helped him rise from undrafted rookie free agent to playoff starter.

One player who also flashed some potential in 2011 was Dwyer, who recorded his first 100-yard performance early in the season. For some fans, Dwyer has not developed as they had hoped after the Steelers drafted him out of Georgia Tech. Maybe they are right, but he did come from a triple-option attack that is the farthest thing from a pro style offense, and did need an acclamation period.

Sure, Dwyer did not endear himself to some fans when he came into camp out of shape last season after the lockout, but something changed early in training camp and Dwyer appeared to be on his way until being injured during the 2011 season. Blessed with a solid combination of size, speed and power, the 5-11, 235-pound bruiser may finally be ready to excel in the Steelers system and more importantly may finally have a chance to compete.

Even if Dwyer cannot unseat Redman for early playing time, he should be a perfect compliment as the lead back up as he has many of the same characteristics and skills as Redman. Something the team could use as they try to wear opposing defenses down in the running game.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/running_back_jonathan_dwyer_could_push_isaac_redma n_for_playing_time_in_the_pittsburgh_steelers_back field/11179276

I'd love for Dwyer to step it up and reduce the total number of carries that Redman has to have. It would also give the Steelers huge leverage and options in contract discussions with Mendy.

Crash
07-09-2012, 12:11 PM
Again, as I said months ago, if Dwyer shows up in shape, and is given a legitimate chance to win the job? He will.

feltdizz
07-09-2012, 02:46 PM
Again, as I said months ago, if Dwyer shows up in shape, and is given a legitimate chance to win the job? He will.

I seriously doubt he will win the starting job even if he comes in ripped and ready to go.

Slapstick
07-09-2012, 03:09 PM
I have no doubt that Dwyer will be given an opportunity to compete if he shows something...

I just doubt that he shows something...

I hope I'm wrong.

hawaiiansteel
07-09-2012, 03:13 PM
I have no doubt that Dwyer will be given an opportunity to compete if he shows something...

I just doubt that he shows something...

I hope I'm wrong.


I believe Dwyer will show enough to make the team, but not enough to start over Redman.

RuthlessBurgher
07-09-2012, 03:21 PM
I think Dwyer lucked out with Mendenhall getting hurt late last year.

I think, if Mendenhall were fully healthy, then our RB corps would be Mendenhall, Redman, Batch, and Rainey...with Dwyer on the outside looking in. But since Mendenhall may not be ready until mid-season or so, Dwyer gets a stay of execution.

hawaiiansteel
08-04-2012, 08:36 PM
Goal line drill a highlight of practice

Sat. Aug. 4, 2012
Teresa Varley - Steelers.com

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Steelers running back John Clay goes over the top to score during goal line drill Saturday during practice at St. Vincent College.

One of the highlights of Steelers training camp is the goal line drill, and on Saturday afternoon the team didn’t disappoint the fans gathered at St. Vincent College to watch.

“We did good, spirited work today,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We worked in the areas of short yardage and goal line. It was a good start in that area. I liked the energy and enthusiasm and competitive spirit of the men.

“Of course it was not perfect. I didn’t expect it to be. We’ll make the corrections and continue to move forward with our team development.”

The offense scored three times, with Jonathan Dwyer running it in and Byron Leftwich hitting Leonard Pope for a score. The highlight for the offense was when John Clay leaped right over the middle of the pile for a touchdown.

“He’s playing to his size, which is good,” said Tomlin of Clay. “It is one thing to be a big back but it’s another thing to play with that demeanor. When given the opportunity he’s shown that he’s playing with that demeanor, which is a good thing on the goal line. But he also did a nice job in short yardage and other areas as well.”

But it was the defense that won the first goal line drill of camp, without many defensive starters in on it.

“I take a lot of pride in it,” said Damon Cromartie-Smith, one of the defensive standouts. “Troy (Polamalu) came out trying to hype the guys up, saying this is the difference between a lot of the guys making the team and not making the team. He fired us up and wanted us to get out there and fly around.

“I am just trying to be an inspiration to all of the guys trying to make the team.”

* * *

The Steelers first two draft picks this year, guard David DeCastro and tackle Mike Adams, both worked with the first team offensive line in practice.

“He’s been doing a nice job of representing himself,” said Tomlin of DeCastro. “We’ll see where it goes. I wasn’t looking at him directly. I was looking at everyone, so I don’t really have a fair assessment of his performance particularly in that area today with the first team. We’ll take a look at it tonight.”

Tomlin also spoke about Adams after practice.

“He has been doing a nice job. He’s earned those snaps and we’ll continue to evaluate him. Again, he’s far from ready.”

* * *

On the injury front quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left practice before the goal line drill after someone stepped on his foot. Roethlisberger stood on the sidelines watching the drill with ice on his foot and Tomlin said he is fine.

Tomlin’s injury update: “Ryan Baker has an ankle injury, and Brandon Johnson has an ankle injury. We’ll take a look at those guys. Willie Colon wasn’t able to go today. His ankle got rolled up on in the drill. I think he stayed down for a moment or two. But it could be characterized as day-to-day at this point. Isaac Redman wasn’t able to go today but we’ll still characterize those guys as day-to-day with the injuries they sustained last night at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Goal-line-drill-a-highlight-of-practice/1173ea8c-04bc-4b0c-93b5-83694b3d7044

hawaiiansteel
08-06-2012, 08:17 PM
Clay ready to do whatever is asked

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 6, 2012

Running back John Clay came into camp a little bit lighter this year and in better condition wanting to show that he is ready to do whatever is asked of him in the Steelers offense.

“I just wanted to get myself in condition, get prepared,” said Clay, who leaped over defenders to score on the goal line drill on Saturday. “Last year we got thrown into the fire because of the whole lockout. This year getting a chance to have OTAs, getting to know the system really helped out.”

Clay also spent time working on the various aspects of his game, proving he can be an all-around back.

“I can be on the field longer, helping myself, giving myself a chance to be on the field,” said Clay. “I’ve worked on my blocking. Technique-wise it’s good. I just have to get a chance to do it and show them in a game. I am catching every ball. I am showing them I can be the first or third down back if I need to be.”

The competition at running back is tough this year, with Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch, Chris Rainey and Clay all fighting for time with Rashard Mendenhall still sidelined.

“It’s going to be who comes out and shows what they can do in the preseason,” said Clay. “I have to make sure I know my assignments, stay in the playbook, and do a good job on special teams.”

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