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Steelers Preseason: Jonathan Dwyer Takes On Increased Role Among RBs

With Rashard Mendenhall continuing to rehab from a torn ACL suffered in January and Isaac Redman recovering from an injury to his hip, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer is getting an opportunity to showcase his talents.

In his third season, Dwyer is looking to be a key piece to the Steelers' running game behind new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's increased focus on the ground attack. The 23-year-old has rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries through Pittsburgh's first two preseason games, including 43 yards on the ground against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

The Steelers haven't been a top five rushing team in the NFL since Jerome Bettis retired in 2005, as the team has relied heavily on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger making plays through the passing game.

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