The Steelers depth chart took on a new look on Tuesday with Jonathan Dwyer now listed as the first-team running back. Isaac Redman is listed as his backup, while former starter Rashard Mendenhall is listed as the team’s third back.
Dwyer is the Steelers leading rusher with 98 carries for 429 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Redman has 87 carries for 307 yards and two touchdowns, while Mendenhall has 34 carries for 113 yards.
“Jonathan Dwyer is going to start for us,” said Tomlin. “He has been consistently the most productive guy. I think we’ve got a large enough body of work to identify that at this point. We’ve been working at less than ideal circumstances with the rotation and shuffling those guys due to health and lack of production. But over the course of the last several weeks it is obvious he is healthy and he is the most productive of the group.
“He will start for us and get the bulk of the carries. The other guys will supplement him in some form or fashion based on situation and how we formulate a game plan.”
In addition, at wide receiver it now has either Mike Wallace or Emmanuel Sanders starting on the one side, with Antonio Brown still listed as the other starter when he returns healthy. Sanders had five receptions for 75 yards in last week’s 20-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns, while Wallace had just one catch for nine yards.
Tomlin said situations will determine who will start there, and that he has not seen any lack of effort from Wallace.
“Mike was frustrated on Sunday and rightfully so,” said Tomlin. “He is not producing in the manner he would like to or we would like him to. It’s a function of a lot of things. He is going to be committed to continuing to work and we are committed to that as well.”