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RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

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

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2016 Week 17 vs TB (20 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Try as they might, the Panthers simply could not get much movement on the ground against the Bucs front seven. Jonathan Stewart started the game with some vigour and burst though, finding and exploiting creases and getting the call in the red zone for an early touchdown. Stewart followed an excellent pull block and showed patience before punching it in over a defender's body. For the remainder of the game Stewart was kept in check, the offense resorting to a pass-first approach when it became obvious running was going nowhere.

2016 Week 16 vs ATL (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

With the Panthers in comeback mode throughout, Jonathan Stewart was simply not afforded the opportunity to get into a rhythm. A pass-happy approach from the Panthers meant it was often Fozzy Whittaker or Mike Tolbert and not Stewart in the game on obvious passing downs. Even when Stewart was given carries, he was often met at the line of scrimmage by an aggressive Falcons front seven. Stewart had a nice run out of the read option as he bounced off the right side for 20 yards, but overall it was a forgettable outing.

2016 Week 15 vs WAS (25 / 132 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart, as he often does, set the tone for the Carolina offense with his bulldozing running style. When the Redskins defense converged, confident of making the tackle, Stewart would inevitably shove them off or run through their tackle attempts. He showed an excellent feel for cutback lanes, which at times were gaping and obvious against an ill-disciplined front seven. When the play wasn't there, he would simply take the yards given to him. One cutback run saw Stewart quickly abort the designed play, cutting it back all the way to the backside and then leaping over a pile of defenders for a 10-yard gain. He was unfortunate to come up short of the goal line on a red zone screen pass. He effectively killed the game off in the fourth quarter with a big dash up the right sideline. It was notable that Stewart seemed to thrive in more traditional two-back sets, which the Panthers leaned on more after Cam Newton aggravated his existing shoulder injury.

2016 Week 14 vs SD (24 / 66 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Workhorse back Jonathan Stewart set the tone behind an improved display from the much-maligned Panthers offensive line. The Panthers effectively used the full breadth of their varied rushing attack to keep San Diego off balance. Ghost motion and changing the point of attack were used to give Stewart lanes to probe. He had trouble finding holes initially, but his patience paid off. He showed unbelievable effort on one of the highlight plays of the day, a run off the left side during which he performed a backwards roll over a defender, keeping his feet and dashing for extra yards. He was heavily relied upon in the red zone as the passing game stalled in that area. The big back converted his chance from the one-yard line, leaping over the pile for the score. Stewart iced the game in the fourth quarter with a typically bullish run between the guards on fourth down.

2016 Week 13 vs SEA (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart ran hard but found little joy running behind an undermanned offensive line. The Seahawks front seven closed the gaps quickly, and Stewart had to show a lot of patience to find even the smallest crease. The zone rushing attack did not function efficiently, and the Panthers were quickly forced to abandon the ground game as they sought to claw back a huge deficit. Stewart was utilised as an outlet receiver on occasions, but the passes were well marshalled by Seattle.

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.

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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart terms (Mon Mar 27, 11:23 AM) - Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is due up to $9.5 million over the next two seasons with an $8 million base value. His new deal freed up $2.075 million in cap space for 2017.

Our View: The Panthers moved some money around with Stewart, and his role may change this season. We're expecting the Panthers to take a RB with the no.8 selection in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. If they select someone like Leonard Fournette (LSU), then Stewart would take a back seat to the rookie. Stewart has already publicly declared he's okay with the team drafting a running back.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart fine with team drafting RB (Sat Mar 25, 02:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart said he believes it would be a good thing if the Panthers selected a running back in the 2017 NFL draft because it would keep him fresher late in games.

Our View: Stewart doesn't really have a say in the matter. He got a contract extension to stay with the Panthers, and he has to expect a RB to be added in the draft. The Panthers have the 8th-overall pick, and someone like Leonard Fournette (LSU) could be their selection.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart extended (Fri Mar 24, 09:10 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart signed a contract extension through the 2018 season Friday, March 24. Stewart had a cap figure of $8.25 million, and the extension was expected to reduce that in 2017.

Our View: Things change pretty quickly around here. Not that long ago, there was some buzz about Stewart potentially getting released as a post-June 1 cut. Now he returns with an extension, but we're still expecting the Panthers to pick another RB with the 8th-overall pick.
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