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K Train
07-02-2012, 02:04 PM
Steelers’ RB Dwyer intent on losing weight, increasing role
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Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has been in coach Mike Tomlin's doghouse for being overweight. Dwyer is set to be the backup running back to Isaac Redman when the Steelers start the season Sept. 9 in Denver. That is, if he comes into training camp in shape, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

“I am pretty sure he has gotten it now,” Redman said. “I feel a light bulb went off in his head, and he is going to come to camp ready to go.”

Dwyer’s actions are saying the same.

Prodded by two of the NFL’s best running backs in Maurice Jones-Drew and Matt Forte — they share the same agent — Dwyer will spend the next four weeks in North Miami Beach, Fla., at Pete Bommarito Performance Systems ensuring he will arrive at St. Vincent College on July 25 in the best shape of his life.

“They asked me to come down, and I see how successful they are and how the training is and felt it was a good idea,” Dwyer said. “I thought to myself that I would be a fool not to go train down there with them.”

“I am just realizing how much it takes to get where you are in this league and how hard you have to work and push yourself,” Dwyer said. “This is my year to prove something to myself, the league, to the organization, that I am worth more than what I was.”

Dwyer started workouts this week and will remain in Florida until the day before camp.

“I know if I come in at the weight I am supposed to be, I will be OK,” Dwyer said. “It is not anybody else’s responsibility to come into camp in shape. It is mine.”

“Dwyer has all the talent in the world,” Redman said. “He can run the ball; he can block; he can catch out of the backfield. With him, it is all about him being able to come to camp in shape.”

lol at the redman quote.


anyway, this is exciting if he can come in slimmed down for real this time he has a real shot at getting substantial carries. Hes probably the most complete back on the roster if he stays in shape and stays out of tomlins dog house


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BlitzburghRockCity
07-02-2012, 02:26 PM
I'm still surprised he showed up to mini camps so out of shape. I know he was injured and all that but man when you know that the starter is coming off of an ACL injury and you're likely penciled in as the main backup to Redman, you'd think that would be all the motivation you need to get ready.

Starks was huge coming off that neck problem a couple years ago and paid the price, I just hope the light comes on and stays on for Dwyer because he's got a great opportunity this season.

coldrolled
07-02-2012, 03:02 PM
He will be the starter week 3
- my guess

He has to much upside to be held back.. we really need him to be the antonio of the RB's

LatrobePA
07-02-2012, 06:08 PM
Not sure how to feel about Redman calling him out but my bet is like the the above post Dwyer will be the starter at some point this season..

BubbyBlister
07-02-2012, 08:20 PM
Good to hear he is getting his head on straight and good luck to Dwyer. Also props to Redman helping him.

HUNT4SEVEN
07-02-2012, 08:59 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/02/formerly-fat-steelers-jonathan-dwyer-shapes-up/ he lost 20 lbs so far down from 240-220 with Mendy out were gonna need him and Redman,man i'm excited for the season to start,i think this is gonna be a special season...:crossfingers::tt02:

steelersbabex25
07-02-2012, 09:57 PM
Shouldn't this be the goal of like...every football player??

Nolrog
07-03-2012, 07:34 AM
Dwyer will spend the next four weeks in North Miami Beach, Fla., at Pete Bommarito Performance Systems ensuring he will arrive at St. Vincent College on July 25 in the best shape of his life.

Based on this comment, he still doesn't quite get it. You can't work hard for 4 weeks and expect everything to be great. I bet Maurice Jones-Drew has been working his butt off since the season ended, which is why he is a great player.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-03-2012, 09:45 AM
“I know if I come in at the weight I am supposed to be, I will be OK,” Dwyer said. “It is not anybody else’s responsibility to come into camp in shape. It is mine.”

“Dwyer has all the talent in the world,” Redman said. “He can run the ball; he can block; he can catch out of the backfield. With him, it is all about him being able to come to camp in shape.”

I'm glad Redman called him out, somebody has too. When you're teammates bring your name out specifically for something that you need to work on, that says something. The Steelers players don't normally call each other out but somebody has to get this guys head out of the fridge and back focused on his career every day, not just in season.

I get that you want to relax in the offseason but after what happened in 2011, I'd never want to go through that again.

K Train
07-03-2012, 10:11 AM
Based on this comment, he still doesn't quite get it. You can't work hard for 4 weeks and expect everything to be great. I bet Maurice Jones-Drew has been working his butt off since the season ended, which is why he is a great player.

hes in good conditioning shape, he wants to trim down and 4 weeks is plenty of time for a RB of his size to do that. MJD spends much of the offseason recouping, the last month into the next month is around the time players kick it into high gear to get in shape for camp

connecticutsteel
07-04-2012, 05:45 PM
I'm still surprised he showed up to mini camps so out of shape. I know he was injured and all that but man when you know that the starter is coming off of an ACL injury and you're likely penciled in as the main backup to Redman, you'd think that would be all the motivation you need to get ready.

Starks was huge coming off that neck problem a couple years ago and paid the price, I just hope the light comes on and stays on for Dwyer because he's got a great opportunity this season.
especially with Batch and Rainey coming on

86WARD
07-04-2012, 06:02 PM
MJD has admitted that much...^^^.

Real Deal Steel
07-04-2012, 06:41 PM
Dwyer will be the starter bi mid-season

BlitzburghRockCity
07-05-2012, 09:47 AM
If JD is the starter by mid season then what we thought we had in Redman was probably way off base (unless it's injury related). It's funny though because you never know what events will transpire to get the right player on the field at the right time and shake up everything that you thought you knew.

Speeed
07-05-2012, 10:17 AM
That is one of the most intelligent statements regarding football I have ever heard. Too many people are blinded by their own opinions, "knowledge" and willpower for their team/favorite player to win and admitting anything other than total victory without blaming their own team or favorite player is absolutely unthinkable. Team rivalries are the best examples. The Steelers/Ravens rivalry is the perfect example. At this point we all know that any team could win one or both of those games. Excuses will be made, fingers will point, and proclamations of galactic domination will be made. But, we all know the truth - even winning both of those 2 games each season is luck more than anything, and unless the other team craps their pants the rest of the season.

This board, for the most part, keeps that to a minimum. And I hope both do so well we can split them 50/50 to keep the other team guessing!


If JD is the starter by mid season then what we thought we had in Redman was probably way off base (unless it's injury related). It's funny though because you never know what events will transpire to get the right player on the field at the right time and shake up everything that you thought you knew.

K Train
07-05-2012, 11:14 AM
If JD is the starter by mid season then what we thought we had in Redman was probably way off base (unless it's injury related). It's funny though because you never know what events will transpire to get the right player on the field at the right time and shake up everything that you thought you knew.
way off base or spot on? lol

im excited to see the battle for starting RB and primary backup, but i think 3rd down back battle could be pretty awesome between rainey and batch. i really wouldnt be surprised to see them both play a lot, rainey more out wide and as a KR/PR because im sure AB will only be doing occasional PR now and no KR

Black@Gold Forever32
07-05-2012, 12:12 PM
way off base or spot on? lol

im excited to see the battle for starting RB and primary backup, but i think 3rd down back battle could be pretty awesome between rainey and batch. i really wouldnt be surprised to see them both play a lot, rainey more out wide and as a KR/PR because im sure AB will only be doing occasional PR now and no KR

My opinion of Redman is I don't think he will be as good as some think he will but I do think he will be better then you think Train.....I think Redman can be a solid NFL RB but really there isn't anything special about him......As for Dwyer he will get his chance to with Mendenhall out......I think Dwyer is the wild card of the bunch and could be the best of the four healthy RB's......

As for the 3rd down RB.....I really can't see Rainey ever offering anything on 3rd down picking up the blitz or being much of blocker and I see those keys on why Batch makes the team but Rainey will have a role on the team.....I see Haley making him a weapon.......

