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Jonathan Stewart | Running Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 235
College: Oregon
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Coach Ron Rivera said at the NFL owners' meetings that the Panthers would like to limit Jonathan Stewart to around 15 carries a game in 2015.
It makes sense based on Stewart's injury history. Rivera insisted Carolina wants to maintain a two-back system with Stewart handling 15 runs a game and the No. 2 runner handling 8-10. "Running back has definitely been proven that you’ve got to have a good two-back tandem," said Rivera. "And that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for that complement to Jonathan." The Panthers have been linked to Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman during the pre-draft phrase. Mar 28 - 9:19 AM
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Jonathan Stewart played 46.4 percent of snaps in 2014, easily the most of any Panthers running back.

That percentage improved to 68.6 over Carolina's last six games. The Panthers went 5-1 during that stretch with J-Stew averaging a robust 99 rushing yards per contest. Stewart was a bright spot in an otherwise ordinary Panthers offense and seemed to get better as the season went on. Assuming the Panthers cut ties with DeAngelo Williams, Stewart should be close to an every down back in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 3:49 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton says there's a "strong possibility" DeAngelo Williams will be released this offseason.

It should be a no-brainer for the Panthers to move on from the ineffective Williams and save $2M against the cap by making him a post-June 1 cut. Especially considering they've dedicated $8.3M of their cap on Jonathan Stewart, who found his elite early-career-form in 2014 and needs to push for 20 touches per game next season. Stewart averaged a gaudy 4.62 YPC in 2014, ranked 11th among running backs in yards after contact per attempt and graded out 2nd in PFF's Elusive Rating (behind only Marshawn Lynch).
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 10:40 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 13 times for 70 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

Stewart once again ripped through tackles, gaining yards that simply aren't there. It was a crime that he lost four touches to DeAngelo Williams and three to Mike Tolbert. Regardless of Carolina's stubbornness, Stewart proved to the football world he has recaptured the early-career form that made him one of the league's most exciting young backs. He finished with 175-809-3 (4.62 YPC) in the regular season, turning into a borderline fantasy RB1 anytime DeAngelo sat. Most importantly, the oft-injured Stewart avoided any major ailments. If Carolina knows what's good for them, they'll saddle up Stewart as a 28-year-old true feature back in 2015. Few runners were more impressive this season.
Jan 11 - 12:28 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in the Panthers' 27-16, Wild Card win over the Cardinals.

Even with DeAngelo Williams (hand) active for the first time in over a month, Stewart dominated touches in the Carolina backfield and gashed the Arizona defense. He's been one of the better backs in the league during the Panthers' five-game winning streak. On his 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Stewart blasted through a couple arm tackles, spinning his way into the end zone on a zone-read play. It's what he's been doing all season and what we've all been talking about with Stewart for the past few years. He's just now healthy enough to show us. The Panthers will either head to Seattle or Green Bay next weekend.
Jan 3 - 8:03 PM

Even with DeAngelo Williams (hand) back healthy, Jonathan Stewart is expected to start Saturday's Wild Card game against the Cardinals and receive the bulk of the carries.

We'd hope so. Williams missed the final month of the season, and Stewart was installed as the Panthers' workhorse. Carolina went 4-0 down the stretch on the success of their running game and defense. Ideally, Williams would be a mere change-of-pace to Stewart and not see much action. He's been washed up for several seasons now. Stewart has run for 485 yards the past five games.
Jan 2 - 10:57 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed for 49 yards on 13 carries in the Panthers' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

He caught both of his targets in the pass game for an additional 20 yards. With DeAngelo Williams still inactive, Stewart dominated backfield touches once again for Carolina. But with the game in the bag at halftime, Fozzy Whittaker got some run, allowing the Panthers to save Stewart for the first round of the playoffs next weekend. Williams might be ready to return, but the Panthers really should continue to lean on Stewart. They're on a four-game winning streak, and Stewart and Cam Newton have been doing the heavy lifting.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:32:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is listed as probable for Week 17 against the Falcons, but Jonathan Stewart is still expected to start.

Coach Ron Rivera was unwilling to discuss the specifics of the running back rotation, but it is safe to assume the red-hot Stewart will retain most of the work even if Williams plays. Stewart has rushed for a league-high 437 yards over the past four games and has helped spark the Panthers to three straight wins. He is a solid RB2 against the Falcons.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 24 times for 122 yards and caught two passes for seven yards with a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Stewart was limited to three yards on his initial three carries before breaking an eight-yarder on his fourth. His sixth carry went for 17 on a zone-read run. Stewart was the focal point of Carolina's offense in this game, but did have a two-yard touchdown "vultured" by Cam Newton in the second quarter. Stewart came back to hit pay dirt on a nine-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Regardless of DeAngelo Williams' (hand) health, Stewart should remain a good bet for production in Carolina's NFC South title bout with Atlanta in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:20:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera announced Jonathan Stewart will start Week 16 against the Browns.

DeAngelo Williams (hand) will only be used in an "emergency," leaving Stewart to handle another 20-plus carries against a suspect Cleveland run defense. With Cam Newton back under center, it should open up more running lanes than Stewart saw with Derek Anderson in Week 15. Stewart is in the RB2 discussion.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:51:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart managed 73 yards on 22 carries and caught a six-yard pass in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Buccaneers.

Stewart lost a fumble in scoring position in the third quarter, making this a mediocre fantasy performance when it could've been an excellent one. Stewart again fumbled in the fourth quarter, but thankfully recovered it. Stewart deserves to keep the Panthers' feature back job for Week 16 against the Browns, but we can't guarantee it. DeAngelo Williams (hand) is tentatively due back.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:26:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hip) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

With DeAngelo Williams (hand) expected to miss his second-straight game, J-Stew can be fired up as an RB2 against the Bucs' leaky defense.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 06:14:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera declined Monday to commit to Jonathan Stewart as his starter.

Although Stewart has been running at an elite level all year and put 20-155-1 on the Saints Sunday, the Panthers are clinging to DeAngelo Williams (questionable, hand). It's both strange and troubling. "We're not going to do things because it's what everybody expects or thinks," Rivera said when asked about making Stewart the unquestioned feature back. Stewart is a fine RB2 play in a home game against the Bucs for now, but we can't rule out Williams stealing carries if he suits up.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 20 times for 155 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 14 win over the Saints.

Freed from his committee with DeAngelo Williams — who was out nursing a finger injury — Stewart ran all over the Saints' miserable defense for one of the best games of his career. Stewart's 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter was a new career long. Stewart arrived at the second level, made one cut and was gone. His breakaway speed was as impressive as New Orleans' tackling was shoddy. Stewart will be a rock-solid RB2 for Week 15 against the Bucs if Williams can't go, and a nice FLEX even if D-Will does play.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart will start Week 14 against the Saints.

DeAngelo Williams (hand) has been ruled out. Fozzy Whittaker will back up Stewart, but the expectation is Stewart will handle the vast majority of the load. He's looking at potentially 15-plus touches. Expect the Panthers to try and run the ball early to keep Drew Brees off the field, but the Panthers' offensive line is so bad. Stewart has some RB2/FLEX appeal, but the Saints could easily blow the Panthers out of the Superdome and force Carolina into garbage-time passing mode. Mike Tolbert may also steal goal-line looks. Stewart carries plenty of risk.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 01:04:00 PM