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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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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. Dec 27 - 10:24 AM
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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.
Dec 21 - 4:20 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.
Dec 19 - 12:51 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.
Dec 14 - 5:26 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.
Dec 11 - 6:14 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.
Dec 9 - 10:26 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.
Dec 7 - 5:04 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.
Dec 5 - 1:04 PM

Jonathan Stewart is set for an expanded role Sunday with DeAngelo Williams (finger) in doubt.

Williams has a fracture at the base of his middle finger and has been listed as day to day. The Panthers should be giving Stewart the lion's share of the work anyway. Stewart is averaging 4.25 YPC on the year compared to 3.47 for Williams, and Stewart is also tied for fifth in the entire league in yards after contact per attempt. He's flashed some of the early-career form that once made him one of the better young running backs in the league. If Williams ends up inactive against the Saints Sunday, Stewart would have some flex appeal.
Dec 2 - 10:54 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries in the Panthers' Week 13 loss to the Vikings.

He caught both of his targets for an additional 25 yards. Stewart is running circles around DeAngelo Williams, but continues to split carries with his worse teammate. Further complicating matters was Mike Tolbert's return to action after a stint on I.R./recall. Stewart remains nothing more than a FLEX option.
Nov 30 - 4:41 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed seven times for 24 yards in Week 11 against the Falcons.

He added 15 yards on three catches. Stewart continues to split work with DeAngelo Williams, rendering each back mostly useless in fantasy because the Carolina line doesn't block well. Stewart plays passing downs and is the better option out of he and Williams as a desperation FLEX.
Nov 16 - 5:23 PM

Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 11.

DeAngelo Williams (probable, foot) will also play this week, leaving both as low-end FLEX options. Stewart should lead the committee in touches, but is averaging just 3.9 YPC behind the Panthers' struggling offensive line.
Nov 14 - 5:34 PM

Jonathan Stewart (ankle) remained limited on Thursday.

The Panthers are just limiting the oft-injured Stewart's reps. He'll be ready to go as a middling FLEX play against the Falcons.
Nov 13 - 3:32 PM

Jonathan Stewart (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Panthers limited Stewart and held out DeAngelo Williams on Wednesday, but both should be available this week. Stewart will be no more than a low-end RB2 behind the Panthers' struggling offensive line.
Nov 12 - 5:30 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 11 times for 36 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.

He added four catches for 23 yards. Stewart continues to play behind DeAngelo Williams, but it's been clear as day all season that Stewart is the better back. He needs more touches. But we're not expecting it. This will remain a timeshare backfield, rendering Stewart as nothing more than a low-end RB2 behind a terrible offensive line. He'll have a plus matchup with Atlanta in Week 11.
Nov 11 - 12:02 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Philly Brown
WR31Philly Brown
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
K1Graham Gano