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RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

5-10, 235Born: 3-21-1987College: OregonDrafted: Round 1, pick 13

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Stewart looked very fresh against the Raiders, twice converting from the doorstep and breaking off a long run when the Panthers offense couldn't get anything going in the passing game. He'll be a boom/bust RB2 at Seattle this week, but at least the boom is back.

General News (Fri Dec 2): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 1): did not practice on Thursday (he was excused).

General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jonathan Stewart performed well at Oakland (against a bottom-ten rush defense) with 17/96/2 rushing and one target for 0 receptions to his credit, while Cam Newton accounted for another rushing TD (with 3/6/1 rushing). Fozzy Whittaker (4/14/0 rushing with two targets for zero receptions) and Ted Ginn Jr. (1/13/0) chipped in around the edges to help bring the team total to 25/129/3 rushing on the day. We'll see if Stewart (who disappointed two weeks ago against the Saints with 18/31/1 rushing with four targets for 1/8/0 receiving) can maintain the momentum against the Seahawks' defensive front. Seattle got surprised 5-14 in Tampa last weekend, giving up 35/118/0 rushing to Doug Martin and company. The Eagles' backs managed 26/113/0 rushing at Seattle two games ago. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Seattle averages 19.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (seventh-least in the NFL). To date, they are tied for 14th in the NFL averaging 100.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out. The Panthers have a tough matchup ahead of them at Seattle's deafening house.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at LA 44 15 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.2
10 vs KC 53 13 39 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.9
11 vs NO 49 18 31 1 4 1 8 0 0 9.9
12 at OAK 38 17 96 2 1 0 0 0 0 21.6
13 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 1 * * * *
13 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 1 * * * *
13 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs OAK (17 / 96 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Panthers were forced to abandon the run earlier than they would have liked, trailing 24-7 at the end of the first half. Prior to that Jonathan Stewart had been playing with some venom and determination, his leg drive and power between the tackles giving Oakland problems. A 47-yard scamper off right guard on a well-blocked play was the biggest gain of the day; he lost steam at the end of the dash and was tackled, but it set up a Cam Newton touchdown run. Stewart was, predictably, the lead dog in the red zone. He hammered into the Oakland defensive line time and again, and was rewarded with a pair of short touchdowns, the second a great effort as he reached his arm out over the plane. Injuries on the offensive line - and the fact Carolina was in comeback mode - did not create the ideal game script for Stewart but he did an excellent job with the touches he got.

2016 Week 11 vs NO (18 / 31 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

The much-maligned Carolina rushing attack continued to struggle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart's performance was not to blame. It seemed every time Stewart touched the ball early on he was met head on at the line of scrimmage, with no room to maneuver around oncoming defenders. The Saints loaded the box and dared the Panthers to throw ' which they did at times ' but often Stewart was used as a battering ram. He managed to break the line a couple of times and barrel through a Saints defender, but that was the exception rather than the rule. The ground game woes continued on the goal line. On two occasions Stewart was stuffed at the line, finally reaching pay dirt on an impressive Superman-like dive over the top of his offensive line. Stewart played a bigger role in the passing game this week, catching a quick pass in the flat for nine yards, while later he dropped a screen pass.

2016 Week 10 vs KC (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart endured a torrid outing against a stingy Chiefs defense that maintained its gap discipline very well. At times, the usually bullish north-south Stewart had to stop his feet, making the Chiefs' jobs easier. The Panthers often lined up in heavy sets with two tight ends and a full back, but even then Stewart's job was made difficult by eight-man boxes. When the Panthers went hurry up at the end of the first half Stewart found some success and powered through some well-blocked holes, but that was the exception and not the rule. The injuries along the Carolina offensive line continue to hamper Stewart's ability to get into rhythm.

