Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
2 months ago5 Comments

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman expects No. 8 overall draft pick Christian McCaffrey to have an immediate impact in the Carolina backfield complementing Stewart and Cam Newton, Bryan Strickland of the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gettleman said he's particularly impressed by McCaffrey's vision and quickness while running between the tackles -- perhaps suggesting the rookie could be an immediate threat to usurp Stewart's role as the early-down workhorse. At the very least, McCaffrey figures to have a key role catching passes while also eating into some of Stewart's rushing workload. Despite signing a one-year extension this offseason, the 30-year-old running back could be forced into a complementary role. The extension did reduce his 2017 cap hit, which should keep his spot on the roster secure.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
3 months ago

The Panthers signed Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018, the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Previously entering the final season of a five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012, the 30-year-old running back was scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of $8.25 million. The extension likely redistributes some of that charge to 2018, ending any speculation about the possibility Stewart could be released. He had 218 carries for 824 yards (3.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 13 games last season, missing at least three contests for a fifth consecutive year. The Panthers could still select a running back early in the upcoming draft.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
4 months ago

Stewart doesn't appear as if he'll be a cap casualty in the offseason, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We've got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling," head coach Ron Rivera said last week. "We've got to put it in our backs' hands and get the ball to our playmakers."

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers seemed to be officiated under different rules last season, as the opposition made a concerted effort to make life difficult for Cam Newton. Granted, he didn't display as much shiftiness or instinct as he had in the past, which likely played a role in his failure to tally 100 carries and 500 rushing yards for the first time in his six-year career. Stewart's presence is thus key to keeping Newton fresh, upright, and able to spur on the offense with his do-it-all skill set. Owed $8.25 million in 2017, Stewart would be in line for 200-plus carries for the third consecutive campaign if Rivera intends to get Panthers running backs more involved. However, Stewart turns 31 in March, and his extensive injury history has always been a roadblock to reliable output in a given term.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart (foot) rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while also securing one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran running back turned in a workmanlike performance, and finished the season with 20 or more carries in three of his last four games. With Cam Newton running less than in previous seasons, presumably due in large part to injury concerns, Stewart averaged a solid 16.7 rushing attempts per game in his age-29 campaign. His nine rushing touchdowns also represent his best total in that category since he crossed the goal line on 10 occasions way back in 2009.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart (foot) is listed as active Sunday in Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart has a lengthy history of foot injuries, which impacted his preparation for Week 17. Having said that, he practiced in a full capacity Friday and should be ready for his typical allotment of touches. If he's afforded such a luxury, he could strike against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed three of the last four opposing running back corps to surpass 100 yards on the ground, while also conceding four rushing touchdowns during that stretch.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart was sidelined this week prior to returning as a full participant in Friday's practice. While that seems to bode well for him suiting up Sunday, it's worth wondering whether his history of foot problems, coupled with the fact Carolina has been eliminated from playoff contention, will keep him out of the team's final game. With a questionable tag to boot, Stewart's status will need to be tracked in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. If he's unable to play, Cameron Artis-Payne would likely be activated as a third ball-carrying option to go with Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart (foot) is taking part in Friday's practice, ESPN's David Newton reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but his return to action at least has him trending in the right direction ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That being said, given Stewart's history of foot problems, as well as the fact that the Panthers have been eliminated from playoff contention, it wouldn't be surprising if Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert saw additional snaps to limit Stewart's workload. That is if Stewart is even allowed to play, which remains to be seen, so fantasy owners will have to monitor his Week 17 status.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart was held out of practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart is no stranger to foot concerns, which have required surgery and forced multiple absences throughout his nine-year career. With nothing left to play for this season, his lack of practice Wednesday could be the first indication that he'll be among the Panthers' inactives Sunday in Tampa Bay. No matter what head coach Ron Rivera decides, Stewart's status will be one to watch as the weekend approaches.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart was held out of practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart is no stranger to foot injuries, which have required surgery and forced multiple absences throughout his nine-year career. With nothing left to play for this season, his lack of practice Wednesday could be the first indication that he'll be among the Panthers' inactives Sunday in Tampa Bay. No matter what head coach Ron Rivera decides, Stewart's status will be one to watch as the weekend approaches.

Jonathan Stewart
RB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Stewart rushed 11 times for 50 yards, and caught one of two targets for two yards in Saturday's 33-16 loss to Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart averaged a healthy 4.5 yards per carry, but didn't get many opportunities as his team fell behind 20-3 by halftime. The one-dimensional running back has rushed 198 times for 759 yards in 12 games, but has just seven receptions all season. His workload won't necessarily rise much next week with the Panthers facing a hungry Buccaneers team that's fighting for a playoff berth.