Steelers' Dwyer Has Earned "Increased Opportunity"

Steelers' Dwyer has earned 'increased opportunity'

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Sept. 1, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) breaks out and runs the ball while playing against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIREPittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that running back Jonathan Dwyer has earned an "increased opportunity."

When speaking of the running game, Tomlin said he thinks the team is capable of better, and it seems that he believes Dwyer is the back who can take them to that next level while incumbent starter Rashard Mendenhall recovers from knee surgery.

"We're still going to play a number of people," Tomlin said. "Obviously I thought Jonathan Dwyer provided a spark plug and represented himself well."

Dwyer, a sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech, was by far the most impressive runner on Sunday night against the Broncos, averaging 4.8 yards on his nine carries, while starter Isaac Redman averaged 1.8, speedster Chris Rainey averaged 2.5, and Baron Batch ran once for a one yard loss.

Dwyer's longest run of the night was negated thanks to a questionable holding call, and he also scored a touchdown that was then overturned. He was also targeted four times, more than the other three running backs combined.

With Tomlin now on his side, Dwyer could be slated for a nice workload during Mendenhall's absence, despite Tomlin's assertion of using multiple backs.

From a fantasy football standpoint, Dwyer is now the back to own for those with Mendenhall riding the bench until he's healthy, and for anyone who needs a short term running back, Dwyer is certainly worth a pickup. He looks like a solid option this week against a Jets defense that just got shredded by CJ Spiller for 169 yards on more than 12 yards per carry. Isaac Redman isn't worth holding onto anymore.
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