NFL Notes: Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Rams, & Steelers

  Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer has established himself as the No. 2 running back behind Andre Ellington. (Josh Weinfuss) Ted Larsen appears to be the Cardinals starting left guard while former first-round pick Jonathan Cooper works to get back to his previous form. (Josh Weinfuss) TE Darren Fells may have done enough to secure a roster spot as the Cardinals No. 4 tight end. ...
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Five Things We Learned from the Arizona 19-13 loss to Cincinnati

The Arizona Cardinals are 1-2 after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 last night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Let’s take a look the five biggest things we learned from the game. 1. The Arizona ground game needs to step up. Andre Ellington led the way against the Bengals with 46 yards on nine carries but one of them was a 24-yard scamper. Jonathan Dwyer did his best Rashard...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Ellington getting quite the work load

I think by it’s pretty obvious that Andre Ellington is going to be the Cardinals’ feature back. Had ARZ with 29 snaps in the first half. Andre Ellington played on 26 of them. Jonathan Dwyer got 3. — Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) August 25, 2014 You’re welcome for the free fantasy tip. var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Things To Watch For In Vikings 3rd Preseason Game

The Minnesota Vikings are 2-0 in the 2014 Preseason and now travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the first road test of the year.  Here are 5 things to watch for in that game. 5. Improved Tackling The Vikings first team defense didn’t look nearly as sharp vs. the Cardinals as it did against the Raiders.  This had a lot to do with some very poor tackling...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

How much of a concern is the Cardinals' run game?

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There is internal concern that the Cardinals are ranked 24th in the NFL in preseason rushing yards per game (81) and dead last in average yards per game (2.2). But the level of concern varies. Coach Bruce Arians is using the eyeball test rather than the numbers test when evaluating his running backs (and offensive line). General manager Steve Keim worried about...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals’ new RB Jonathan Dwyer to wear #20 in upcoming season

Dwyer will no longer wear the number 27 (AP Image) New Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, who was signed on March 12th, has decided to wear the number 20 for the upcoming NFL season. I’ll be wearing #20 next year — Jonathan Dwyer (@JDwyer27) March 31, 2014 While with his previous team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dwyer wore the number 27.  He decided to make the change...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

James Starks Would Be A Fitting Candidate To Replace Jonathan Dwyer

After it was announced that former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer signed with the Arizona Cardinals, we speculated that, based on the contract numbers, it seemed likely the Steelers didn’t have much interest in retaining him. Dwyer contradicted that speculation yesterday, saying that he had an opportunity to return to Pittsburgh, but preferred the opportunity for...
Via Steelers Depot
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Says Steelers Wanted Him Back

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has taken issue with my previous report stating he was not wanted back in 2014 and he wanted to set the record straight. Dwyer has informed me that he had an opportunity to return to the Steelers in 2014, but that he thought the opportunity the Arizona Cardinals were going to give him was a better one. Dwyer signed a one-year...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Contract Jonathan Dwyer Signed With Cardinals Shows Steelers Didn’t Want Him Back

The Pittsburgh Steelers obviously didn't want running back Jonathan Dwyer back in 2014. How do I know that? Just look at his contract. According to the numbers filed with the NFLPA, the one-year contract that Dwyer signed earlier this week with the Arizona Cardinals was a qualifying contract for the minimum. That means Dwyer was given a $730,000 non guaranteed base salary and...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals sign Jonathan Dwyer, Ted Larsen, Marcus Benard

After the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, the Cardinals have picked up another former Steelers running back. Jonathan Dwyer, a 2010 sixth-round pick of the Steelers who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh, has signed with the Cardinals. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for Dwyer’s first two NFL seasons, so Dwyer already knows...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals add Jonathan Dwyer on one-year deal

getty images The Arizona Cardinals have added a body to their depth chart at running back, signing Jonathan Dwyer to a one-year contract. Dwyer, 23, spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers picking up 197 yards on 49 carries. He is a good blocker and should provide the Cardinals with a short yardage go to guy. #Cardinals signed former #Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer. #NFL #FreeAgency...
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Sign RB Jonathan Dwyer

Bruce Arians and the Cardinals lose one former Steelers running back, and replace him with another. Cardinals announced they signed former Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer, who reunites with Arizona HC Bruce Arians. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers Free Agent RB Jonathan Dwyer Has Signed With The Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent running back Jonathan Dwyer signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals late Wednesday. Dwyer, who the Steelers drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech, rushed for 971 yards and two touchdowns on 230 regular-season carries during his four seasons in Pittsburgh. After initially being released by the...
Via Steelers Depot
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – RB Jonathan Dwyer

