RB Jonathan Stewart - Free Agent
|5-10, 235||Born: 3-21-1987||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2008|
2018 Week 1 vs JAX (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart accomplished very little and only got two carries. The Giants are going to use Barkley a lot this season, veteran Stewart will have no fantasy value with the team as it is. He should not be owned in any league.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs NYJ (15 / 26 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart found little joy against the Jets' front seven, which consistently played well at the point of attack. Stewart did well to find creases when they presented themselves, however. An attempted pitch out to the back saw him lose control of the end-over-end football and lose eight yards. An early red zone dive over the top of the pile saw Stewart fall just short of pay dirt, but he made up for it soon after, following a wonderful seal block from right guard Trai Turner for the score.
2017 Week 13 vs NO (11 / 45 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a game against New Orleans where Carolina was playing catch up, Stewart's role was muted. Stewart was out-snapped handily by Christian McCaffrey. The biggest chunk of Stewart's production came on the opening play for Carolina's offense, finding a wide open lane to the perimeter for more than 10 yards. Stewart also converted a goal line carry by going over the top on his end zone plunge, his third touchdown in the last five games. The biggest limitation of Stewart's role is his complete lack of passing game involvement with Christian McCaffrey cemented as the receiving back. Stewart has not caught a pass since Week 5, relying on strong volume or a touchdown to log a solid performance.
2017 Week 14 vs MIN (16 / 103 / 3 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There was a strong intent from the outset to run the football effectively on this cold December day in Charlotte, and Jonathan Stewart was happy to take on that role. A determined Stewart got into a rhythm early and seemed to be enjoying running behind an offensive line that played cohesively and blew open some big holes. Perhaps none was bigger than the massive gap between right guard and right tackle in the first quarter that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown scamper. The line folded the Vikings defensive front in a short yardage situation with excellent blocking, giving Stewart a clear lane to pay dirt. Stewart continued to see action in the red zone, with the Panthers intent on punching it in on the ground, perhaps not trusting their outside options to win against the Vikings' cornerbacks. Stewart added a second score off left guard in the red zone, showing phenomenal power and leg drive to bull through a tackler. He added a third touchdown to seal the game in the dying moments, diving over the top and breaking the plane just before the ball was jarred loose from his hands.
2017 Week 15 vs GB (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart took a backseat to Christian McCaffrey this week after dominating the Vikings last time out. Stewart, notably, got a lot of touches in the red zone but failed to capitalise as the Packers shut the door. The Panthers went pass-happy in the second half as they tried to claw back the four-point deficit, leaving Stewart a bit-part player for the most part.
2017 Week 16 vs TB (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
The forgotten man in the backfield against the Bucs, Jonathan Stewart was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage and had little success. The second half saw a greater commitment to the run, and Stewart popped off some nice gains, but the Bucs were generally well-disciplined and able to corral him. Stewart only got his first carry in the second quarter and generally took a back seat role to Christian McCaffrey.
2017 Week 18 vs NO (11 / 51 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It proved to be a forgettable affair for Jonathan Stewart who, after busting off a big run on the first offensive play, faded into the background. The Panthers stayed with a physical ground attack as long as they could, but once the Saints built the lead they had to scrap that strategy. Stewart was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage as the Saints remained disciplined. He busted off another big run at the start of the second half to ignite the offense, but was largely kept in check.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs DAL (21 / 68 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
It was another quietly productive game from the Panthers' workhorse back, who displayed his usual blend of patience and power to good effect. Stewart started strongly as the offensive line blasted open holes and gave him a good platform to work from. The game quickly turned into a favorable game script for the Carolina offense, and when things flowed through Stewart they appeared unstoppable. After a couple of lackluster drives in the third quarter punctuated by pass attempts, they returned to the ground game and prospered. Stewart's leg drive on inside runs was impressive, but he found little joy outside against a fast-flowing Dallas defense. Stewart got involved in the passing game, finding space outside on a couple of check down passes, but his best work was between the tackles.
2015 Week 13 vs NO (21 / 82 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
In a typically no-nonsense outing, Jonathan Stewart managed to keep the Panthers offense on schedule despite some early hiccups. That error came in the form of a fumble which was recovered by the Saints and returned for a touchdown. It appeared to be a normal Stewart run, but before he could get down to the ground the ball was knocked out from under his arm. With every player stopping, Stephone Anthony picked the ball up and went straight to the end zone. The mistake - and the physicality being shown by a fired-up Saints front seven - seemed to energize Stewart, who only grew stronger as the game went on. He consistently broke tackles and showed terrific Matrix-esque moves on a couple of dump-off passes into the flat. Thriving behind a good offensive line performance, Stewart showed his patience and speed on several touches, often making something out of nothing. He capped off his day with a touchdown on a clever option pitch from Cam Newton, adjusting well to the lofted ball. Stewart had more red zone opportunities, but a stout Saints defense seemed intent on taking away the Panthers' rushing attack inside the 20.
2015 Week 14 vs ATL (10 / 75 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Starting off strongly with a huge run behind a convoy of blockers, who created a terrific seal, Jonathan Stewart set the tone early for the Panthers offense. Despite facing eight-man boxes, the quality of the blocks in front of him allowed Stewart to pick his way through traffic and gain positive yardage. He showed excellent vision on an inside give that was going nowhere; spotting the contain defender off left tackle had squeezed too far inside, Stewart bounced out the back door and turned it into a nice gain. His lone touchdown run came on a diving effort at the 1-yard line behind the interior of the Panthers offensive line, which bulldozed a path for the bullish back. Stewart picked up a slight foot injury at some point in the first half. With the game in hand, the coaching staff opted to sit him for the remainder of the game and he saw no snaps in the second half, paving the way for a committee of Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert.
2014 Week 1 vs TB (9 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
After a long spell of will he, won't he rhetoric being thrown around in the media and, indeed, perhaps in his own mind, Jonathan Stewart made a solid if unspectacular return to the Panthers' backfield. Ably spelling DeAngelo Williams, Stewart earned the tough yards he gained between the tackles as the Bucs clamped down on the rushing attack early. Stewart played his part in the passing game too, scooting upfield on a well-executed screen pass. Stewart was solid in pass protection as usual, stoning rushers and diverting blitzers to give his quarterback time. Although not a big statistical outing for Stewart, it is clear his unique blend of power, speed and elusiveness is still very much intact.
