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RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 8: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jonathan Stewart returned to lead the Panthers' rushing attack at New Orleans (Week Six) - with his return (19/85/2 rushing with one target for zero receptions), Fozzy Whittaker was reduced to a bit player (1/-1/0 rushing with two targets for 1/4/0 receiving) and Cameron Artis-Payne was inactive. Mike Tolbert (3/12/0 rushin), Ted Ginn Jr. (2/6/0 rushing) and Cam Newton (2/1/1 rushing) all chipped in to get the Panthers' team total over 100 yards rushing (27/103/3). As long as Stewart is healthy enough to play, expect him to continue to lead this attack. The Cardinals fought Seattle to a tie in OT last Sunday night, 6-6 - they dominated time of possession in the game and only allowed 19/52/0 rushing to the Seahawks as a team. The Cardinals' rush defense held the Jets to a mere 14/33/0 two games ago - this defensive front is re-trenching and getting stubborn heading into the second half of the season. Arizona is currently 13th in the NFL averaging 96.6 yards rushing allowed per game, with six rushing scores given out so far. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Arizona averages 9.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (third-least in the NFL). This is a tough matchup for Stewart and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 at NO 55 19 85 2 1 0 0 0 0 20.5
8 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 1 * * * *
8 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 1 * * * *
8 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 with a bang (Sun Oct 16, 09:08 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) posted 19 carries for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints. He was targeted once but did not record a catch.

Our View: Stewart was strong in his first game back and the Panthers let him finish two drives with his strong short yardage running. The Panthers are going into their bye 1-5, but at least Stewart is healthy and a suitable RB2 start in Week 8 against Arizona.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart ready to play (Sun Oct 16, 12:09 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.

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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart will play Sunday (Sun Oct 16, 10:54 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) will play in Week 6's game against the New Orleans Saints.

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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart listed as questionable (Fri Oct 14, 06:21 PM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart practicing Friday (Fri Oct 14, 10:57 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is practicing Friday, Oct. 14.

Our View: Stewart will return this week and he has a chance to notch a score or two in what should be a high-scoring game as long as Cam Newton doesn't take all of the goal-line running opportunities.
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