Real Deal Steel
07-05-2012, 01:42 PM
If JD is the starter by mid season then what we thought we had in Redman was probably way off base (unless it's injury related). It's funny though because you never know what events will transpire to get the right player on the field at the right time and shake up everything that you thought you knew.

Your right! You can ask Arian Foster first hand about that!!

ChucktownSteeler
07-05-2012, 04:31 PM
I am really excited about this year's stable of running backs and improved O.L.

I can't wait.

C-town

BlitzburghRockCity
07-05-2012, 05:18 PM
That 3rd down battle is going to be a blast to watch. Batch is going to be gunning hard to show he's back from the injury but Rainy is going to give him all he's got. They won't keep both and I doubt either would last on the practice squad either. The running back battle is really Isaac Redman vs everyone else (to quote Chuck Finder from CBS Sports). At this point he's really the only one that we have some idea of in terms of his capabilities long term. Everyone else either barely played or hasn't played yet.

K Train
07-05-2012, 05:21 PM
i could see batch and rainey both making it

Real Deal Steel
07-05-2012, 05:38 PM
If Batch comes back to full health and looks great, and Rainy is everything we thought he'd be, and we can't keep both, so maybe then we'll have the chance down the way to trade one and pick up a pick or a player in an area of need.

K Train
07-05-2012, 05:43 PM
if batch ever plays a snap for the steelers he needs to make it happen this year, hes got the tools to be a good RB but we have seen nothing from him so far and theres too much competition at a somewhat expendable position he would be a victim of a numbers game. rainey will likely make the team as a specialist, i see him as a KR/PR/RB/WR in haleys offense, i think he makes the team regardless, haley LOVES a mismatch player like him

NorCalSteel
07-05-2012, 05:46 PM
All I ever see Dwyer do is get huge chunks of yards..lol. he didn't even start and ran for over 100 yards. I love Redman also he is a pounder. It would be nice to see what our running backs can do if the do not get hit or have to adjust there runs in the backfield this year..lol. Mendenhall clean through a hole would rush for 1500 yards easy..

coldrolled
07-05-2012, 05:58 PM
Dwyer has shown in a small amount of play that he can be a starter...

Batch is an unknown.. does he fumble in the nfl? Can he read the nfl blitzes.??

Redman has most things down, but if he is a full time back, does he fumble more when starting and getting tired?

Dwyer i think will take over..

Black@Gold Forever32
07-05-2012, 06:20 PM
Mendenhall begins the season on PUP......Redman, Dwyer, Batch, Rainey.....I think all four make the team....Now when Rashard is ready then one will have to go........

Real Deal Steel
07-05-2012, 08:39 PM
Ssssssssh..you guys are going to alert the rest of the league to our team. Keep it quiet please. :)

K Train
07-06-2012, 10:22 AM
Mendenhall begins the season on PUP......Redman, Dwyer, Batch, Rainey.....I think all four make the team....Now when Rashard is ready then one will have to go........

it really depends i think. if batch can play on ST like carey davis, gary russell and that bum frank summers he could still find a spot. and rainey could b ea primary returner and a 5th/6th WR...its not quite as cut and dry as keeping too many running backs, i would imagine one of them would be inactive once mendenhall comes back, but they couild find a role nonetheless.


i honestly dont know what to think about batch, he just5 didnt run the ball much at TT and we havent seen him yet. hes got a good attitude and good measurables but who really knows.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-07-2012, 08:16 PM
This running back battle in training camp is going to be something to watch. I agree it's not going to be as cut and dry as keeping x number of backs. If the coaches don't want Antonio Brown returning kicks as much then Sanders will be the main guy and having someone like Rainey there as an extra option could be his ticket to making the team if Batch impresses. Either way someone is going to be inactive but still hold a roster spot when Mendenhall comes back.

ChucktownSteeler
07-08-2012, 10:15 AM
I don't think Batch is that small. He can be more than a third down back.

Did Rainey have problems holding onto the rock at Florida?

C-town