2014 Week 2 vs DET (15 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Although the box score will not reflect it, Jonathan Stewart played like a bull in a china shop against the Lions, getting stronger as the game progressed. It was tough sledding against the Detroit front seven throughout, but Stewart consistently powered through tacklers and fought for extra yardage. On an early screen pass, Stewart seemed to be bottled up but showed great second effort to break a pair of tackles and tack on an extra five yards. Stewart got the bulk of the work with backfield mate DeAngelo Williams missing out due to injury and made his case for more work going forward with a no-nonsense performance. Stewart bulled into the end zone for a deserved touchdown in the fourth quarter, refusing to go down on first contact as he weaved his way to pay dirt with a smooth spin move.
2014 Week 3 vs PIT (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart looked spry and decisive in the few touches he received in this one-sided contest, but the lack of commitment to the ground game - combined with a poor display by the Panthers offensive line - put paid to any chance Stewart had of putting together a 100-yard game. Stewart hobbled off the field with a knee injury and is set to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent. The former Oregon back got into a rhythm early with a screen pass, rumbling along the sideline for 10 yards. Stewart pops from time to time with his trademark blend of power and pace, but he lacks the kind of killer instinct he used to possess. The Steelers defense stymied Stewart's progress on more than one occasion as they played good fundamentals and defeated the blocks of the Panthers line, often with ease. The game script did not allow Carolina to stay patient with the ground game ultimately, and Stewart's future with the franchise may once again be in doubt if his latest injury is serious.
2014 Week 7 vs GB (14 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
With the offensive line unable to provide much push and with the offense unable to sustain drives, Jonathan Stewart's afternoon was not a pleasant one. Time and again he would be met by Packers defenders, who played disciplined football and kept everything funneled to the inside. Stewart, to his credit, produced a couple of ;bull in a china shop' style runs in the fourth quarter, but was a non-factor prior to that. The game script meant the Panthers had to get away from their preferred run-first strategy and Stewart bore the brunt. Although Stewart displayed good second effort on a handful of carries, he has lost the "it" factor to defeat defenses with power.
2014 Week 8 vs SEA (16 / 79 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Producing what was perhaps one of the best performances of his career against a salty defense, Jonathan Stewart looked back to his old self against Seattle. Showing an excellent blend of patience, burst and power that used to be his trademark pre-injury, Stewart bulled between the tackles and made Seahawks miss in the hole with slick and quick moves. Utilised in the screen game ˝ a staple of the Carolina offense ˝ Stewart was equally effective, although a swarming Seattle defense managed to defeat blocks and gave him very little room with which to operate. There was a big emphasis entering the game to establish the run, and Stewart responded in just the right way. Even behind a patchwork offensive line, Stewart showed just how effective a force he can be ˝ when healthy.
2014 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart fell under the spell of the lacklustre Panthers offensive performance and couldn't find his mojo against a stubborn Saints defense. On option plays, Stewart was often met at the line of scrimmage as a prepared New Orleans bunch snuffed it out time and again. When Stewart had room to roam, he showed good power and second effort that is typical of his game post-injury, but those moments were few and far between.
2014 Week 10 vs PHI (11 / 36 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Stewart again appeared to be the more effective runner between he and long time backfield mate DeAngelo Williams, but when the offense is performing this badly it doesn't really matter. Any fantasy owners who started Stewart were bailed out by the touchdown, but he had a pedestrian at best night without the score. Carolina doesn't run the ball enough to give any of their backs, including Stewart, enough carries to get into a rhythm. Stewart's 3.3 YPC doesn't look good, but given the play calling and the performance of the offensive line, it was about as good as could be expected.
2014 Week 11 vs ATL (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Operating in the usual platoon backfield set-up, Jonathan Stewart was unable to get into a rhythm despite the Panthers showing some decent run blocking up front from the get-go. On a stretch play to the strong side, Stewart showed excellent vision to cut back and find a seam on the back side, breaking a tackle for 13 yards. Carolina's inability to convert on a number of third down opportunities meant drives were stalled and the backs couldn't establish a flow. Stewart was sound in pass protection and presented a viable target in the passing attack when all other options were covered.
2014 Week 13 vs MIN (12 / 85 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
The lone bright spark in what was a dismal performance in all phases by the reeling Panthers, Jonathan Stewart showed the rest of the team how it is done. The former Oregon back showed terrific burst, patience and power throughout on only 12 carries to give the Panthers a semblance of a ground game that they so badly needed. A 26-yard scamper off left tackle was Stewart's highlight as he followed the lead block of his left guard Andrew Norwell and shot through a gap once it appeared to scoot down the left sideline. Stewart did a great job throwing a block for Newton on a broken play as the quarterback wheeled right to get a first down. It was evident that Stewart was getting stronger as the game wore on; between the tackles he was a load to deal with and often broke two tackles before being taken down.
2014 Week 14 vs NO (20 / 155 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Running hot and continuing to show why he should be the de facto number one back, Jonathan Stewart looked spry, shifty and powerful against a Saints defense that had no answers. Stewart's runs set a tone early and he was able to run through first contact and bull past would-be tacklers for some nice gains. Combined with his power and toughness, he showed an excellent patience when the holes weren't there; in general, however, the offensive line which had been much maligned for many weeks blew open gaps. Stewart was able to capitalise and showed breakaway speed to kill off the game at the start of the second half with a career-long run of 69 yards for a touchdown. Stewart felt the hole developing off right guard and sprang into life, shooting through and down the right sideline. It was a sensational display by a back whose toil of the past few weeks in losing efforts was rewarded at last.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (22 / 73 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Handed the bulk of the workload with DeAngelo Williams unable to play due to injury, Jonathan Stewart once more showed why he should remain the Panthers' top running back going forward. Stewart's economy of motion, combined with a swift yet powerful running style, allowed him to start this game off red hot. The offensive line, much maligned in recent games, maintained their blocks and gave Stewart an excellent platform, with rookie guard pairing Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell excelling in particular. Stewart burst through arm tackles for several long gains early, but even as Tampa Bay firmed up their run defense Stewart still found creases and exploited them when he could. A fumble in the red zone was the lone lowlight of an otherwise solid performance. On the play in question, Stewart tried to bounce a run outside after being stuffed initially. However, the Bucs were wise to it and within seconds three defenders converged on Stewart, ripping the ball free.
