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RB Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 14): Stewart came roaring back after his Week 9 fumbles opened the door for more Christian McCaffrey. He'll be worth carrying through the bye as emergency depth.

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Recent Stats and Projections

7 at CHI 28 14 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.8
8 at TB 28 11 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.4
9 vs ATL 21 11 21 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.1
10 vs MIA 25 17 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 11

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs MIA (17 / 110 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After fumbling twice last week against Atlanta, Jonathan Stewart looked like a new man on Monday night. His first few touches were indicative of what was to come, as the Panthers offensive line blew open holes and allowed Stewart to find his rhythm. He showed good patience on a toss play to the left before later tiptoeing along the sideline to get a first down. The constant backfield movement and window dressing caused Miami problems, and Stewart was able to take advantage in the second half as the Dolphins' gap discipline faltered. Stewart ran with authority to close out the game, but was unable to break any long ones.

2017 Week 9 vs ATL (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It proved to be a forgettable outing for Jonathan Stewart, who uncharacteristically lost two fumbles and may have ceded his starting role in the process. Stewart doesn't look comfortable running the types of plays the Panthers give him at times, with east-west cuts valued over Stewart's preferred north-south, bruising style. The first carry of the game was symptomatic of it; a sweep run that saw him tackled for a short gain as he sorted out his feet. His first fumble saw an Atlanta tackler violently rip the ball out after he hit a pile; the second was more routine, as the ball simply popped out on contact. Stewart seldom saw the field after the turnovers, with Christian McCaffrey wrestling away key touches.

2017 Week 8 vs TB (11 / 34 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Like the last few weeks, Jonathan Stewart and the rushing attack failed to get into gear. It wasn't for a lack of trying, however; the Bucs generally did a good job pursuing the ball carriers and offered little room to work with. Stewart managed to put a gloss on his day with a rushing touchdown as he dove over the top of the pile from the one-yard line to break the plane. Stewart looked good running between the tackles on occasion, but a sweep to the right saw him look indecisive and resulted in a loss of yardage. Cameron Artis-Payne was inserted into the line-up to take away some snaps, something worth watching moving forward.

2017 Week 7 vs CHI (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Like previous weeks, Jonathan Stewart and the Panthers rushing attack failed to get a consistent push. The Bears front had a lot to do with the Panthers' lack of success, as running lanes were often plugged by big bodies. A reshuffle of offensive linemen for Carolina affected the cohesion of the unit as well. Stewart was largely limited to short gains, but managed to pop a couple of nice dashes on well-blocked plays. Otherwise, Stewart was unable to create space on his own.

2017 Week 6 vs PHI (8 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart was a non-factor in this game as the Eagles front seven dominated the Panthers offensive line. It was no contest from the get-go, with Stewart being met behind the line of scrimmage. Predictable play calling contributed to his lack of success, with first down runs being the death knell for the Panthers' drives. Stewart continued to get touches into the second half, but it was Christian McCaffrey's impact in the passing attack that was deemed more effective and suitable for a comeback game script.

2017 Week 5 vs DET (18 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

The Lions made things very difficult for the Panthers as far as establishing a ground game, and Jonathan Stewart had to work hard for every yard. At times, however, Stewart became a little impatient and overeager, perhaps, as he tried to bounce it outside when the original point of attack was covered. Stewart got involved in the passing attack with some short dump-offs on screen and flair passes, and managed to juke a Lions defender out of his shoes on one particular play. When he got back to basics and ran north and south, he found some joy and trucked a couple of would-be tacklers. He was denied in the red zone on a couple of occasions, as it was the passing attack that carried the day.

2017 Week 4 vs NE (14 / 68 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Stewart found it tough to penetrate a stubborn Patriots run defense, but continued to take what was given to him. With the passing attack operating at such a high level, however, Stewart's role was diminished. When he was handed the ball, he looked his usual self, patiently probing for daylight and bulling past and through defenders. Stewart will have been disappointed with an uncharacteristic fumble in the second half as the Panthers were driving for a score. The ball was tucked in to his chest, but a hard hit from a helmet in the pile knocked it loose, and the Patriots recovered. To his credit, Stewart bounced back on the next possession and ripped off a 15-yard run on the clinching drive to ignite the offense.

2017 Week 3 vs NO (12 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

The game script dictated that this was a game for backfield mate Christian McCaffrey, and not Stewart, to shine. The bulldozing back played well when given opportunities, hitting it north and south and showing good patience to let his blocks develop. The use of fakes and jet sweep motions to McCaffrey gave Stewart clearer running lanes at times. Stewart got the call on the Panthers' first possession in the red zone, but the Saints managed to bottle him up. Otherwise it proved to be a disappointing day for the Panthers offense, with Stewart suffering.

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 finally logs 100-yard game (Tue Nov 14, 12:23 AM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart recorded his first 100-yard game of the season, totaling 110 yards on 17 carries in the team's Week 10 triumph Monday, Nov. 13, opposite the Miami Dolphins.

Panthers | Week 10 injury report for Panthers (Sat Nov 11, 04:15 PM) - Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil (neck) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 11, and has been ruled out for Week 10. FS Mike Adams (concussion), WR Kaelin Clay (ribs), PK Graham Gano (knee), DE Charles X. Johnson (non-injury), TE Chris Manhertz (concussion), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), WR Curtis Samuel (ankle), RB Jonathan Stewart (toe), OT John Theus (concussion) and OG Trai Turner (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. The Panthers did not hold a practice Saturday, so the practice designations are estimations.

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart will be in uniform (Sat Nov 11, 03:52 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (toe) fully participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 10. The Panthers did not hold a practice Saturday, so his practice designation is an estimation.

Our View: Stewart played a season-low 21 snaps against the Falcons in Week 9. He also fumbled twice in that game, so don't be surprised if we see a bit more of Christian McCaffrey toting the rock.

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart puts in full practice (Fri Nov 10, 06:38 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (toe) was able to take part in a full practice session Friday, Nov. 10.

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Panthers | Friday practice report for Carolina (Fri Nov 10, 03:04 PM) - Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil (neck) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 10. S Mike Adams (concussion), WR Kaelin Clay (ribs), PK Graham Gano (knee), DE Charles Johnson (rest), TE Chris Manhertz (concussion), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), WR Curtis Samuel (ankle), RB Jonathan Stewart (toe), OT John Theus (concussion) and OG Trai Turner fully participated in practice.

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