Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 16 hours ago

Stewart ran for 12 yards on seven carries in Friday's preseason game against New England.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 5 months ago

Stewart is expected to command the bulk of the Panthers' rushing attempts this season, but Carolina coach Ron Rivera maintains interest in continuing a two-back system, ESPN.com reports.

Stewart has split touches with DeAngelo Williams in recent seasons, but with the Panthers releasing Williams this offseason, Stewart is clearly Carolina's top running back heading into the upcoming campaign. Nonetheless, at the NFL owners meeting last week, coach Rivera projected an ideal situation in which Stewart receives around 15 carries per game, while another rusher gets 8-10 attempts. In doing so, the Panthers would hope to keep their ball-carriers fresh throughout the season, thus benefitting Stewart's durability. At the moment, Fozzy Whittaker and recent signing Jordan Todman appear to be the primary candidates to spell Stewart this season, but the Panthers could very well add another running back during next month's draft as well.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 7 months ago

Stewart finished this season with 175 carries for 809 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and also caught 25 passes (on 31 targets) for 181 receiving yards and another score.

Stewart suffered a knee injury during Week 3, when it seemed like the veteran running back was destined for another injury-riddled. However, following a three-game absence, Stewart returned in Week 7 and reminded fantasy owners of his intriguing talents over the Panthers' remaining games. In fact, Stewart cracked the 75-yard mark in half of his final 10 regular season games, including a 155-yard outburst during Week 14 in New Orleans, followed by a 122-yard performance two weeks later against the Browns. Overall, the 27-year-old's 809 rushing yards marked his highest total since 2009 and Stewart's 13 regular season games plus two playoff appearances matched his combined total of 15 games played over the previous two seasons. In doing so, a healthy Stewart's fantasy value certainly benefitted from long-time running mate DeAngelo Williams playing merely six games this season due to injury. With Williams' future in Carolina uncertain, Stewart carries significant momentum as the Panthers' starting running back next season, when his draft stock figures to be higher than in recent years past.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

Stewart rushed for 70 yards on 13 carries and hauled in his lone target in the passing game for four yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks.

Stewart was able to find some room against Seattle's third-ranked run defense, certainly more than Cam Newton, who totaled just 37 yards on his 11 totes. It marked the fifth time Stewart averaged better than five yards per carry in his final seven games. He's re-established himself as a legitimate fantasy option heading into 2015.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

Stewart ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against Arizona on Saturday.

Although the Arizona run defense has not played all that well lately, this was still a very impressive performance by Stewart. He ran with explosiveness and balance, as well as a great deal of power. DeAngelo Williams (hand) got nowhere near Stewart's workload -- Williams actually was the third runner behind Fozzy Whittaker. Whittaker, meanwhile, stole just one carry and one catch. Stewart should hold on to a big workload for the foreseeable future and, as long as Cam Newton is on the field, defenses will probably struggle to devise alignments that fully contain the range of rushing threats posed by Stewart and Newton on any given play.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

Stewart is expected to start and get the majority of carries in Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Cardinals, the Charlotte Observer reports.

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is expected to play for the first time since Week 13, but Stewart easily had the better season, highlighted by a strong finish. Williams thus figures to work in a complementary role, as opposed to the 50-50 split we've seen in previous seasons.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

Stewart had 13 carries for 49 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 34-3 win at Atlanta.

Stewart surprisingly struggled to find much room against a weak defense, but he wasn't needed much, as the Panthers dominated from the onset. He might have a tough time finding room to run next week too, facing a stout Cardinals' rush defense in the first round of the playoffs, but he should see plenty of work, whether DeAngelo Williams (hand) is available or not.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

With DeAngelo Williams (hand) inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Stewart will start and get the majority of the carries.

Stewart was going to start anyway, but the fact that Williams is inactive means that owners won't have to worry about the lingering threat of him stealing carries. The Falcons aren't very good at stopping the run and are especially bad at giving up rushing touchdowns. Stewart should receive plenty of carries to take advantage.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

While fellow running back DeAngelo Williams (hand) is listed as probable for Week 17, head coach Ron Rivera is still planning to lean heavily on Stewart, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.

Williams' return could potentially cut into Stewart's workload, but Williams is not 100 percent just yet, and Stewart has ran well over the last four weeks, so it appears he is still likely to receive the bulk of the carries in Sunday's game against an Atlanta team that has given up a league-high 20 rushing touchdowns.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 months ago

Stewart had 24 carries for 122 rushing yards and two catches on four targets for seven receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Browns.

Starting again in place of the injured DeAngelo Williams (hand), Stewart made a strong case to keep the job in Week 17 against the Saints, when Williams is expected to return, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown for the second time in the last three games. The winner of next weekend's game will take home the NFC South title, and Stewart could be heavily used against a Falcons defense that has allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the league this season.