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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 6: at Seattle Seahawks

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Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs HOU 56 17 62 0 1 1 -3 0 0 5.9
3 vs NO 39 14 52 0 1 0 0 0 0 5.2
4 at TB 29 10 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
6 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs TB (10 / 50 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Panthers offensive line continues to struggle to establish a platform for Jonathan Stewart and the other backs. For every 10-yard scamper, there is an equally frustrating run for negative yards, with the latter happening all too often for their liking. Stewart ran with a great blend of power and patience against Tampa Bay, finishing his carries by popping defenders, but maintaining ball security for the most part. Stewart did have one fumble, knocked out by a helmet to the football from Tampa Bay safety Chris Conte, that resulted in one of the most bizarre touchdowns you will see all season. After the ball was dislodged, it flew into the air only for Panthers tight end Ed Dickson, who was blocking on the play, to run underneath it and streak into the end zone. Stewart also had an issue on an exchange with Cam Newton, but the resulting fumble was firmly on Newton, who couldn't handle the football in the wet conditions. Stewart was rested late on with the game in hand, giving way to rookie Cameron Artis-Payne.

2015 Week 3 vs NO (14 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Through three weeks, Jonathan Stewart continues to be the epitome of effort: without exception, he runs with terrific power, burst and attitude. However, whether through poor run blocking or opposing defenses filling all the gaps, he has been unable to get into second gear. Stewart had a few nice carries off the zone read, showing excellent quickness in the hole on one crowded carry up the middle. The Panthers employ a lot of different looks in their rushing attack, but Stewart seems to thrive off power blocking as he did a beautifully blocked tote off left tackle, following pulling guard Andrew Norwell to the perimeter. Stewart was spelled by Mike Tolbert at times in the red zone, but that was more to do with the game situation and recent workload than poor play. Stewart left the game with an injury in the fourth quarter but appeared to be ready to come back in if called upon. In the end, the Panthers did not need him to re-enter the game, as it had already been decided.

2015 Week 2 vs HOU (17 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart had to take the bullet for the offense in this tight encounter and act as more of a sustaining presence than a dynamic backfield threat. Receiving the bulk of the carries, Stewart found little running room against a Texans front that seemed to penetrate constantly and disrupt the offensive line's blocks. Runs off zone read looks, a staple of the Panthers offense, allowed defenders to shoot gaps and tackle Stewart for a loss. Despite the backfield traffic, Stewart showed excellent wiggle and power to find small creases and squeeze out yards that didn't seem to be there. Stewart showed excellent burst on a carry off right tackle, luring the pursuing defenders in first before turning on the jets to the corner. Stewart was not a significant part of the passing attack, but showed no fear as a pass blocker against J.J. Watt and company.

2015 Week 1 vs JAX (18 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Assuming the workhorse role in a typically conservative Carolina victory, Jonathan Stewart looked powerful, spry and purposeful as he kept the offense on schedule. Often the Jaguars were able to bottle Stewart up for minimal gains, but he always fought for extra yards and never went down on first contact. The Panthers' offensive line was able to spring him a couple of times on well-blocked plays, including a counter that went for 15 yards. Stewart was able to make his own yards on a toss that was designed to go left, only for the crafty veteran to reverse field, weave his way through would-be tacklers and make positive gains. Stewart was a fixture of the passing game and hardly came off the field; Newton looked to him as a check down option several times. Stewart appears healthy and poised for more of the same against less formidable front sevens.


Latest News

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart probable (Fri Oct 2, 01:38 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (leg) is probable for Week 4.

Our View: Stewart is in better shape than expected for Week 4, but he's still not a great start at Tampa Bay. He has been getting volume but not converting it into usable fantasy numbers.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart working Friday (Fri Oct 2, 10:55 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (leg) is practicing Friday, Oct. 2.

Our View: Stewart has barely been relevant in fantasy leagues, despite his everydown status. He's not a good start at Tampa even if he is active.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart sits Thursday (Thu Oct 1, 12:15 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (leg) is out of practice Thursday, Oct. 1.

Our View: Keep an eye on reports tomorrow as missing today is one thing - missing Friday as well would raise the concern level. Stewart briefly left the game against New Orleans this past week and while we are not overly concerned, two missed practices would certainly put the week in doubt. Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne will split duties though neither one is really worth a play.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart on the sidelines (Wed Sep 30, 04:30 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (leg) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Our View: The matchup against the poor Buccaneers defense is a sweet one, but will Stewart be able to take advantage? Consider him a RB2/flex play due to this injury, but the upside is there for him to have 100 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
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Panthers | Ripe matchup for Jonathan Stewart (Tue Sep 29, 08:23 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (calf) draws the 30th-ranked rush defense in Week 4, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed 138 rushing yards per game through the first three weeks of the season.

Our View: Stewart could certainly use a shot in the arm, and perhaps this is the week he has a dominant performance. So far, Stewart has scored the 45th-most points of any running back in PPR leagues. That's not what you were expecting if you picked him up--no matter where--in your draft. Stewart needs to do more, and if healthy this could be his week.
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