RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers
|5-10, 235||Born: 3-21-1987||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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2017 Week 18 vs NO (11 / 51 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It proved to be a forgettable affair for Jonathan Stewart who, after busting off a big run on the first offensive play, faded into the background. The Panthers stayed with a physical ground attack as long as they could, but once the Saints built the lead they had to scrap that strategy. Stewart was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage as the Saints remained disciplined. He busted off another big run at the start of the second half to ignite the offense, but was largely kept in check.
2017 Week 16 vs TB (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
The forgotten man in the backfield against the Bucs, Jonathan Stewart was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage and had little success. The second half saw a greater commitment to the run, and Stewart popped off some nice gains, but the Bucs were generally well-disciplined and able to corral him. Stewart only got his first carry in the second quarter and generally took a back seat role to Christian McCaffrey.
2017 Week 15 vs GB (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart took a backseat to Christian McCaffrey this week after dominating the Vikings last time out. Stewart, notably, got a lot of touches in the red zone but failed to capitalise as the Packers shut the door. The Panthers went pass-happy in the second half as they tried to claw back the four-point deficit, leaving Stewart a bit-part player for the most part.
2017 Week 14 vs MIN (16 / 103 / 3 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There was a strong intent from the outset to run the football effectively on this cold December day in Charlotte, and Jonathan Stewart was happy to take on that role. A determined Stewart got into a rhythm early and seemed to be enjoying running behind an offensive line that played cohesively and blew open some big holes. Perhaps none was bigger than the massive gap between right guard and right tackle in the first quarter that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown scamper. The line folded the Vikings defensive front in a short yardage situation with excellent blocking, giving Stewart a clear lane to pay dirt. Stewart continued to see action in the red zone, with the Panthers intent on punching it in on the ground, perhaps not trusting their outside options to win against the Vikings' cornerbacks. Stewart added a second score off left guard in the red zone, showing phenomenal power and leg drive to bull through a tackler. He added a third touchdown to seal the game in the dying moments, diving over the top and breaking the plane just before the ball was jarred loose from his hands.
2017 Week 13 vs NO (11 / 45 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a game against New Orleans where Carolina was playing catch up, Stewart's role was muted. Stewart was out-snapped handily by Christian McCaffrey. The biggest chunk of Stewart's production came on the opening play for Carolina's offense, finding a wide open lane to the perimeter for more than 10 yards. Stewart also converted a goal line carry by going over the top on his end zone plunge, his third touchdown in the last five games. The biggest limitation of Stewart's role is his complete lack of passing game involvement with Christian McCaffrey cemented as the receiving back. Stewart has not caught a pass since Week 5, relying on strong volume or a touchdown to log a solid performance.
2017 Week 12 vs NYJ (15 / 26 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart found little joy against the Jets' front seven, which consistently played well at the point of attack. Stewart did well to find creases when they presented themselves, however. An attempted pitch out to the back saw him lose control of the end-over-end football and lose eight yards. An early red zone dive over the top of the pile saw Stewart fall just short of pay dirt, but he made up for it soon after, following a wonderful seal block from right guard Trai Turner for the score.
2017 Week 10 vs MIA (17 / 110 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After fumbling twice last week against Atlanta, Jonathan Stewart looked like a new man on Monday night. His first few touches were indicative of what was to come, as the Panthers offensive line blew open holes and allowed Stewart to find his rhythm. He showed good patience on a toss play to the left before later tiptoeing along the sideline to get a first down. The constant backfield movement and window dressing caused Miami problems, and Stewart was able to take advantage in the second half as the Dolphins' gap discipline faltered. Stewart ran with authority to close out the game, but was unable to break any long ones.
2017 Week 9 vs ATL (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It proved to be a forgettable outing for Jonathan Stewart, who uncharacteristically lost two fumbles and may have ceded his starting role in the process. Stewart doesn't look comfortable running the types of plays the Panthers give him at times, with east-west cuts valued over Stewart's preferred north-south, bruising style. The first carry of the game was symptomatic of it; a sweep run that saw him tackled for a short gain as he sorted out his feet. His first fumble saw an Atlanta tackler violently rip the ball out after he hit a pile; the second was more routine, as the ball simply popped out on contact. Stewart seldom saw the field after the turnovers, with Christian McCaffrey wrestling away key touches.
2017 Week 8 vs TB (11 / 34 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Like the last few weeks, Jonathan Stewart and the rushing attack failed to get into gear. It wasn't for a lack of trying, however; the Bucs generally did a good job pursuing the ball carriers and offered little room to work with. Stewart managed to put a gloss on his day with a rushing touchdown as he dove over the top of the pile from the one-yard line to break the plane. Stewart looked good running between the tackles on occasion, but a sweep to the right saw him look indecisive and resulted in a loss of yardage. Cameron Artis-Payne was inserted into the line-up to take away some snaps, something worth watching moving forward.
2017 Week 7 vs CHI (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Like previous weeks, Jonathan Stewart and the Panthers rushing attack failed to get a consistent push. The Bears front had a lot to do with the Panthers' lack of success, as running lanes were often plugged by big bodies. A reshuffle of offensive linemen for Carolina affected the cohesion of the unit as well. Stewart was largely limited to short gains, but managed to pop a couple of nice dashes on well-blocked plays. Otherwise, Stewart was unable to create space on his own.
