RB Jonathan Stewart, Free agent

HT: 5-10, WT: 235, Born: 3-21-1987, College: Oregon, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 13

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2014 Projections

GRSHYDY/RTDRECYDY/RTDFPT
David Dodds14.0130.05073.93.09.0667.30.075
Bob Henry14.0150.06504.33.018.01508.30.098
Jason Wood13.0135.06004.45.020.01005.00.0100
Maurile Tremblay16.098.03934.03.011.0837.50.066

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: Jonathan Stewart (157), J Matthews (158), A Bradshaw (159)
Position: C Michael (141-RB49), L Blount (147-RB50), Jonathan Stewart (157 - RB51), A Bradshaw (159-RB52), S Greene (162-RB53)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: K Britt (153), Jonathan Stewart (154), A Bradshaw (155), A Smith (156)
Position: C Michael (136-RB48), C Ivory (150-RB49), Jonathan Stewart (154 - RB50), A Bradshaw (155-RB51), T Mason (158-RB52)
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Outlook

Jonathan Stewart spent most of 2013 sidelined due to ankle and knee woes, appearing in just six contests to post 48/180/0 rushing and 7/44/0 receiving for the regular season. This, after a frustrating 2012 campaign in which he played in nine games producing 93/336/1 rushing and 17/157/1 receiving. Stewart tore his MCL during week 14 last season and missed the fantasy playoffs - he is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp and reports on May 5 indicated that Stewart is practicing yoga and has initiated a stretching routine to try and stay healthier during the 2014 season. However, training camp started with Stewart again suffering an injury - now he has a pulled hamstring, and is expected to miss two-to-four weeks. He may also miss at least the first preseason game - as we saw last year with Steven Jackson in Atlanta, soft tissue injuries can be nagging issues and Stewart isn't known as a 'fast healer'. Fantasy owners will want to monitor his progress recovering from the hamstring injury as camp progresses.


2014 Schedule

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2013 Game Summaries

Week 9 - After 11 long months of not seeing the field, Jonathan Stewart made his long-awaited return off the PUP list. After being eased in with a few touches and a fantastic blitz pick-up in the early stages, Stewart blossomed in the second half and looked strong, compact and quick on his runs. Sharing time with DeAngelo Williams, Stewart found very little running room as Atlanta stacked the box and played sound defense throughout. However, late in the game Stewart was able to find chinks in Atlanta's armour and showed good patience and burst on his touches, including an impressive 16-yard scamper. Stewart played only 19 snaps to Williams' 29, but the former's fresh legs stood out. A timeshare is likely to break out between the two backs over the coming weeks, but this performance ˝ in his first action for almost a year ˝ is highly encouraging for Stewart's outlook.

Week 10 - In a knockdown, drag out type of meeting between similar teams, Jonathan Stewart tried to assert his physicality on the 49ers as best he could, but he found creases hard to come by. A formidable Niners front seven consistently set the edge and forced Stewart inside, where three- and four-yard rushes were par for the course. Stewart carried the ball 13 times to DeAngelo Williams' eight, but was unable to break off any big runs in a game where there was only one play of over 20 yards. However, in only his second week back after injury, Stewart appeared patient behind his blocks and was able to limit negative carries by weaving his way through traffic at times. It was an encouraging display for the back, who is still not up to full speed.

Week 11 - Like backfield mates Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart found no joy running against a stout Patriots front seven that closed every hole before the backs had a chance to attack it. The one time Stewart managed to break through, he showed good patience and power, but his opportunities were few and far between.

Week 12 - Jonathan Stewart appeared smooth and patient on his handful of carries, pressing the hole nicely on occasion to find small creases to run through. Miami prevented Carolina from breaking off any long runs, but Stewart was undeterred, fighting through tacklers when he had to and always finding a way to earn positive yards. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera described the offensive line as Űspooked' after an early hit on Cam Newton, but they responded nicely in the final two quarters, with Stewart breaking off a couple of nice runs, including a 12-yard tote on a power sweep, a play that is becoming a staple of the rushing attack in Carolina.

Week 13 - Stuffed early and often by a stingy Tampa Bay front seven, Jonathan Stewart showed no signs of giving up. When the holes didn't present themselves, he would take what he could get, lowering his pads and driving his stocky legs for a yard or two. DeAngelo Williams' absence gave Stewart the bulk of the workload, but Stewart was simply unable to get going. After pounding the football early, offensive coordinator Mike Shula leaned on the passing game as the contest wore on, relegating Stewart to a role in pass protection, a job he performed solidly. He looked slightly indecisive at times, not hitting the hole when it presented itself, however fleeting the opportunity was. Backfield mate Mike Tolbert proved to be more effective on his touches in the second half, with the Panthers utilising different types of rushing plays like sweeps and tosses to outflank the Bucs. Although Stewart failed to produce a run longer than six yards, the Bucs deserve a lot of credit and are one of the better rush defenses in the league.

Week 14 - Suffering a knee injury off the back of consecutive 16 yards plays that seemed to give Carolina a much-needed spark, Jonathan Stewart only saw his first touches in the second quarter. DeAngelo Williams was given the start and looked effective early on. Unfortunately Stewart's day was cut short and he saw no further action after his injury.