According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, running back Jonathan Dwyer isn’t a lock to make the Steelers final roster.
What had 10 legs and could not run in 2012? The Steelers five halfbacks. Their runners produced the fewest team yards (1,537) since 2003, and Jonathan Dwyer’s 623 yards were the lowest by their leading rusher since Merril Hoge had 610 in 1991. One of coordinator Todd Haley’s goals was to improve the ground game, and that remains a major one. Gone are Rashard Mendenhall and Chris Rainey. Added are rookie Le’Veon Bell and vet LaRod Stephens-Howling. Injuries contributed to the poor showing by the runners last season. Even though he led them, Dwyer is no lock to make the roster. Bell could claim the starting job before camp is out with his main competition Isaac Redman. Baron Batch and Stephens-Howling are candidates on third downs.
Dwyer flashed at times for the Steelers, but may not be good enough to win a roster spot this season.