This writer is high on Dwyer but I like Mendenhall
Dwyer makes his case to remain the No. 1 back
Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:45 pm | Updated: 12:13 am, Mon Oct 29, 2012.
By Andrew Chiappazzi Times Sports Correspondent
PITTSBURGH — There was a time, not all that long ago, when Jonathan Dwyer was the odd man out.
As the Steelers went through training camp in 2011, it looked like the second-year running back from Georgia Tech was done with Pittsburgh. Rashard Mendenhall was the starter, Isaac Redman was the back-up and goal-line back, Mewelde Moore was the veteran and Baron Batch was the hot young rookie.
Then Batch went down for the year, Mendenhall was hurt in early October and Dwyer got his chance. Dwyer ran for 107 yards on 11 carries against Tennessee last October, and though he appeared in just two more games the rest of the way, it likely kept his hopes alive for playing for the Steelers in 2012.
“All the work and prayer and sacrifice is what this job is about,” Dwyer said. “Knowing that this is what I want to do the rest of my life, I’m going to do whatever I have to do to live my dream everyday.”
What Dwyer is doing is perhaps making Medenhall and Redman his back-ups. Dwyer had his second consecutive 100-yard game Sunday against Washington; his 17-carry, 107-yard performance was the first time a Pittsburgh running back had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Willie Parker in 2008. His teammates have noticed.
“I think it’s just a matter of him stepping up to the challenge,” guard Willie Colon said. “There’s so much talk about Mendenhall and Isaac, I think he understands this is his time and he’s making a campaign for being the No. 1 back and you have to proud of him.”
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