2017 Week 6 vs PHI (8 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was a non-factor in this game as the Eagles front seven dominated the Panthers offensive line. It was no contest from the get-go, with Stewart being met behind the line of scrimmage. Predictable play calling contributed to his lack of success, with first down runs being the death knell for the Panthers' drives. Stewart continued to get touches into the second half, but it was Christian McCaffrey's impact in the passing attack that was deemed more effective and suitable for a comeback game script.
2017 Week 5 vs DET (18 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
The Lions made things very difficult for the Panthers as far as establishing a ground game, and Jonathan Stewart had to work hard for every yard. At times, however, Stewart became a little impatient and overeager, perhaps, as he tried to bounce it outside when the original point of attack was covered. Stewart got involved in the passing attack with some short dump-offs on screen and flair passes, and managed to juke a Lions defender out of his shoes on one particular play. When he got back to basics and ran north and south, he found some joy and trucked a couple of would-be tacklers. He was denied in the red zone on a couple of occasions, as it was the passing attack that carried the day.
2017 Week 4 vs NE (14 / 68 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart found it tough to penetrate a stubborn Patriots run defense, but continued to take what was given to him. With the passing attack operating at such a high level, however, Stewart's role was diminished. When he was handed the ball, he looked his usual self, patiently probing for daylight and bulling past and through defenders. Stewart will have been disappointed with an uncharacteristic fumble in the second half as the Panthers were driving for a score. The ball was tucked in to his chest, but a hard hit from a helmet in the pile knocked it loose, and the Patriots recovered. To his credit, Stewart bounced back on the next possession and ripped off a 15-yard run on the clinching drive to ignite the offense.
2017 Week 3 vs NO (12 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The game script dictated that this was a game for backfield mate Christian McCaffrey, and not Stewart, to shine. The bulldozing back played well when given opportunities, hitting it north and south and showing good patience to let his blocks develop. The use of fakes and jet sweep motions to McCaffrey gave Stewart clearer running lanes at times. Stewart got the call on the Panthers' first possession in the red zone, but the Saints managed to bottle him up. Otherwise it proved to be a disappointing day for the Panthers offense, with Stewart suffering.
2017 Week 2 vs BUF (15 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Buffalo's front seven deserves the credit for shutting down the Panthers' rushing attack which provided only a token threat throughout the game. Jonathan Stewart looked his usual self, a bull in the china shop mentality causing trouble for the Bills when the blocking got him to the second level. The problem was that did not happen nearly enough, and he was often forced to check his run before being tackled for a loss. He showed excellent patience at times and was able to pinball his way through defenders on a key third down on the Panthers' final drive. It was he, and not McCaffrey, who got the call on the goal line. He was, however, stopped short on consecutive carries.
2017 Week 1 vs SF (18 / 65 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Lacking the flash of debutant Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Stewart nonetheless produced a quality outing for the Panthers offense. Things did not go as smoothly as they would have liked on the ground, with Stewart often having to break a tackle or two to earn even meagre gains. Not cowed by the physical 49ers front seven, Stewart continued to pound the ball through narrow gaps and showed good burst to bounce outside on occasion. At times both he and McCaffrey featured in the backfield together, with jet sweep motion and other pre-snap moves giving Stewart clearer running lanes as the defense was forced to respect the rookie. Stewart was the main man when it came to the red zone. Although he was stopped a couple of times, he scored a touchdown on a well executed screen pass. On the play, McCaffrey was lined up in front of Stewart in an offset I formation. McCaffrey flew into the flat and attracted the underneath coverage, giving Cam Newton a simple dump off pass on a screen to Stewart, who dived over the top for the touchdown.
Latest NewsPanthers | Jonathan Stewart runs for 51 yards (Sun Jan 7, 08:14 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart ran 11 times for a game-high 51 yards in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 7, against the New Orleans Saints. link to story Panthers | Jonathan Stewart should be in uniform (Fri Jan 5, 05:14 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 5, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game. Our View: Stewart was scratched from action in Week 17 when his back tightened up in the 11th hour. That extra week gave him more rest, and Stewart was eased into practice for Wild Card Weekend. Against the Saints on Sunday, Stewart should lead the way on the ground for the Panthers with rookie RB Christian McCaffrey working as the change-of-pace and primary receiving back.
link to story Panthers | Week 18 injury report for Carolina (Fri Jan 5, 02:36 PM) - Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner (concussion) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 5, and has been listed as questionable for the Wild-Card Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Jan. 7. WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) and OT Matt Kalil (illness) each returned to a limited practice Friday and have also been listed as questionable. S Mike Adams (rest), DE Mario Addison (hip), DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), S Kurt Coleman (ankle), DE Wes Horton (rib), C Ryan Kalil (shoulder), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), TE Greg Olsen (foot), DE Julius Peppers (rest), RB Jonathan Stewart (back) and LB Shaq Thompson (foot) all participated fully in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Panthers | Jonathan Stewart practicing (Thu Jan 4, 11:38 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (back) is practicing Thursday, Jan. 4. Our View: There aren't a ton of options this week with just four games going, so Stewart has value regardless of ranking. That said, Christian McCaffrey has better upside and gets receptions as well, so if you are picking up a Carolina back, the rookie is a better bet.
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