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RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

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

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General News (Thu Sep 21): did not practice on Thursday (he was excused).

Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Carolina's running game looks stuck in neutral at the moment. Through two weeks, neither Jonathan Stewart nor rookie Christian McCaffrey has been able to generate much on the ground. Stewart has trudged to 105 yards on 33 rushes, while McCaffrey has been held to just 57 on 21 carries. Stewart is 30 (a hard 30, considering his injury history) and nearing the end of the NFL line, so we may not see much more dynamism from him; he's little more than an interior banger at this point. But McCaffrey's arrow is pointing upward. He's looked just as explosive as advertised, posting several impressive runs both up the middle and off the tackles. McCaffrey was a great interior runner in school, and as he beefs up and acclimates to the NFL, his game should improve exponentially. Cam Newton, of course, has always provided a dynamic boost with his legs, but we've yet to see it. The Panthers have yet to give him any designed runs, and Stewart has taken all 4 of the team's rushes from inside the 5-yard line. It's likely offensive coordinator is merely protecting his franchise player after offseason shoulder surgery, but we have to wonder just how much to expect from Newton on the ground. The New Orleans run defense is marginally better than advertised. Much of the "Saints can't stop the run" narrative is skewed by touchdowns, which come with the territory of the fast-paced, high-scoring games they tend to find themselves in. But they're not a lie-down-and-pray unit; when game script is neutral or in the Saints' favor, they're a stronger unit than they seem. In Week 1, they mostly bottled up Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook, allowing him just 48 yards on 14 carries through the first 3 quarters. Two long, late-game runs (36 and 33 yards) inflated his final numbers; that will happen when a defense is gassed and facing late-game deficits. We saw the same in Week 2, when New England's Mike Gillislee managed just 38 yards on 11 rushes prior to the fourth quarter, only to nearly double that total down the stretch.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SF 29 18 65 0 2 2 17 1 0 14.2
2 vs BUF 25 15 40 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart given day off (Thu Sep 21, 03:01 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (rest) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: We expect him to play and split carries with Christian McCaffrey, who will also get a solid amount of targets that Stewart won't get. That difference will be stark in PPR leagues, but still evident in standard scoring leagues. Consider Stewart a high end RB3 this week, while McCaffrey is a more solid RB2 due to the reception yards he should get.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart doesn't do a lot (Sun Sep 17, 06:48 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart rushed 15 times for 40 yards in Week 2 against the Bills and he didn't have a reception on just one target.

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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart totals 82 yards, TD (Sun Sep 10, 10:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart rushed 18 times for a game-high 65 yards while adding two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 at San Francisco.

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