Jonathan Dwyer has Got It
http://craigwolfley.com/By Craig Wolfley
He’s still the youngest running back in the running back meeting room that meets with Steelers RB coach Kirby Wilson. That despite this being his third year in the league. He’s had battles with his weight, and problems with his conditioning, yet he may well be the most instinctive back in that room, on a par with Rashard Mendenhall.
After the pre-season finale against Carolina, where he added another 63 yards on thirteen carries to pad his team leading rushing total to 147 yards on 28 carries with a nice 5.3 rushing average, Jonathan Dwyer has staked a claim to toting the pig’s bladder when the Steelers hit the “Rocky Mountain High” that Denver is currently experiencing in the advent of the Peyton Manning era.
Jonathan has had an outstanding pre-season. But it didn’t just happen in the games. Jon-boy got his weight where he wanted and got serious about his conditioning. There was a new found confidence and seriousness to his attitude and preparation. In other words, the young buck “got it,” as we old-timers like to say and the light came on for him. In lay terms, he’s matured.
What really intrigues me about Jonathan is his vision, the innate ability to anticipate the hole or cut before it’s actually there, his instinctive movement within the flow of a play, and how he has what Tunch Ilkin refers to as “pitter-patter” feet.
Thursday night against the Panthers Jonathan had a run on what we used to call a 15-straight. It’s a play where the back presses the front side LT and cuts off his block. Jonathan started left, then cut it all the way back to the outside of the right tackle ripping a 15-20-yard gain. But it was his vision and awareness where he turned his head all the way to the backside before he stopped pressing the keester of the LT and then made the cut. That takes some confidence in knowing what you’re doing.
On a another run earlier in the pre-season we got a glimpse of Dwyer’s innate movement within the flow of a play where he turned a run from a one or two yard loss into a four-five yard gain. In that quick little run, he cut back into the posse of defenders and ducked and weaved his way through three guys to get a positive run out of nothing. All that bobbing and weaving Jon did reminds me of a boxer, sitting in the pocket of his opponent (right in front of the guy) and making his opponent miss by creating movement without seemingly moving. Kind of a zen-thing.
And finally, Tunch Ilkin first described this to me as we were in a munch session and talking turkey. Jonathan’s got tapping shoes-type feet. He pitter-patters, rarely takes a direct hit with just one foot in the air and seems to be grounded on two feet when he makes contact. Think of Dwyer being the opposite of the long-striding Willie Parker.
Jon’s ability as a pass-catcher, as he demonstrated in Buffalo, will no doubt add to his attractiveness in getting some game time. But what i thought he showed even more promise is in his pass blocking. Starting with the first “Backs-on-Backers” drill up at camp, Jonathan displayed a new found willingness to stick his nose right in the mush of a hard charging linebacker.
Yeah, i think Jonathan Dwyer has got it.
I, too, think Dwyer's "got it," but did we really need another thread that tells us he's got it?
Hey, don't blame me; I didn't start it, but this article confirms what I predicted.
Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
He looked good against the Panthers. But wasn't most of his later yards against 2nd stringers? Still, he had some nifty moves. Let's see if he can go against 1st teamers and regular season speed.
I have never seen someone pat themselves on the back as much as this dude lloydroid.
actually, it doesn't...
Originally Posted by lloydroid
The regular season is the only thing that will confirm if Dwyer has it....
Mendenhall is coming back for game 1, maybe 2. Redman will carry the load for awhile, Mendenhall will spell him til he's ready to split time evenly. And as Rainey progresses throughout the year, he'll take the rest of the time.
Dwyer will get decreasing carries every week (6-8, 4, 2) and will vanish soon after. His only hope is injury to others, so I'm not wishing that on anyone.
We've had tons of preseason heros at the RB position. They did well on short needs, like Dwyer has done. But when the prime time comes they shrink on the workload. Its too much for guys like Dwyer. Keep him as a cheap low level support guy until the next one comes along.
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What you say may be true but I hope not. I'd love to see all of our backs be extremely successful ... Dwyer included.
Originally Posted by aggiebones
Oh I see, so when I asserted that JD was good, everyone was allowed to beat me down, saying he wasn't any good, and that was all cool. But when my prognostications come true, I'm supposed to never breath a word that I said this kid was a baller. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry, no dice. Can't have it both ways. I ain't stopping; I will continue to report on JD's progress. I have been saying this guy's got the skills since they drafted him.
Originally Posted by 8467thekraken
your prognostications have not come true! Someone else likes JD too, and wrote about it. Sorry bud, but that doesn't mean squat.
Originally Posted by lloydroid