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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
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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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not practice Thursday.

Stewart also missed Wednesday's session. Another missed practice on Thursday suddenly puts his availability in doubt, and he likely needs to get in some work Friday to have a real shot at playing. Cameron Artis-Payne will get the start if Stewart sits.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Stewart didn't get a single carry in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Falcons. He may have re-injured his foot, or the Panthers could just be taking it easy on him with season over. His status for Week 17 is up in the air.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 11 times for 50 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for two yards in the Panthers' Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

Stewart was the most effective part of the offense, but he did not get much of a chance to show it in a game the Panthers were never really in. He did open the second half with a couple nice runs on a scoring drive, but he did not see a carry in the fourth quarter. Stewart will hope to find more success against a tough Bucs squad next week, but he will be no better than a middling RB2.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 25 times for 132 yards in the Panthers' 26-15, Week 15 win over the Redskins on Monday night.

He also caught an eight-yard pass on two targets. Stewart was the best player on the field in this one, running as hard as we've seen a back run this season, chewing up chunk yards and throwing stiff-arms at will. It was Stewart's first 100-yard rushing game of the season and his first since last Week 11 against the Redskins, not including the playoffs. The only thing that could have made Monday night better is if Stewart would have scored a touchdown. His ability to punish the Redskins on the ground did a ton for the offense. Stewart will be a high-end RB2 next week in a home game against the Falcons.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 12:06:00 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 24 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Chargers.

It would have been a brutal effort if not for a first quarter goal-line plunge. Stewart is a last-gasp RB2, but has a plus Week 15 matchup in the Redskins.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 11 times for 50 yards and caught one pass for three yards in the Panthers' Week 13 loss to Seattle.

Stewart had nowhere to run most of the night. He lost a fumble in the second quarter that put the Panthers out of good field position. Stewart fell out of the gameplan after that, with Mike Tolbert taking over in garbage time. Stewart had scored in two of the last three weeks. He'll remain an RB2 for Week 14 against the Chargers.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:54:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Panthers' Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

Stewart had his longest run of the season in this one, taking a handoff 47 yards up the middle and into the red zone. Stewart has now scored three touchdowns in his last two games and seven over his last six. Last season, he was the one getting vultured at the goal line by Cam Newton, but this year the Panthers are actually letting Stewart tote it. His touchdowns came from one and three yards out in the third quarter. Stewart offers nothing in the passing game, but his volume and touchdown upside make him an every-week RB2 ahead of Week 13 at the Seahawks.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 07:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
5Jalen Simmons
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Darrel Young
2Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Russell Shepard
4Keyarris Garrett
5Fred Ross
WR21Devin Funchess
2Curtis Samuel
3Damiere Byrd
4Charles Johnson
5Mose Frazier
WR31Curtis Samuel
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
LT1Matt Kalil
2Tyrus Thompson
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
3David Yankey
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Amini Silatolu
3Dan France
RT1Michael Oher
2Daryl Williams
3Taylor Moton
4Blaine Clausell
K1Graham Gano
2Harrison Butker