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Jonathan Stewart | Running Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 235
College: Oregon
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Jonathan Stewart rushed four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards against the Patriots.
Stewart played behind DeAngelo Williams, but looked like the better player on Friday night. He finally seems to be healthy, and should carve out a bigger role in the Panthers' offense as long as he can stay on the field. Stewart has gained 37 yards on eight carries (4.6 YPC) this preseason. He is a nice flier in the 13th round. Aug 22 - 10:24 PM

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Jonathan Stewart rushed four times for 26 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' second preseason game Sunday night.

The second back through Carolina's tailback rotation, Stewart busted a weaving 15-yard gain on his first carry, showing superior burst and wiggle to starter DeAngelo Williams. Stewart got action with the first-team offense, operating as Carolina's primary back on their fourth and fifth drives after Williams handled each of the first three. Williams beat first contact on his initial touchdown run, plowing in from two yards out, and executed from three yards out on the second. Stewart, 27, currently has an ADP of undrafted.
Aug 17 - 9:52 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) returned to Panthers practice Sunday.

The fantasy football community has become unflinchingly skeptical about Stewart's prospects, understandably so considering his overwhelming injury history. This was his first practice of training camp after straining the hamstring at a pre-camp workout. We still can get behind Stewart as a late-round flier in an offense that needs more from its running game than DeAngelo Williams provided last season. Stewart is 27, while Williams is now 31.
Aug 10 - 3:24 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is inactive for Friday's preseason opener.

Stewart has resumed running in a straight line and will work out before Friday's game. He still has not practiced and remains week to week. Kenjon Barner and Darrin Reaves will continue to work behind DeAngelo Williams.
Aug 8 - 6:53 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) has resumed running in a straight line.

Stewart reportedly "looked good" doing so on a side field during Thursday's practice. The Panthers will work out Stewart before Friday night's preseason opener, and evaluate him again on Sunday. He still has not practiced in camp.
Aug 8 - 2:51 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) still hasn't practiced at Panthers camp.

Stewart pulled his hamstring in July. It was a very frustrating development after J-Stew reportedly showed "great burst" at spring practices. Stewart is still only 27 years old and will be a player to monitor once he gets back on the practice field, but right now isn't worth drafting in 12-team leagues.
Aug 7 - 12:20 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said he expects Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) to play at some point in the preseason.

Stewart continues to rest a hamstring pull that's expected to sideline him until at least mid-August. Rivera's optimism suggests the team is confident the oft-injured back will be ready for Week 1. Stewart is undraftable in most leagues.
Aug 6 - 11:52 AM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) said he expects to miss 2-4 weeks.

The Panthers initially listed Stewart's timetable at 1-2 weeks. Stewart has avoided active/PUP, but is likely going to miss at least one preseason game. DeAngelo Williams will continue to handle all first-team carries until Stewart returns.
Jul 26 - 2:50 PM

Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring prior to training camp and will miss the first 1-2 weeks.

Coach Ron Rivera says the pull isn't as serious as some hamstring injuries, and added Stewart will remain on the active roster. Still, it's no way to start a season for a player that's missed so much practice time due to nagging injuries the past few years. DeAngelo Williams will soak up first-team reps as he surges to the front of this committee attack.
Jul 24 - 12:32 PM

According to the Charlotte Observer, Jonathan Stewart "showed great burst every time he touched the ball" during spring practices.

Stewart is 27 and DeAngelo Williams is 31, so this season the gap between the two should be much smaller. Stewart is as healthy as he's ever been in his NFL career, while Williams is in his annual-decline phase. Stewart's current fantasy Average Draft Position is undrafted. Considering the cost, Stewart is one of our favorite 2014 running back sleepers. He's never been this cheap.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM

Jonathan Stewart has been an active participant throughout the offseason program.

Given Stewart's injury history, it's newsworthy when he's actually practicing during the spring/summer. This is the healthiest he's been since before the 2011 season, when he proceeded to average a career-best 5.35 YPC on 142 rushes while playing in all 16 games. Still just 27 years old, Stewart still has a chance to resurrect his career while sharing the reps with DeAngelo Williams. There's more upside for the Panthers here than fantasy owners.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 11:27 AM

Jonathan Stewart is doing yoga and stretching more in an effort to improve his durability.

Over the last two seasons, Stewart has missed 17 games and averaged just 3.65 YPC when while battling ankle and knee issues. He's still just 27 years old and expects to participate fully in late-May OTAs, so we're not throwing in the towel on such a talented natural runner just yet. But the presence of DeAngelo Williams and massive holes on Carolina's offensive line keep the ceiling capped.
May 5 - 12:48 PM

Jonathan Stewart had his 2014 base salary reduced from $1.5 million to $785,000.

It's unclear if the $715,000 difference was converted to a "signing" bonus to create a bit of additional cap space, or if Stewart took a straight pay cut. Either way, Stewart's roster spot isn't in jeopardy due to an enormous amount of dead money ($18.185 million) it would create if Stewart were released.
Feb 25 - 9:17 AM

Updating a previous item, Jonathan Stewart's base salary spikes to $8.285 million and becomes fully guaranteed if the Panthers decline his $6.875 million offseason option bonus.

These running back contracts signed off on by former GM Marty Hurney continue to haunt the Panthers' franchise, even as "new" GM Dave Gettleman enters year two. Stewart is going to be back with Carolina in 2014. Gettleman would surely love for Stewart to take a pay cut, but J-Stew has leverage and there would be little or nothing the Panthers could do in the event Stewart balked.
Jan 13 - 11:35 AM

The Panthers guaranteed Jonathan Stewart's $1.5 million base salary for 2014 when they reworked his contract in the 2013 offseason.

The base salary is only $1.5 million, however, and Stewart's $6.875 million option bonus doesn't appear to be guaranteed. $2.5 million of his $4.25 million salary in 2015 is additionally guaranteed. The bottom line for GM Dave Gettleman will be that Stewart is owed $8.375 million in 2014 salary and bonuses, and he isn't worth half that much at this stage of his career. He'll almost certainly have to accept a pay cut to stay in Carolina.
Jan 13 - 10:47 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Matt Blanchard
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Darrin Reaves
GLB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
3Michael Zordich
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Tavarres King
3Brenton Bersin
4Marcus Lucas
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Jason Avant
3Philly Brown
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Mike McNeill
5D.C. Jefferson
K1Graham Gano