The Steelers are still waiting for Rashard Mendenhall to get healthy enough to contribute during games, but they aren’t going to hold off on making changes at running back until he’s ready.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Jonathan Dwyer is in line for more work after he was the most impressive back during the Steelers’ 31-19 loss to the Broncos on Sunday night. Dwyer had 43 yards on nine carries and had his longest run of the night called back as a result of a holding penalty.
“I thought Jonathan Dwyer provided a spark play and represented himself well and will probably get an increased opportunity because of it,” Tomlin said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Isaac Redman started in Denver and gained just 20 yards on 11 carries with a running style that looked plodding when compared with Dwyer’s work. While Tomlin said that there is still going to be a rotation against the Jets, the results on the field dictate a reorganization of the touches if the Steelers want to have a more productive running game.
Tomlin offered no specific hints about Mendenhall’s status for Sunday, saying that there was progress being made in the return from a torn ACL but offering no real gauge about the chances he’ll make it back to the field. Tomlin also declined to speculate on who might suffer a reduction in playing time when Mendenhall is back in action, but his other comment suggested that Dwyer won’t be the man at risk if he continues his strong play.