2014 Week 16 vs CLE (24 / 122 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 1 rec)
Building off the momentum of the past few weeks when he started and impressed, Jonathan Stewart bulldozed his way past Browns from start to finish. The Panthers ground game showed its potency early on, with Stewart showing excellent patience to let his blocks develop and slicing his way through small creases. Stewart's vision was evident as he produced a sweet cutback on a play that looked to be going nowhere; he turned it into a 10-yard gain. When Stewart got to the second level, no Browns defenders wanted a piece of him, and he would make them pay with strong finishes. Stewart got his reward for his strong play when he found space in the end zone to catch a touchdown from Newton, who had to buy time and scramble away from the pass rush. Stewart settled down in the end zone and it was an easy pitch and catch for the score. Stewart had a beautiful run to seal the deal for the Panthers as he weaved left, then burst back right for 20+ yards.
2014 Week 17 vs ATL (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
December's leading rusher entering this contest, Jonathan Stewart did little to dissuade Ron Rivera to keep giving him the rock when it counts the most. Benefiting from a superb offensive line display and the threat posed off the zone read by Cam Newton, Stewart was able to find creases consistently. He ran with good burst and power between and outside the tackles, rarely going down on first contact. If anything, he got stronger as the game wore on, even contributing as a check down option in the passing game. The game was well in hand by midway through the third quarter, allowing Stewart to take a breather, and hence limiting his touches.
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (24 / 123 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
The Panthers' workhorse during this winning streak once again showed why the coaching staff holds him in such high regard. Stewart was the hammer behind the Panthers' offensive output in the first half. With Cam Newton struggling to hit his targets, Stewart carried the load. He looked powerful, swift and shifty on his runs, seeming to find extra reserves at the point of the tackle and bulling through for extra yards. Stewart got into the end zone early on to make it 10-0 on a well-designed veer play. Stewart came across the formation, with the left guard pulling towards the play side. Newton read the frontside defensive end and made a good read, giving the ball to Stewart as the guard led him to pay dirt. Stewart, as he did all game, made a tackler miss on the play. He killed the game off with a back-breaking 35-yard scamper in the fourth quarter, showing fresh legs despite his heavy workload of late.
2014 Week 19 vs SEA (13 / 70 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Carrying the load for the offense once more, Jonathan Stewart fought his heart out against Seattle. Stewart never gave up on first contact, always lowering his pads for extra yardage and showing excellent determination to roll forward or spin off a tackler for the inches more he could wring out of a run. Stewart fumbled out of bounds on the opening play, a screen pass into the left flat, but responded well. In a mistake eerily similar to that which hurt the Panthers in their Week 8 game against Seattle, Cam Newton and Stewart had a miscommunication on a zone read exchange. Stewart was handed the football a beat too late as defensive end Michael Bennett was closing in on him, and the ball was knocked out of his hands. To his credit, he didn't let the mistake haunt him and was instrumental in the Panthers' mini-fightback.
2013 Week 9 vs ATL (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 10 vs SF (13 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 12 vs MIA (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 13 vs TB (14 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs NO (1 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 2 vs NO (11 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)
Jonathan Stewart looked fine in his return from injury, showing no ill effects in his cuts. Stewart hammered for yardage between the tackles and like Ingram, his Saints counterpart; he never went down without a fight. Stewart scored his touchdown on a 17-yard screen pass that was cleverly designed to commit backside defenders, allowing the offensive line to get out in front and pave his way to the end zone. Stewart is a good RB2 with RB1 upside in the correct match-ups.
2012 Week 4 vs ATL (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart looked to get stronger as the game went on, running with his trademark power and displaying a refusal to go down. Although his touches were limited, Stewart managed to find more success running between the tackles than Williams, albeit Atlanta snuffed out such runs in the second half. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski pulled out all the stops in this game and had all three backs on the field at the same time on some plays. This was a difficult comeback game for Stewart to jump into, but he should have more opportunity in the coming weeks.
2012 Week 5 vs SEA (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was able to break off one run over 10 yards in this game - and that is perhaps the most optimistic thing that can be said about the Panthers' rushing attack in this game. Stewart was not able to get into a rhythm and had two dropped passes on simple mental errors. Like his backfield mate Williams, Stewart also fumbled the football but was able to recover it. It was poor ball security on Stewart's part, but credit must go to the defender who ripped it away aggressively. Stewart was more of a fixture on passing downs than Williams, but his costly drops could have him pulled from that role.
2012 Week 7 vs DAL (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was the primary back for the Panthers against Dallas, but apart from a carry for 20 yards on a zone read right up the gut, Stewart was fairly ineffective. However, this wasn't totally his fault. Dallas' defensive front did an excellent job of playing the run, from the boundary cornerbacks to the nose tackle. They consistently attacked blockers and forced Stewart back inside to their help. Stewart got a chance on the goal line on a toss play, but it was quickly diagnosed and blown up by Dallas. Stewart could have broken off a couple of bigger gains if he had been able to escape one tackler. The speed, power and moves are there - it just appears he is wasted in the zone read system. Stewart played the majority of third downs and registered three catches. He is the primary passing down back and should hold this role going forward.
2012 Week 8 vs CHI (17 / 42 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Stewart got the majority of carries on Sunday, but was met with heavy resistance by the Bears' defensive front and often found himself hit well behind the line of scrimmage. He was also the second most targeted receiver in the pass attack--though he was way behind Steve Smith, who Cam Newton targeted almost to exclusion. Even when Stewart did have a big gain, it was mostly due to his own skill. Several times even his skill couldn't overcome the blocking in front of him. Case in point: during the second quarter, Stewart left the backfield and ran out to the flat, where Newton hit him with a short pass. Stewart had three blockers in front of him and only one defender. As he started running, one blocker ineffectively dove at defensive back Chris Conte's feet, the second blocker ran past Conte completely, turning too late to do anything and the third actually managed to block another incoming defender. Stewart got nine yards on the play, yes, but could have gotten more had his blockers been on point. All credit to the Bears' defense, who stayed in their gaps and plugged every hole, as well as won virtually every battle at the line but Stewart earned every yard and got very little help from his blockers.
2012 Week 9 vs WAS (10 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was again the primary ball carrier for the Panthers, with DeAngelo Williams scoring on the ground for Carolina. Stewart's production came on some sweep plays when he was able to get the edge and punish defensive backs and linebackers pursuing him with his power. Stewart ran with good pad level and rarely went down on first contact. The Panthers generally kept Stewart in passing situations and he did a solid job in protection. Although Stewart only carried the ball 10 times, he ran hard and with a better game script and more balanced playcalling, he could have had a better day statistically.
2012 Week 10 vs DEN (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart fought hard for every yard as usual against a Denver defense that was not giving up an inch. Unfortunately, after a promising start featuring several promising plays - including a 19-yard screen pass - Stewart's usage tailed off due to the game script. The Panthers still made an effort to get Stewart the football even as they trailed, but the Broncos were equal to it. Stewart had a long reception called back late by a block in the back penalty - it would have gone for 40+ yards. Overall, Stewart is still the Panthers back receiving the lion's share of the touches - he looks particularly dynamic in the screen game which, if the Panthers' offensive line continues to struggle, should be featured prominently.
2012 Week 11 vs TB (15 / 43 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart had an injury scare in this contest and his return was called questionable at one time. However, he came back into the game following the ankle ailment and seemed no worse for wear. Backfield mate DeAngelo Williams gobbled up some of the carries Stewart would normally have gotten, however. Stewart was still the primary back in the offense from the get-go, although the Panthers continued to run zone read concepts, with Newton often misreading the unblocked defender, leaving Stewart to be tackled immediately for a loss. The Buccaneers' number-one ranked run defense bottled up the Panthers' rushing attack for the majority of the game, in truth. Stewart had very few clear rushing lanes, and when he did, he was tackled at the LB level. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, to his credit, went back to a more traditional running attack in the second half, employing I-formation and under center plays. Stewart plunged in for a touchdown on the 1-yard line out of the I, showing great second effort and leg drive. Stewart is the more potent receiver out of the backfield as well; the screen game is becoming more and more a part of Carolina's offense. Stewart broke off a nice 30-yard play on a screen in the second quarter.
2012 Week 12 vs PHI (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart got the starting nod in this contest, but failed to hang on to it. The use of DeAngelo Williams for the majority of the second half, including in passing situations - normally Stewart's domain - could simply be a coach's decision. Stewart was largely ineffective in the first half except on a handful of touches. He could have been off to the races on a slow-developing screen pass, but the pass was slightly off target and he dropped it. Stewart's carries are still coming mostly out of a shotgun, spread look on zone read plays. At times, he looked a bit sluggish last night, which could be due in part to his lingering ankle injury.
2011 Week 1 vs ARI (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart played the better of the two Carolina running backs in this game, running with power and physicality throughout. Stewart did a great job picking up the blitz on several occasions, giving his QB the time he needed to complete passes, including the first touchdown. A typical punishing run for 25 yards was called back by a holding penalty, but Stewart demonstrated how hard he is to bring down in the open field on the play, dragging tacklers behind him. The rushing attack of the Panthers, usually the modus operandi of this team, took a back seat today as Newton and the passing game flourished. The game script figured into this, but this could also be the philosophy of new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski revealing itself.
2011 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 100 / 0 rec)
Like Williams, Jonathan Stewart found little running room in this game and so was used more as a pass catching option. Unlike Williams, Stewart made more of his touches and ran with excellent power and agility. A screen pass early against a corner blitz worked perfectly and Stewart gained 15 yards. Stewart looked very adept underneath catching short passes from Newton and then turning them into 10+ yard plays. On a key third down in the fourth quarter, Stewart hurdled two Packers and showed great balance to make a first down. It was his best play of the game without a doubt. Stewart was more elusive and dangerous in the open field than his backfield counterpart.
2011 Week 3 vs JAX (10 / 59 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
While DeAngelo Williams has taken a couple of steps back this year, Jonathan Stewart has done the exact opposite, seizing the opportunity presented to him. The Jaguars defensive front managed to get decent penetration in this game, so the backs had to bounce it to the outside on occasion. Stewart did this very well, staying patient and finding the crease. Stewart's downhill, physical running style was on show early as he rumbled for a 13 yard run, running through contact as always. Stewart earned his yardage in chunks and always ran tough after initial contact. An unbelievable 61 yard catch and run in the pouring rain was called back as Stewart, after flipping backwards over a defender, was ruled down by contact. The balance and determination he showed on that play encapsulated his performance. On a counter play in the fourth quarter, Stewart delivered a dagger to the heart of Jacksonville's hopes, running for 22 yards and a huge first down to essentially kill the game. Stewart is the more productive and more explosive back in this backfield hands down, and soon the distribution of touches will reflect that.
2011 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 52 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart has been the more impressive of the Carolina backs through the first three games, but he and DeAngelo Williams had more or less similar production in this game and both looked good. Stewart had a beautiful 16 yard run out of the shotgun on a counter play early, doing a terrific job to see the lane, put his foot in the ground and weave around defenders. Stewart was called upon at the goal line but was tackled quickly by the Bears defense. Stewart took a screen pass up the field for 20 yards against a CB blitz later in the game, showing good patience to follow his blocks. Stewart has really improved his skills as a pass catcher since Rob Chudzinski has taken over as offensive coordinator. In the second half, Stewart and the Panthers rushing offense got into gear. Stewart ran with authority, dragging tacklers in his wake as always. Stewart still appears to be the more talented back overall in this backfield, but don't count out Williams yet. This could cap Stewart's value in the short term.
2011 Week 5 vs NO (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart won't get much credit for his display against the Saints if you simply scan through his numbers. Stewart was unbelievable in pass protection to give Newton the time to find Steve Smith for his incredible touchdown, however. He did not first carry the football until the third quarter mainly due to DeAngelo Williams' success, but also due in part to the Panthers lack of possession. The Saints dominated the Panthers in TOP almost 5:1 in the first half. Stewart carried the football several times at the start of the second half with good results, pounding defenders with his usual physical, downhill style. Do not panic based on this game - bigger days are ahead for Stewart.
2011 Week 6 vs ATL (7 / 48 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart ran with terrific power and speed throughout the game, getting most of his carries out of the shotgun on draws and delay runs. Stewart continued to show his prowess as far as blitz pickup; he stoned defenders on a few occasions to give Newton an extra second to find his targets. Stewart scored his first touchdown of the season on a hard-fought run from the 1-yard line. He got hit a couple of times by Atlanta defenders, but used his lower body strength to finish it. Stewart will continue to cede carries to both Williams and Newton, but he will be productive with the carries he gets, so for that reason he is trustworthy as a flex at minimum from week to week.
