RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers
|5-10, 235||Born: 3-21-1987||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): The Panthers keep on winning, the touchdowns keep on coming, and the game scripts remain ideal for Stewart, who is putting his injury-prone past behind him. Next week brings a Thanksgiving day game vs. Dallas. The only worry here is that the Panthers shut down Stewart once they get home field and that happens before Week 16.
Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton and the Panthers went 'Boom' last week against the weak Washington defense - Jonathan Stewart scored again (21/102/0 rushing with 1/12/1 receiving), as did Mike Tolbert (7/5/0 rushing with 2/5/1 receiving) and all told the Panthers gained 39/142/0 rushing. Stewart is on a roll with 87/341/2 rushing and 3/15/1 receiving since Week Eight - it's all good for the Panthers in this phase of the game entering Week 12. The Dallas rush D is ranked 15th in the NFL so far, averaging 104.7 yards allowed per game, and they are coughing up one TD per game on average (10 allowed to date). Over the last four weeks (four games) the Dallas D is 14th in the NFL averaging 17.7 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs - last week they coughed up 14/70/0 rushing to Miami, while two games back Tampa posted 25/81/1 rushing vs. Dallas. This is a neutral matchup for the hard-charging Panthers' backs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs WAS (21 / 102 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 1 rec)
The engine of an impressive Panthers offensive performance, Jonathan Stewart got the team off on the right foot. Set up yards away from the goal line, Cam Newton executed a nice play fake to Stewart, who then flared into the right flat. Newton found him immediately and Stewart did the rest for the easy score. He was, however, flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after throwing a football at a Washington defender, insisting the defender had taken a cheap shot at his knee after the score. Stewart took advantage of a gassed Washington defense throughout, showing terrific burst and patience at the line to let his blocks develop. On one particular run off left tackle, Stewart looked dead to rights in the backfield, but somehow escaped and used a stiff arm and some nifty footwork to break loose. Even with the game well in hand, Stewart continued to churn out yardage behind a determined offensive line that seemed to get stronger as the game wore on.
2015 Week 10 vs TEN (22 / 91 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart looked very comfortable from the get-go against Tennessee, finding small creases and looking particularly spry going north and south. Even when backfield penetration from Tennessee forced him to make a quick cut, he showed great fluidity of movement to bounce and drive for yards. His decisiveness as a runner was evident on his touchdown dash. With Newton in the shotgun, both Stewart and Greg Olsen flanked him. At the snap, Stewart and Olsen crossed each other to create confusion in the defense, allowing Stewart a nice lane behind left guard to burst through. Showing incredible vision to interpret his blocks at the second level, Stewart weaved around a would-be tackler and bounced it left for the score. Stewart kept the momentum up and finished the game strong, wearing Tennessee down with some powerful totes late. Stewart was unfortunate not to record a second rushing touchdown, as a late carry was stopped just shy of the goal line.
2015 Week 9 vs GB (20 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
It was a gutsy performance from Jonathan Stewart, who had to scratch and claw for every yard on the ground against a Packers defense that loaded the box. Stewart was able to find some creases from time to time and maximized them, dragging tacklers and lowering his shoulder to fall forward for extra yards. The return of centre Ryan Kalil gave the ground game a boost, and Stewart found joy running behind the interior trio of the offensive line, who bullied the Packers' interior defenders. Stewart came just short of scoring a touchdown on a physical run during which he dragged a tackler or two, ending up at the three-yard line. In a workmanlike display, Stewart kept the Packers defense honest, but it was the arm of Cam Newton that had to get the job done.
2015 Week 8 vs IND (24 / 82 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Once again shouldering a heavy load for the offense, Jonathan Stewart fought through the tough, wet conditions in Charlotte in some style. Showing a never-say-die approach on each run, Stewart refused to go down on first contact and lowered his pads to gain extra yards when the opportunity presented itself. The Colts sold out to stop the ground game and did a good job bottling up Stewart and forcing him outside, where his lack of top-end speed could be exploited. The Panthers offense lost starting guard Andrew Norwell early to a hamstring injury, and center Ryan Kalil was also missing through injury. Despite that, Stewart managed to feel his blocks well and hit the hole with anger and determination. His touchdown run encapsulated everything good about his game; set up at the one-yard line, Stewart showed excellent patience, vision and power to allow the crease to present itself before hitting it with authority, showing terrific second effort. Stewart fumbled the football on an exchange with Newton after the ball was knocked out with a clubbed fist, only Stewart's second fumble in 606 touches.
2015 Week 7 vs PHI (24 / 125 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Assuming the workhorse role against a stout Eagles front, Jonathan Stewart did not shirk his responsibilities and, if anything, only got stronger as the hits kept coming. The Panthers showed a real commitment to the ground game, hoping to capitalize on the Eagles' smaller back seven players with their physical offensive line. The game plan worked, but only because Stewart made it work with a 'bull in a china shop' mentality between the tackles. It wasn't all a handful of yards and a cloud of dust, though; Stewart showed great feel and patience for running lanes and consistently maximized his rush attempts. His number was not called in the red zone, but that was more a consequence of him being tired after toting the football so many times on the drives in question. His lone mistake was a missed block in pass protection that resulted in a sack, but that was the exception to the rule this season for Stewart, who has been solid in that department. It was a statement performance from Stewart.
2015 Week 6 vs SEA (20 / 78 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
A bullish Jonathan Stewart provided the impetus for a Panthers offense that needed a spark after a sluggish start in Seattle. Stewart, running with reckless abandon for his wellbeing, punished tacklers and maximized every touch to keep the offense on schedule. Seattle denied Stewart on occasion with some backfield penetration, but even on those carries Stewart managed to squeeze out of contact and earn some tough yards. The Panthers offensive line has been a pleasant surprise this season, and often extra blockers were kept in to help set the edge, which Stewart took advantage of on a beautiful counter off left tackle. Stewart's tough, no-nonsense style was the exclamation point for two touchdown drives, as the former Oregon back dove over the top on one and bulldozed his way through would-be tacklers for the other. Stewart was not able to break any long runs, but this was a game of well-played defense and he made the most of the touches he got.
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 NewsPanthers | Jonathan Stewart has 100-yard game (Sun Nov 22, 06:42 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart ran 21 times for 102 yards and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in a 44-16 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Nov. 22. Our View: Stewart got a winning game script yet again and was able to convert a rare score in the passing game. He'll be a borderline RB1 in a somewhat tough matchup at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
link to story Panthers | Jonathan Stewart posts 91 yards, TD (Sun Nov 15, 07:39 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) carried 22 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans. He did not have any catches or targets. Our View: Stewart is a strong RB2 when he scores and bland flex when he doesn't. He'll get chances to score every week if the undefeated Panthers keep playing well on both sides of the ball against a weak schedule.
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