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Week 1 vs. NYG
Rushing: 5 / 12 / 0
Stewart was a complete non-factor in this game. He was barely utilized in the first half and was ignored with Williams for most of the second half. His yards per carry was a paltry 2.4 but it's hard to know what to make of it on just 5 carries. He should see more action at home against Tampa next week, but he's clearly #2 behind Williams at this point.
Week 2 vs. TB
Rushing: 8 / 43 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Stewart had less than half the carries of DeAngelo Williams, but still made the most of them. Stewart broke off a beautiful run for 19 yards in the 2nd quarter, weaving left and right past Bucs defenders who he left in his wake. Later in the same quarter, Stewart had a good burst for 16 yards when he had S Sean Jones miss with a nice move in the open field. Stewart gave way to Mike Goodson in the second half, and this may be due to the limited reps he has had so far in preseason and the regular season. Overall, Stewart played with his typical hard running style and was a lot for the Buccaneers to handle when he had the ball.
Week 3 vs. CIN
Rushing: 8 / 13 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 18 / 0 on 2 targets
Jonathan Stewart had an extreme high and extreme low in this game. Stewart was his typical powerful self on his touchdown run, lowering his pad level and burrowing in for the score. He was limited to minimal gains on the ground thanks to a stingy Bengals run defense. Stewart lacks the kind of creativity that DeAngelo Williams has and looked a bit hesitant to make the cut on a couple of occasions. Stewart made a cardinal error with the score at 13-7 Bengals and the Panthers offense driving. LB Dhani Jones came in and with his helmet knocked the ball out. Stewart should have been able to hang on, but the ball was loose and recovered by the Bengals, who then went in for the go ahead score. Stewart still isn't up to full speed yet and with limited carries, he will not be able to get into rhythm in this offense.
Week 4 vs. NO
Rushing: 7 / 21 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 55 / 1 on 1 targets
Stewart got just a few touches here and there, showing patience, but finding little room to run. He did get his number called in short yardage situations with mixed results, but for the most part Stewart does not seem to have a large role in this limited offense. He was able to make his owners fantasy day by leaking behind a safety who just forgot his assignment when Stewart was split out wide and went deep. He had to basically stop to catch the ball downfield and he also stumbled on his way to the goal line, but Stewart still converted the long TD.
Week 5 vs. CHI
Rushing: 8 / 30 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Jonathan Stewart, like Williams, was limited in his role due to the game situation aswell. The former Oregon Duck had a nice 24 yard scamper on 3rd and 8 as the Panthers started off the game very well offensively, but after that the Bears clamped down on the Panthers ground game, not allowing Stewart to make much hay. The Bears defensive discipline was the undoing of the Panthers' running backs.
Week 7 vs. SF
Rushing: 14 / 29 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 3 targets
Despite being given 14 total carries, Jonathan Stewart suffered from the same problems as his fellow running back in a 29 yard rushing effort (see: defense stacking the box and blitzing inside the entire game). Per the usual, Stewart was given the majority of the red-zone carries in the game, but unfortunately for him there weren't many of them (four total with three going to Stewart) and all of them came just within the twenty yard line.
Week 8 vs. STL
Rushing: 14 / 30 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
The Rams bottled up the Panthers offense and stopping the run was the primary goal, and they did it very effectively. Apart from a few nice runs at the start of the second half, Stewart was held in check by an aggressive, well-disciplined Rams front seven. The Rams timed their blitzes to perfection and snuffed out Stewart's rushing lanes. Stewart is lacking the explosive power we are accustomed to, but better days are ahead for the former Oregon Duck.
Week 9 vs. NO
Rushing: 5 / 30 / 0
Stewart started the game with two very nice runs, showcasing his speed and power. Stewart is very talented, and showed it as the Panthers opened up two nice holes. But then a head injury ended the game early for Stewart, disappointing his fantasy owners who may have started to get excited.
Week 12 vs. CLE
Rushing: 12 / 98 / 0
Stewart returned to the lineup in triumphant fashion. He started slow but began ripping off nice runs in the second half. Stewart ran tough between the tackles against the Browns 3-4 defense and eventually hit for a big run in the second half, gliding through the line and flashing great speed for such a big back. He has at least upside flex value going forward.
Week 13 vs. SEA
Rushing: 21 / 92 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
Stewart played angry, ran hard, and was the only bright spot on the entire offense. He churned through the Seattle line, knocking people over, spinning out of the hands of defenders, and doing it all against a Seattle defense that knew he was the only threat. On one play in the 2nd half, Seattle had him for a loss, then he spun out of the grasp of a few defenders, ran to the other side of the field, broke another tackle and dove forward for a gain of about 5. It was perhaps the most impressive 5 yard run you'll ever see. If you're in a dynasty league, now is the time to get Stewart, because his talent is undeniable. It's going to be hard for him to get a lot of running room this year though, due to the poor passing attack.
Week 14 vs. ATL
Rushing: 18 / 133 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
The positive to come out of the Panthers paltry display was the play of Jonathan Stewart, who ran with a great deal of purpose against Atlanta. Stewart broke off a couple of big 40+ yard runs thanks to some great perimeter blocking and his instincts behind the line of scrimmage on what seam to hit. Stewart showed off his immense talent all game long and is playing at a very high level right now.
Week 15 vs. ARI
Rushing: 27 / 137 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
Jonathan Stewart was simply fantastic today for the Panthers as he personally carried the offense on his back. Stewart showed great feel for his offensive line and their blocks and pressed the hole well in the running game before making his cut. He ran with great authority and power and delivered the blow to Cardinal defenders as opposed to taking the punishment. Stewart broke a couple of runs to the outside for bigger gains too. Overall, he looked like the uber talented running back we all see him as.
Week 16 vs. PIT
Rushing: 18 / 71 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 1 targets
Stewart started the game promisingly as Carolina drove 42 yards, running 6 times for 25 yards and utilizing Stewart on 3 of those for 19 yards and on his only catch of the game for 9 yards. In what should have been seen as a precursor to the rest of the evening, Carolina punted on 4th and 5 from the Pittsburgh 32 as Clausen threw his hands in the air in disgust. Until the Panthers kicked a late field goal to prevent a shutout, this drive was the closest they came to scoring. Stewart played well throughout when given the chance though, gaining more yards than any other running back but one against Pittsburgh this year --- a list that includes Michael Turner, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice (twice), Peyton Hillis, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson (twice), Darren McFadden, Fred Jackson, and LaDanian Tomlinson. That statistic is impressive, and with Carolina likely to make many moves this offseason, perhaps Stewart and Mike Goodson will be able to shoulder the load in the backfield. This would allow Carolina to move DeAngelo Williams and save some money.
Week 17 vs. ATL
Rushing: 13 / 31 / 0
Speaking of uphill battles... Stewart simply had nowhere to run, right from the start. His most impressive feat was the fact that he was gaining positive yardage at all in the face of a stout defense. Late in the game, he did show some of his trademark combination of power and speed with a 10 yard run up the middle, but as was typical this day, it was called back on a penalty. One play sums up both his struggles and his strength: on a simple dive, he was met at the line by the linebacker, head on and at full speed, and stayed on his feet.