2011 Week 7 vs WAS (14 / 68 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart ran hard as usual and punished defenders with his running style. Stewart had a nice early run out of a loaded backfield on a read option play. Stewart took a carry outside left tackle for almost 30 yards in the second half as he got good blocks on the outside from Greg Olsen and Legedu Naanee. Stewart capped a solid day with a touchdown in the red zone as the Panthers lined up in a tackle over look, overloading one side and running that way. Stewart fumbled at the goal line late in the game and fortunately it was recovered by the Panthers. It happened as he was trying to reach the ball across the plane.
2011 Week 8 vs MIN (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart, despite leaving the game for a short period to nurse a foot injury, came in, started and did a good job with his carries. Stewart ran with his usual level of physicality and grit, carrying tacklers in his wake and punishing defenders. Like Williams, Stewart was not able to break off a long run thanks in large part to some solid defensive play from the Vikings linebackers and safeties. Stewart had to bounce runs outside on many occasions despite the run being intended to go inside the tackles. Like Williams, Stewart is a flex option or an RB2 at best.
2011 Week 10 vs TEN (4 / 23 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart started off the game in poor fashion by dropping a screen pass, a preview of what was to come for this Panthers offense. The Panthers went to the run early to offset the Titans pass rush. Stewart had a typical tough run between the tackles for nine yards early, pounding defenders and gaining yards after first contact. Most of Stewart's time in this game was spent in pass protection as the Panthers got behind early and had to get away from the ground game. Stewart is still the more valuable of the Panthers' backs and looks more explosive and powerful than Williams.
2011 Week 11 vs DET (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart is the best running back on this roster and he shows it each and every week. Stewart, who played with a great physical edge and toughness in this game, is improving drastically with his receiving skills. Stewart is a threat on screen passes since defensive backs and even linebackers don't want to tackle such a big back in the open field. Stewart fought through tacklers' contact and finished the game with a big reception on a screen pass, tightroping the sideline. Stewart is a very good RB2 play most weeks.
2011 Week 12 vs IND (10 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart put in an excellent shift for his team against the Colts, running with his typical strength and power through contact. Stewart benefitted from the Colts defensive end crashing down on the line of scrimmage on several occasions, allowing Newton (on zone read plays) to give to Stewart with very little resistance in front of him. Stewart was a sustaining presence in the running game, never breaking off a huge gain but always getting first down yardage and finishing runs with blows to the defender trying to tackle him. Stewart is a RB2 when the Panthers can give him a decent number of carries and is clearly the more talented back in this backfield.
2011 Week 13 vs TB (14 / 80 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was a battering ram for the Panthers offense throughout the game, delivering punishment to every potential tackler in his wake. Stewart runs like a monster truck, running over defenders if he can't go around them. He has excellent balance and showed it on several of his runs. Stewart, unlike Williams, managed to convert his goal line carry for a score, getting low and into the end zone. A highlight play was a 31-yard scamper in the first quarter as he ran behind his backside guard and was tackled at the one yard line.
2011 Week 14 vs ATL (8 / 29 / 0 rush, 9 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart, the preferred pass catching back in the offense, was the target of many of these types of passes today. The Falcons took away the run early and forced Newton to check down on many third down and long situations. Stewart was physical after the catch as usual, pushing the pile and delivering some punishment. However, he never really got a chance to get in a rhythm with how many passing attempts the Panthers had.
2011 Week 15 vs HOU (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was relegated to a secondary role in this game, only carrying a few times for minimal gains. Stewart did show off his improving hands with a nice one-handed reception on a check down. However, for the most part the Panthers rushing attack was held in check. Stewart is a risky start any week, although he should be strongly considered next week against the Buccaneers.
2011 Week 16 vs TB (7 / 88 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
Jonathan Stewart continued to be the bulldozer in this game as he powered past Buccaneers defenders with relative ease. Stewart is such a talented back. His pass protection skills have really improved this year, allowing Newton to make big plays down the field. Stewart's combination of patience and power on runs to the outside and his will between the tackles make him a very tough back to deal with. Stewart caught a touchdown pass in the red zone as he ran a quick flair route to the outside off play action and finished the job. Stewart's value in fantasy football will be capped unless there is an injury to Williams.
2011 Week 17 vs NO (9 / 79 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart showed his prowess in pass protection against the Saints complex blitz schemes on many occasions in this game. His 29 yard touchdown run was a run typical of his abilities. He showed tremendous burst and power to get through the line of scrimmage and reach pay dirt. Stewart will be an RB2 for the future despite playing in a backfield in which he has to share carries.
2010 Week 1 vs NYG (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart was a complete non-factor in this game. He was barely utilized in the first half and was ignored with Williams for most of the second half. His yards per carry was a paltry 2.4 but it's hard to know what to make of it on just 5 carries. He should see more action at home against Tampa next week, but he's clearly #2 behind Williams at this point.
2010 Week 2 vs TB (8 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart had less than half the carries of DeAngelo Williams, but still made the most of them. Stewart broke off a beautiful run for 19 yards in the 2nd quarter, weaving left and right past Bucs defenders who he left in his wake. Later in the same quarter, Stewart had a good burst for 16 yards when he had S Sean Jones miss with a nice move in the open field. Stewart gave way to Mike Goodson in the second half, and this may be due to the limited reps he has had so far in preseason and the regular season. Overall, Stewart played with his typical hard running style and was a lot for the Buccaneers to handle when he had the ball.
2010 Week 3 vs CIN (8 / 13 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart had an extreme high and extreme low in this game. Stewart was his typical powerful self on his touchdown run, lowering his pad level and burrowing in for the score. He was limited to minimal gains on the ground thanks to a stingy Bengals run defense. Stewart lacks the kind of creativity that DeAngelo Williams has and looked a bit hesitant to make the cut on a couple of occasions. Stewart made a cardinal error with the score at 13-7 Bengals and the Panthers offense driving. LB Dhani Jones came in and with his helmet knocked the ball out. Stewart should have been able to hang on, but the ball was loose and recovered by the Bengals, who then went in for the go ahead score. Stewart still isn't up to full speed yet and with limited carries, he will not be able to get into rhythm in this offense.