By Matthew Marczi End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally a hard concept to grasp, and we have a pretty good feel by now of how Mike...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dwyer And Woodley Training Together Out In Arizona

After the Super Bowl is over is generally when we begin hearing about players starting their offseason training. On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer posted on Twitter that he's now out in Arizona training with linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Woodley has trained out in Arizona as recent as last season, but it's unknown if this is the first time that Dwyer...
Via Steelers Depot
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 running backs: Could the Steelers find another RB in the draft?

The Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves a gem during last year’s draft in taking Le’Veon Bell out of Michigan state. But who are the other running backs on the Steelers roster? And are they good enough to spell Bell in certain situations? Or is it time (yes, so soon) to look to the draft again for some help for Bell? Well, cover32 has compiled its list of the Top 10 running...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers expected to try and re-sign Dwyer, Stephens-Howling

Scott Brown of believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to bring back both Jonathan Dwyer and Larod Stephens-Howling, but not Felix Jones. I think they will try to re-sign Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling assuming they are confident the latter will make a full recovery from the surgery that fixed a torn ACL. I don’t see them making any attempt at re...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers’ expected to re-sign Dwyer, Stephens-Howling

Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers running game was almost non-existent. They finished third to last in the NFL with 1,383 rushing yards and only nine touchdowns. They were tied with the Cleveland Browns for rushing yards and the San Diego Chargers with their nine rushing touchdowns. Running back Le’Veon Bell will enter the 2014 season as the teams starting running back. That...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers Short-Yardage And Running Back Usage In 2013

By Matthew Marczi While looking through some data yesterday, I happened upon some interesting observations regarding Pittsburgh Steelers running back usage on short-yardage opportunities on third and fourth down during the 2013 season. The common perception is largely that the Steelers  shifted Jonathan Dwyer into that short-yardage role. It is a perception that is reinforced by...
Via Steelers Depot
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens are trying to steal one of the Steelers coaches

A surprising name has surfaced in connection with the opening the Baltimore Ravens have at offensive coordinator. Coach John Harbaugh announced on Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson is among four finalists for the job that became open when the Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell as their head coach. The surprise is that the Steelers have granted...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents Analysis: RB Jonathan Dwyer – Unrestricted

By Matthew Marczi Player: Jonathan Dwyer Position: Running Back Experience: 4 Years Free Agent Status: Unrestricted 2013 Salary Cap Hit: $592,941 2013 Season Breakdown: The 2013 season, of course, got off to a hectic and uncertain spot for Jonathan Dwyer, who was released in the final roster cuts when the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to go with Isaac Redman and the then-cheaper Felix...
Via Steelers Depot
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

State of the Steelers: Running Back

Any time a player’s name is mentioned in the same sentence as someone like Franco Harris, people are going to take notice. That’s exactly what Le’Veon Bell did in his rookie season… He put everyone on notice, and solidified himself as the Steelers feature back, breaking Franco Harris’ rookie record of most yards from scrimmage along the way. There’s no question that Bell...
Via Steel City Blitz
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Le’Veon Bell gained the respect of his teammates this past Thursday

    Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer and he rest of rookie Le’Veon Bell’s teammates were very impressed with the way he was willing to give everything in an attempt to help them beat the Ravens this past Thursday night. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review has the story. Trailing by eight with a little more than 90 seconds remaining in a must-win...
Via Pro Football Zone
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Punt Returns The Latest Hat For Jonathan Dwyer To Wear

By Matthew Marczi Running back Jonathan Dwyer starting playing on the punt return team two weeks ago against the New England Patriots. You may not have noticed because the Patriots were only forced to punt twice in the entire game. Brian Moorman didn’t get so lucky. Even the winds conspired against him, punt after awful punt. The fact that special teams coach Danny Smith put Dwyer...
Via Steelers Depot
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonathan Dwyer Taking A Liking To Short-Yardage Role

By Matthew Marczi A few weeks back, I observed a certain trend in the way that the Pittsburgh Steelers began using running back Jonathan Dwyer, and speculated that the team was building a role for him as a short-yardage back. That truly came to fruition in the team’s last game against the Buffalo Bills, particularly during the second quarter, when the Steelers handed the ball off...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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