Jonathan Dwyer’s tenure as a Pittsburgh Steeler is officially over. Dwyer who the coaching grew extremely frustrated with is among the Steelers 22 cuts. Dwyer led the team in rushing with 623 yards on 156 carries, and scored two touchdowns in 2012.
The Steelers will go into the season with Issac Redman, Felix Jones, Larod Stephens-Howling and Le’veon Bell as their top-4 running backs. Bell will miss at least the first couple weeks of the season but when healthy the hope remains in the organization that Bell can be the Steelers No. 1 running back and have a big impact as some coaches feel he has Matt Forte type abilities.
Another notable cut was 2012 4th round pick Alameda Ta’amu. Like Dwyer, we mentioned him yesterday among three potential surprise cuts we could see today but the writing has been on the wall for a few weeks now on Ta’amu as he just doesn’t look like an NFL player. Hebron Fangupo badly out performed Ta’amu on a day by day basis.
The Other 20 Cuts:
CB Terry Hawthorne, WR Justin Brown, P Brian Moorman, CB Josh Victorian, LB Marshall McFadden, TE Jamie McCoy, WR Reggie Dunn; offensive linemen Joe Long, Mike Golic Jr. Joe Madsen, Chris Hubbard; DE Brian Arnfelt; LB Alan Baxter, LB Terence Garvin, CB Devin Smith, WR Kashif Moore, RB Alvester Alexander, TE Nathan Overbay, LB Brian Rolle, S Ross Ventrone.
*WR Derek Moye is on the roster for now as the Steelers will go with five WR’s at this point. Moye deserved to be on the roster but there were doubts the Steelers would start with 5. Call that a bit of a surprise.
*LB Marshall McFadden showed a lot of flashes in camp but appears to not have showed enough to the coaches on special teams, a glaring issue in the preseason. He was by-passed for Kion Wilson.