2010 Week 4 vs NO (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 55 / 1 rec)
Stewart got just a few touches here and there, showing patience, but finding little room to run. He did get his number called in short yardage situations with mixed results, but for the most part Stewart does not seem to have a large role in this limited offense. He was able to make his owners fantasy day by leaking behind a safety who just forgot his assignment when Stewart was split out wide and went deep. He had to basically stop to catch the ball downfield and he also stumbled on his way to the goal line, but Stewart still converted the long TD.
2010 Week 5 vs CHI (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart, like Williams, was limited in his role due to the game situation aswell. The former Oregon Duck had a nice 24 yard scamper on 3rd and 8 as the Panthers started off the game very well offensively, but after that the Bears clamped down on the Panthers ground game, not allowing Stewart to make much hay. The Bears defensive discipline was the undoing of the Panthers' running backs.
2010 Week 7 vs SF (14 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite being given 14 total carries, Jonathan Stewart suffered from the same problems as his fellow running back in a 29 yard rushing effort (see: defense stacking the box and blitzing inside the entire game). Per the usual, Stewart was given the majority of the red-zone carries in the game, but unfortunately for him there weren't many of them (four total with three going to Stewart) and all of them came just within the twenty yard line.
2010 Week 8 vs STL (14 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The Rams bottled up the Panthers offense and stopping the run was the primary goal, and they did it very effectively. Apart from a few nice runs at the start of the second half, Stewart was held in check by an aggressive, well-disciplined Rams front seven. The Rams timed their blitzes to perfection and snuffed out Stewart's rushing lanes. Stewart is lacking the explosive power we are accustomed to, but better days are ahead for the former Oregon Duck.
2010 Week 9 vs NO (5 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart started the game with two very nice runs, showcasing his speed and power. Stewart is very talented, and showed it as the Panthers opened up two nice holes. But then a head injury ended the game early for Stewart, disappointing his fantasy owners who may have started to get excited.
2010 Week 12 vs CLE (12 / 98 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart returned to the lineup in triumphant fashion. He started slow but began ripping off nice runs in the second half. Stewart ran tough between the tackles against the Browns 3-4 defense and eventually hit for a big run in the second half, gliding through the line and flashing great speed for such a big back. He has at least upside flex value going forward.
2010 Week 13 vs SEA (21 / 92 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Stewart played angry, ran hard, and was the only bright spot on the entire offense. He churned through the Seattle line, knocking people over, spinning out of the hands of defenders, and doing it all against a Seattle defense that knew he was the only threat. On one play in the 2nd half, Seattle had him for a loss, then he spun out of the grasp of a few defenders, ran to the other side of the field, broke another tackle and dove forward for a gain of about 5. It was perhaps the most impressive 5 yard run you'll ever see. If you're in a dynasty league, now is the time to get Stewart, because his talent is undeniable. It's going to be hard for him to get a lot of running room this year though, due to the poor passing attack.
2010 Week 14 vs ATL (18 / 133 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The positive to come out of the Panthers paltry display was the play of Jonathan Stewart, who ran with a great deal of purpose against Atlanta. Stewart broke off a couple of big 40+ yard runs thanks to some great perimeter blocking and his instincts behind the line of scrimmage on what seam to hit. Stewart showed off his immense talent all game long and is playing at a very high level right now.
2010 Week 15 vs ARI (27 / 137 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart was simply fantastic today for the Panthers as he personally carried the offense on his back. Stewart showed great feel for his offensive line and their blocks and pressed the hole well in the running game before making his cut. He ran with great authority and power and delivered the blow to Cardinal defenders as opposed to taking the punishment. Stewart broke a couple of runs to the outside for bigger gains too. Overall, he looked like the uber talented running back we all see him as.
2010 Week 16 vs PIT (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Stewart started the game promisingly as Carolina drove 42 yards, running 6 times for 25 yards and utilizing Stewart on 3 of those for 19 yards and on his only catch of the game for 9 yards. In what should have been seen as a precursor to the rest of the evening, Carolina punted on 4th and 5 from the Pittsburgh 32 as Clausen threw his hands in the air in disgust. Until the Panthers kicked a late field goal to prevent a shutout, this drive was the closest they came to scoring. Stewart played well throughout when given the chance though, gaining more yards than any other running back but one against Pittsburgh this year - a list that includes Michael Turner, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice (twice), Peyton Hillis, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson (twice), Darren McFadden, Fred Jackson, and LaDanian Tomlinson. That statistic is impressive, and with Carolina likely to make many moves this offseason, perhaps Stewart and Mike Goodson will be able to shoulder the load in the backfield. This would allow Carolina to move DeAngelo Williams and save some money.
2010 Week 17 vs ATL (13 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Speaking of uphill battles... Stewart simply had nowhere to run, right from the start. His most impressive feat was the fact that he was gaining positive yardage at all in the face of a stout defense. Late in the game, he did show some of his trademark combination of power and speed with a 10 yard run up the middle, but as was typical this day, it was called back on a penalty. One play sums up both his struggles and his strength: on a simple dive, he was met at the line by the linebacker, head on and at full speed, and stayed on his feet.
2009 Week 1 vs PHI (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Stewart was a question mark entering Week 1 with health concerns, but he looked very good as both a runner and a receiver. Stewart spelled DeAngelo Williams early in the first half, even getting a few carries inside the Eagles' 10 yard line. Stewart showed good speed and power, but Philadelphia's defense was too formidable to give up much on this occasion. Stewart had several shots from inside the five yard line but the Eagles held strong inside and forced the Panthers to make several tries before picking up a first down inside the one. After a penalty pushed them back, Williams took over and scored the touchdown. It remains to be seen if Stewart will assume his role from last season as the Panthers' goal line back.
2009 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 65 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
You would never know Stewart missed almost all of the preseason by the way he is running right now. Power, shiftiness, initial burst, second gear - it's all there for Stewart. He's not tentative in his cuts or when it comes time for a collision, and he's breaking tackles at the second level to get extra yards. Stewart did have a first and goal carry, but he stumbled, and he also had a nice run up the gut in the red zone near the end of the game, but he fumbled and was replaced by DeAngelo Williams (although he did recover it). He looks as explosive and talented as he did last year.
2009 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Stewart was barely involved in the game. On his few carries he was mostly met in the backfield. His one decent gain on the night came on a reception when the Panthers were in catchup mode.
