The Cardinals Second Take On A Steelers Running Back In Free Agency


Aug 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) carries the ball as New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (74) and defensive tackle Marvin Austin (96) defend during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here comes another ex-Steeler to the Cardinal fold, running back Jonathan Dwyer. I guess it does not matter where they come from as long as they are productive when they get here, but for some reason I like this signing. Dwyer did not have much production in his 2013 season but has a lot of tread left on tires that have not been used much, and in the Cardinals system he will continue to be fresh and ready because he will be sharing the backfield with Andre Ellington and Stephan Taylor next year and his carries may be limited to power situations.

Dwyer only carried the ball for the Steelers last year 49 times for only 197 which points to short yardage assignments. I like this signing because Dwyer may have not hit the best he can be yet, at only 24 years of age there may be some potential not tapped into and Head coach Bruce Arians is just the guy to bring it out of him.

Dwyer, having spent two seasons under thee offensive tutelage of Coach Arians has the same advantage as the previous Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall did in knowing the offense. Dwyer is also getting the same opportunity as Mendenhall by getting  a one year deal to show case what he has. I don’t see Dwyer getting the same preferable treatment as Mendenhall because now the playing field is even with all of the running backs having one year of Arians system under their belts. This could be a  very good combination adding Dwyer and it makes a lot of sense and cost effective as well, that seems to be the Steve Keim Calling card.