Aug 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Potential Free Agent: RB Jonathan Dwyer

The first set of cuts are in, and all of the teams are down to 53 players. We know, however, that this is still a huge weekend for player movement. Mike Tannenbaum called this weekend a “mini-draft”. Players will be moving left and right over the next few days.

After going through the list of cuts, one name caught my eye. To me, this player could be good insurance as depth, and could make a difference with this offense. The player was released by the Steelers, his name is Jonathan Dwyer.

Here are his stats for his career to date:

Season Team Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers 13             6 156 623 4.0 34 2 18 106 5.9 15 0 2 2
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers 7             0 16 123 7.7 76 0 1 6 6.0 6 0
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers 1             0 9 28 3.1 7 0
TOTAL 181 774 4.3 76 2 19 112 5.9 15 0 2 2

He received significant playing time last year, thanks to injuries in front of him on the depth chart. Dwyer responded with back to back 100 yard performances against the Bengals and the Redskins. He averaged 4 yards per carry last season, which may not be an All-Star number, but it’s solid.

Jonathan played well during the preseason, especially when he was given extended playing time. Against the Redskins, he ran the ball 14 times for 68 yards, a 4.9 yards per carry average. He’s young, at only 24 years old, and is a powerful runner at 5’11” and 229 pounds. He could be an effective complimentary piece to the puzzle.

As far as the existing running backs are concerned, Dwyer could help. Bilal Powell and Kahlil Bell have been quite solid. However, as much as I loved the acquisition, and I still do, Chris Ivory has been underwhelming since hitting the field this preseason. Maybe he is still hampered by his hamstring more than we know, hard to say. My simple point is that Ivory has been slower than expected. He hasn’t run with that nastiness we saw in New Orleans, at least not yet.

Why not kick the tires on Jonathan Dwyer? It couldn’t hurt.

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