2016 Week 9 vs LA (15 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

To say Jonathan Stewart and the offensive line found it tough against the Rams would be an understatement. A rushing attack that looked reborn last week was consistently denied by a swarming Los Angeles defense. Stewart was forced to change his angle of attack repeatedly, and even when he resorted to a north-south approach he was met by physical gang tackles. To his credit, he managed to bull through a couple of tacklers on occasion but was always met hard by another. He had a nice burst in the fourth quarter as the Rams finally missed an assignment on a zone read run, but otherwise was kept quiet.

2016 Week 8 vs ARI (25 / 95 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart set the tone in a dominant win for the Panthers, working in tandem with his offensive line to punish defenders and generate positive yardage consistently. Stewart and the zone read rushing offense were clearly the emphasis for offensive coordinator Mike Shula, and the running back's physicality after contact and downhill style gave Arizona a lot of trouble. The line executed their power blocks perfectly and looked crisp time after time with their execution, giving Stewart rushing lanes to exploit. When the Panthers reached the red zone, Stewart was able to cash in with a pair of touchdowns. The first came out of a heavy set as Stewart followed Mike Tolbert behind right tackle and powered his way into the end zone. The second was another example of the brute strength the Panthers offense continued to show all game long. Stewart should have been tackled short of the goal line, but his pad level was so low and his legs so powerful that he managed to bowl over D.J. Swearinger and score. Stewart was the engine of the offense start to finish, with the only blotch on his record being a late fumble when the ball was ripped from his grasp in a good defensive play.

2016 Week 6 vs NO (19 / 85 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart looked fiery and played with an edge on his return after a four-week absence. Showcasing his irrepressible power and speed between the tackles, Stewart set the tone early despite his difficulty in finding creases. The Saints made a strong effort to take the Panthers' ground game away, but Stewart converted his big opportunities. On several occasions the Panthers were set up on the Saints 1-yard line; two of those occasions saw Stewart punch the football into the end zone behind some excellent blocking. His second score, a diving effort over the top of the line, was vintage Stewart. His carries were limited due to the game script as the Panthers were playing in comeback mode, but Stewart looked fresh and spry.

2016 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart started off the game with some menacing carries, looking spry and ready for the physical contest it promised to be. He took advantage of some excellent down blocks on his first carry, dashing between right guard and right tackle to crease the 49ers defense for 10 yards. Lined up as a receiver, he caught a couple of check down passes from Cam Newton. Not long after that, however, he sustained a hamstring injury that forced him to leave the game. He played no further part as Fozzy Whittaker took the lion's share of the touches.

2016 Week 1 vs DEN (15 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

A determined and unrelenting display of power, speed and guile is what the Panthers have come to expect from Jonathan Stewart, and the bruising back did not disappoint. Stewart set the tone early on the ground, fighting for extra yards and looking fresh as he absorbed a barrage of hits from the Broncos defense. Stewart showed terrific vision and patience as he methodically scanned the line of scrimmage for the narrowest of openings to exploit. The use of the zone read allowed Carolina to exploit the aggressiveness of the Denver defense, and Stewart and Cam Newton combined well in the early stages, particularly on a run off left tackle in which Stewart made a tackler miss and proceeded to shoot a gap between two defenders for a first down. Stewart had no explosive runs, but his sustaining force kept the offense on schedule; he consistently turned what would have been short gains into longer ones. The offensive line provided an excellent platform, but the Broncos and perhaps the altitude made that task more difficult in the second half and the line's blocks steadily fell off in quality. Stewart was removed from the line-up in the two-minute drill as the Panthers opted for the shifty back Fozzy Whittaker, who assumed the passing down role with Cameron Artis-Payne inactive.


Latest News

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart back at practice (Fri Dec 2, 09:30 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (non-injury) returned to practice and was a full participant Friday, Dec. 2, and he isn't listed on the Week 13 injury report.

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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart resting again (Thu Dec 1, 11:24 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Panthers | No practice for Jonathan Stewart (Wed Nov 30, 09:58 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (rest) was held out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 30, but the absence was not injury related and simply rest.

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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart hits end zone twice (Mon Nov 28, 01:37 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart rushed 17 times for 96 yards with two touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Oakland Raiders. He was targeted once in the pass game and he did not have a catch.

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