2009 Week 5 vs WAS (10 / 39 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Stewart returned to action and was the more effective Carolina runner against the Redskins. Stewart's first 3 carries were for losses (or no gain) and after a muffed punt, his day appeared to be going badly. But Stewart turned the tide rushing effectively off tackle and up the middle for an effective 39 yards to go along with an 8 yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Stewart ran up the middle and barreled his way to paydirt. Stewart also had one 6 yard reception on a screen to the middle of the field.
2009 Week 6 vs TB (17 / 110 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart was the clear 2nd option in the running game, and still finished with 17 carries for over 100 yards. Early in the game, he would spell DeAngelo Williams for a couple of plays at a time, and made the most of his opportunity. He did cough up a costly fumble near the Buccaneers goal line, but later made up for it when he broke free for a 26 yard TD. Stewart showed remarkable power running inside, while Williams got the call on most of the off tackle and end runs.
2009 Week 7 vs BUF (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Stewart was running with irresistable power, always falling forward and breaking tackles along the way. He looked very natural as a receiver out of the backfield. Stewart got the red zone touches on one drive, including a fourth and 1, but he couldn't convert because the Panthers lost the battle in the trenches. There was a productive game for Stewart there to be had if the Panthers hadn't ineptly fallen behind early to an inferior team.
2009 Week 8 vs ARI (17 / 87 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart scored two touchdown's on consecutive carries and nearly matched Deangelo Williams 23 carries, with 17 of his own. Stewart is at his best when bursting through the middle. On a couple of occasions, it took numerous defenders to take him down. He also showed he has speed to burn as well, as on his second touchdown, he bounced off a clogged interior line and ran outside for 10 yard score.
2009 Week 9 vs NO (13 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Stewart had a quiet and mostly uneventful week 9 for the Panthers finding little room to show his wares. To put things in perspective, Stewart managed to gain a paltry 24 yards with 14 of them coming on a run in the 1st half. Stewart ran hard and with conviction but was not able to break off chunks of yards when given the chance. Oddly enough, his strong running led to a costly fumble while fighting for extra yards in the 2nd quarter. This took place while the Panthers were ahead and driving.
2009 Week 10 vs ATL (11 / 82 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart ground out the tough yards for the Panthers offense, and applied the death blow with a long TD run on third down when the Falcons were trying to get the ball back for one last desperation drive. Stewart fought through tackles and wore down the defense on his carries, always falling forward and getting yards after contact. He burrowed in from one yard out to score his other TD. He will continue to have low-end RB2/high-end flex value as long as the Panthers are a competitive team.
2009 Week 11 vs MIA (12 / 43 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Backup running back Jonathan Stewart split time with DeAngelo Williams in Week 11, coming in often after Williams would break a long run. Stewart was kept in check most of the night by Miami, only getting one run over seven yards on the evening. Stewart was not utilized very much at all in the Red Zone, only getting one touch of the ball at the Miami eight-yard line on the final play of the third quarter after Williams had broken loose for 18 yards. Carolina tried to throw for touchdowns much more than run for the scores, which did not work very well at all. Look for the Panthers to get back to running the ball more next week at the New York Jets.
2009 Week 12 vs NYJ (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart didn't fare any better than his backfield partner in the quest to find room to run. He was more eager to bounce runs outside than Williams, but had little success. He also missed a blitz pickup, giving up a sack early, but redeemed himself by picking up the third and long his lapse created. Between the Panthers woes in the passing game and their tough late season schedule, Stewart's fantasy value is dwindling.
2009 Week 13 vs TB (26 / 120 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Stewart's first game as the sole lead back was one that demonstrated why he'll be a very good NFL starting RB in the future. His exceptional power, balance, and speed for a big man were getting him big gains early. Stewart broke tackles in the backfield, made tacklers miss in the open field, and drug tacklers for a few yards when they did catch him. He used a spin move in traffic to break one good gain, and also ran with great patience, setting up his blocks like 10 year veteran. Stewart was never knocked backwards, even when the Bucs got much more aggressive against the run in the second half. He bulled his way in for a TD in the first half, but the Bucs tightened up in the second half, and Stewart didn't muster much after a very hot start. There was no evidence that the achilles injury that has limited his practice participation all year affected him with a bigger workload. Stewart is an RB1 when Williams is out, and his talent was on display to remind us why he is a great upside flex play.
2009 Week 14 vs NE (7 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart touched the ball just seven times for an unexciting 29 yards of total offense. With QB Matt Moore's erratic play, the Panthers were unable to find any flow to their offense, thus limiting the run game. When the Panthers did run the ball, the majority of the work went to DeAngello Williams, who returned from an injury that kept him sidelined last week.
2009 Week 15 vs MIN (25 / 109 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
Stewart took over in the second quarter and had a ton of short yard gains punctuated by big plays in the third and fourth quarter. From the six minute mark in the third quarter until the end of the game, Stewart had 13 carries: nine were for three yards or less and the other four were for 65 total yards. Stewart was not involved in the passing game much, and his TD receptions was a simple route on the goal line where he came out of the backfield into the flat, caught the ball and backed his way into the end zone. He was difficult to bring down once he broke the line of scrimmage, and juked and spun his way to big plays late in the game. He'll be the primary ball carrier next week if Williams can't play.
2009 Week 16 vs NYG (28 / 206 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Stewart showed why the Panthers would be in good hands if he became their starter. He ran over Giants on most of his carries, never going down easily, and getting yards after contact consistently. He extended many runs for third down conversions and as the game went on, he started extending runs for even longer gains. The Giants started going through the motions later in theg ame when they attempted to tackle Stewart and he trampled them. His burst was outstanding for such a powerful back, and he set up Steve Smith's downfield block perfectly on his 29-yard TD run. Stewart was also fluid in his roster with soft hands to bring in the ball on his receptions. He almost single-handedly broke the back of the Giants on this Sunday.
2009 Week 17 vs NO (16 / 125 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart started in place of DeAngelo Williams yet again in week 17, and for the 3rd straight game looked dynamite out of the backfield. On the 2nd play of the game the Saints put 8 defenders in the box and over-pursued to the left, Stewart recognized this immediately and his speed to cut to his right busting a long TD of 67 yards. Throughout 3 quarters he showcased his speed and power combo while racking up solid gains. His late season efforts were rewarded as he and Williams finished the season as the NFL's only duo to record 1,100+ yards each. In the 3rd quarter we were warned again of the dangers of owning Stewart as he left after aggravating his chronic left Achilles' tendon injury.
