Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/2/13
The Steelers finally ran out of patience with Jonathan Dwyer tired of his lack of dedication to his craft. In less than a week the team's leading rusher in 2012 went from being a starter for the final preseason game in Carolina to one of their final cuts. The reason? Felix Jones who played well enough in a loss Thursday to the Panthers to convince the Steelers that Dwyer was no longer wanted on their 53-man roster. Jones a former No. 1 draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys rushed for 56 yards on 14 carries and caught two passes for 9 yards against Carolina enough to earn him a spot as one of five running backs on the 53-man roster and push Dwyer out the door. "His pedigree showed" Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game. "His natural instincts showed." But the question remains: Is this the Felix Jones who burst on to the NFL scene as a rookie in 2008 with a sensational opening three-game stretch? Or the Felix Jones who failed a conditioning test in 2012 with the Cowboys and was unimpressive recently in the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp? Whichever the Steelers thought enough of him after acquiring him in trade just 10 days ago that Jones will begin the regular season being rotated with Isaac Redman while rookie Le'Veon Bell recovers from a small ligament tear in his right foot. "I just came in here and tried to perform give the best performance I could and leave it on the field" Jones said. "I wanted to get on the field and show the coaches I still got it I can still play and just maximize my opportunity." Then Jones added "I had a couple more days to learn a little more. I got a feel for what the line does. I think I picked it up very well and went out there and tried to do my best." Jones was an instant NFL sensation after the Cowboys made him the 22nd player chosen in the 2008 draft passing on other running backs such as Chris Johnson Rashard Mendenhall Jamal Charles Ray Rice and Matt Forte.
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