PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has given the team’s injury riddled backfield some needed stability during preseason.
The former Georgia Tech star ran for 43 yards on eight carries against the Indianapolis Colts’ first-string defense in a 26-24 victory on Sunday night, cutting decisively between the tackles while looking comfortable in a featured role.
Dwyer leads the Steelers in rushing during the preseason while filling in for injured starters Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman. Mendenhall is out indefinitely as he recovers from offseason knee surgery while Redman has been slowed by a hip problem.
That’s left Dwyer to take most of the snaps with the first team as the Steelers try to adjust to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system, which is more run-heavy than one used by former Steelers coordinator Bruce Arians.