2008 Week 1 vs SD (10 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart's first career carry was a seven yard gain up the middle on a third and one situation to open the second quarter. He only saw ten carries to DeAngelo Williams' 17, but Stewart made the most of them by picking up 53 yards on the afternoon. He combined with Williams to form a terrific one two punch, and appears to be a load to bring down. It's tough to say if Stewart will have any sort of goal line role with the team. The only time the Panthers were at the goal line, they opted to throw the football on fourth down, so that doesn't answer any questions about the role of each player. Stewart wasn't a factor in the passing game at all.
2008 Week 2 vs CHI (14 / 77 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart was the star of the Panthers' offense as he racked up 77 yards on 14 carries, adding two touchdowns. Stewart saw the majority of his action in the second half, and he showed his power as he bounced off of Bears' defenders. His long run of the afternoon was 24 yards, as he broke tackles and ground out extra yards. Stewart's two touchdown runs came on goal line carries, from four yards and one yard out.
2008 Week 3 vs MIN (7 / 15 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart was bottled up all afternoon by the Minnesota run defense as five of his seven carries went for two yards or less. His touchdown run from two yards out was his third of the year and gave Carolina a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. In addition to his rushing duties, Stewart also averaged 29 yards on five kickoff returns. His day running back kicks could have been better if not for the negation of an 86 yard return because of a block in the back penalty.
2008 Week 4 vs ATL (14 / 52 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart split carries with DeAngelo Williams. He is the harder runner of the two and showed an ability to break tackles. Stewart scored the first touchdown of the game on an eight yard run. The play started to the middle, but Stewart broke a tackle and bounced it outside, exhibiting ample speed to get to the corner. Stewart also returned three kickoffs for 60 yards.
2008 Week 5 vs KC (19 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Stewart comprised half of the Panthers rushing attack, and since the team was ahead so early, that meant more work than usual. His 19 carries were mostly ho-hum, but he showed a good burst to the line and did break free for a 24 yard scamper late in the game. He fumbled early in the game, and the coaching staff had no problem calling his number on the very next play.
2008 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart had just six rushes for 12 yards on the ground and one reception for one yard on five targets in the passing game. He was used on a goal to goal situation, and fumbled the ball but was ruled down. That was his only goal line carry for the game. Neither Stewart nor DeAngelo Williams found much success running the ball against an inspired Tampa Bay defense.
2008 Week 7 vs NO (17 / 68 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Stewart scored a touchdown on a well blocked 18 yard run off right tackle. He gained 68 yards on the day but he continues to divide the rushing duties with DeAngelo Williams. He did not, however, have to return any more kickoffs. Last week he was dinged up on the opening kickoff and was only able to carry six times. Mark Jones has taken over both punt and kickoff duties.
2008 Week 8 vs ARI (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart found the running much tougher and had only eight yards on ten attempts. His longest rush was four yards. He caught one ball for no yards. He did have two carries in the red zone, though.
2008 Week 10 vs OAK (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart's playing status was up in the air, but the rookie was able to go and chipped in with seven rushes for 21 yards on the ground. DeAngelo Williams clearly got most of the work in the running game though.
2008 Week 11 vs DET (15 / 130 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Stewart split carried with DeAngelo Williams on the day, but that did not stop him from producing a monster game of 130 yards and a touchdown on a measly 15 carries. He hit holes hard and fast and had no problems getting into the secondary as he averaged eight yards per carry. He had a 22 yard touchdown run that put his day over the top, however it was against a weak run defense.
2008 Week 12 vs ATL (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart never got rolling in this game, and averaged just three yards per touch. The score of the game likely played a bigger factor in this than anything, as Carolina was playing catch up all game long, a scheme better suited for DeAngelo Williams. Stewart was stuffed from a yard out on a 1st and goal in the second quarter in a chance to bring the score to 17-7, a drive on which the Panthers had to settle for a field goal.
2008 Week 13 vs GB (4 / 58 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart had a nice run in the first half but was caught from behind. He did not show the speed that he demonstrated at the Combine. However, it might have been due to leg cramps and this limited him from seeing the field during the rest of the game. He fumbled the ball on the play and was immediately replaced by DeAngelo Williams. It was hard to tell if Stewart was taken out because of the fumble or due to leg cramps.
2008 Week 14 vs TB (15 / 115 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart had an excellent game as he and teammate RB DeAngelo Williams both looked great as they set a team record for rushing in a game for the second time in a month. He had a two yard touchdown run late in the first half as he was able to punch it into the end zone easily. The Carolina offensive line was able to push around the Buccaneers defense in short yardage situations and Stewart's easy two yard run was another example of this in the game. Stewart had seven carries for 21 yards in the first half but would have a big second half as he racked up 94 yards. He started the second half with a powerful run up the middle for 28 yards, breaking several tackles. Stewart would get his second touchdown of the game on a four yard run in the fourth quarter as the Panthers' offensive line began to wear down the much smaller Buccaneers defense. Stewart ran for 30 yards late in the game as he broke several tackles on the play.
2008 Week 15 vs DEN (16 / 52 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stewart split carries with DeAngelo Williams. Thirteen of his rushes came after halftime, when Stewart appeared to be the choice to run down the clock. Stewart did not shy away from contact and fought hard for extra yardage. Stewart's two yard touchdown run was his ninth of the season.
2008 Week 16 vs NYG (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Stewart got his first carry on the Panthers' second drive. He stayed down on the field after a second quarter run, but he was able to walk off under his own power. It was later reported that he suffered a head injury and that his return was questionable. Stewart did return to action in the third quarter. He received two receiving targets and gained 15 yards on a third down play that went for a third down.
2008 Week 17 vs NO (17 / 56 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart provided the change of pace in the rushing game as he periodically spelled DeAngelo Williams. He was asked to get the tough yards between the tackles, but was not always in the game during short yardage situations. Stewart saw the bulk of his action when the game appeared to be well in hand and the coaches wanted to give Williams an extended rest. His touchdown run in the third quarter made the Panthers only the fourth team in NFL history to have two running backs score at least 10 rushing touchdowns in one season.
2008 Week 19 vs ARI (3 / 12 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Stewart scored the Panther's first touchdown on a nine yard run straight up the middle of the Arizona defense. Unfortunately, for the rest of the game he only gained three more yards. In the fourth quarter he was targeted four times and caught three passes for 39 yards. Stewart finished his rookie campaign with 836 yards and ten rushing touchdowns.