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The Pittsburgh Steelers Would Rather Play Troy Polamalu At RB Than Jonathan Dwyer

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Did you know safety Troy Polamalu is the Pittsburgh Steelers emergency running back? And not Jonathan Dwyer, who earned 2,790 yards in two years as the featured back in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offense? Since Dwyer fell to the Steelers in the sixth round, he has yet to play a regular season down and hasn't even been suiting up on Sundays.


↵↵Expected by some to go in the second or even first round, Dwyer tumbled after a poor Combine, to which he showed up looking surprisingly doughy. Many teams were also concerned about his lack of traditional pass blocking or catching experience. 


Polamalu says he played running back in high school, and practices there during bye weeks. He's also had time to work on his ball skills while running back his career 228 yards worth of interception returns. Don't expect him to moonlight on offense like Deion Sanders or Champ Bailey, but it would be fun to see what he could do with a play designed for him.


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