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Jonathan Stewart | Running Back | #28

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 240
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (13) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Stewart rushed 15 times for 40 yards in the Panthers' Week 2 win over the Bills.
Stewart was targeted once in the passing game. Stewart got carries from the Bills' one- and three-yard line with less than four minutes remaining in the game, but couldn't convert either one of them. The 10th-year pro is now averaging 3.18 yards per carry through two games. He's a touchdown-or-bust RB3 in standard leagues. Sep 17 - 6:05 PM

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Jonathan Stewart rushed 18 times for 65 yards and caught both of his targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 1 win over the 49ers.

As expected, Stewart split time with Christian McCaffrey, but he ended up out-touching the rookie 20-to-18 including 18-to-13 in the carry column. He also got involved in the passing game, scoring from nine yards out on a screen pass in the third quarter. Stopped inside the two on back-to-back plays later in the game, Stewart is clearly going to be a factor in the red zone and get his fair share of carries. That will make him an RB3/FLEX option most weeks.
Sep 10 - 7:28 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler believes Jonathan Stewart will be the Panthers' "short-yardage" back.

Stewart scored nine touchdowns last season, his most since 2009, and his 16 attempts from inside the five were the fifth-most in the league. Christian McCaffrey is probably not taking those carries, and Cam Newton may not be as big a factor as a runner near the goal line coming off a shoulder injury. McCaffrey is the better fantasy bet, but Stewart is a good play as well this week against the 49ers.
Sep 7 - 10:04 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed five times for 39 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

Stewart busted off a 31-yard gain on his second carry of the night. Stewart looks like he will remain an important part of the Panthers' offense despite the addition of first-round pick Christian McCaffrey. In what looks to be a running back rotation, Stewart is worth a look as a late pick in fantasy drafts.
Aug 24 - 10:04 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed twice for four yards in the Panthers' preseason opener.

Stewart was the first back on the field on both drives with the starters, but Christian McCaffrey also sprinkled in, taking his two carries with the first-team offense for 14 yards. Stewart figures to lead the team in carries most games, but it is clear the Panthers plan to use both with McCaffrey playing a big role in the passing game. That will make it difficult for the rookie to match his third-round ADP, but Stewart looks like a value.
Aug 9 - 8:23 PM

The Panthers' website expects Jonathan Stewart to "see the bulk of the carries" despite the addition of Christian McCaffrey.

Per team writer Max Henson, "everyone from head coach Ron Rivera to running backs coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Stewart's role will not change." While Stewart out-carrying McCaffrey would be a surprise after the Panthers drafted McCaffrey at No. 8 overall, it's true that fantasy drafters have been sleeping on Stewart as a significant threat to McCaffrey's ceiling and floor, particularly in the touchdown-scoring department.
Jul 6 - 11:47 AM

Jonathan Stewart insists he's fine with the Panthers' addition of Christian McCaffrey.

"Added value to the backfield, that's it," Stewart said. Stewart might honestly relish the addition of another back, as it should help keep him healthy. Stewart also has years of experience in two-man backfields. Signed to a one-year extension in March, Stewart's roster spot is not in doubt. He'll be a touchdown-dependent RB3/4 in fantasy leagues.
May 30 - 1:28 PM

Jonathan Stewart thinks it is a "good thing" if the Panthers draft a running back.

"You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter," Stewart said. "Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that." It is a team-first mindset from Stewart, who just signed a one-year extension through 2018. It will be a shock if the Panthers do not draft a running back, but unless that pick comes in the first couple rounds, Stewart should enter training camp as the lead back.
Mar 25 - 1:54 PM

Panthers signed RB Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018.

Stewart turned 30 earlier this week. There was some belief that the Panthers could release Stewart this offseason, saving $6.25 million as a post-June 1 cut, but GM Dave Gettleman apparently thinks there's more in the tank. Stewart averaged a career-low 3.8 YPC (minimum 100 carries) last season, though he did score a seven-year-high nine touchdowns, seeing more goal-line work with the Panthers trying to limit Cam Newton's rushing opportunities. Gettleman has already said he'll draft a running back this year. Leonard Fournette at No. 8 could still be in play.
Mar 24 - 9:24 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman acknowledged the Panthers could be in the market for a running back in the draft.

"This is a deep running back group," Gettleman added. Jonathan Stewart turns 30 in March, and while it appears he will enter 2017 as the starter, the Panthers need to start looking toward the future. Cameron Artis-Payne is not the long-term answer. It will not be surprising if Carolina spends a Day 2 pick on a runner.
Mar 1 - 6:56 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the offense has to get Jonathan Stewart "rolling."

"The biggest thing, our realization is that our primary runner cannot be our quarterback," Rivera said. "We’ve got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling. We’ve got to put it in our backs’ hands and get the ball to our playmakers." There has been speculation the Panthers will move on from Stewart, but Rivera mentioning him by name suggests he remains in Carolina's plans. That said, it will not be a surprise if the Panthers add another running back this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 9:17 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton "could see a scenario" where Carolina releases Jonathan Stewart this offseason.

Stewart has two years left on his contract and will turn 30 in March. He's coming off three-year lows in rushing yards (824) and YPC (3.8), but Stewart ran behind an injury-ravaged line, still scored nine touchdowns, and ran extremely hard, finishing third in Pro Football Focus' elusive rating, which factors in broken tackles. Stewart has missed three games each of the last three seasons. Carolina could save $6.25 million against the cap by making Stewart a post-June 1 cut.
Jan 11 - 9:28 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 20 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Stewart managed a solid finish to the season after struggling with injuries early. His nine touchdowns were his most since 2009, but he averaged only 3.8 YPC. Stewart has been in decline the last three years and is one of the least durable backs in the league. He'll be someone to avoid in fantasy drafts entering his age-30 season.
Jan 1 - 4:44 PM

Jonathan Stewart (foot) is active for Week 17 against the Bucs.

The Panthers rested Stewart early in the week, but he got in a full practice Friday. It's possible his workload will be scaled back at less than 100 percent. Cam Newton (shoulder) and Greg Olsen (elbow) are also active.
Jan 1 - 11:41 AM

Jonathan Stewart (foot) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bucs.

Cam Newton (shoulder) and Greg Olsen (elbow) also got the Q tag. The Panthers have no reason to push Stewart for the finale. Even if he plays, look for Fozzy Whittaker and possibly Cameron Artis-Payne to see more work.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Brad Kaaya
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
FB1Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Damiere Byrd
3Curtis Samuel
WR21Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Chris Manhertz
LT1Matt Kalil
2John Theus
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Greg Van Roten
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano