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Mike Tolbert | Running Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 245
College: Coastal Carolina
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Mike Tolbert rushed eight times for 20 yards in Carolina's postseason loss to San Francisco.
Tolbert handled two first-half goal-line carries but was stopped cold each time, initially by ILB Patrick Willis and later by OLB Ahmad Brooks. With Jonathan Stewart (knee) inactive, Tolbert surprisingly led Carolina in carries, with eight to DeAngelo Williams' five. As injury-ruined Stewart is owed a massive offseason roster bonus, Tolbert has a chance to return as Carolina's clear No. 2 back in 2014, behind Williams. At some point, however, the Panthers are going to have to inject their backfield with younger legs. Jan 12 - 4:23 PM

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Mike Tolbert rushed seven times for 29 yards and caught three passes for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Atlanta.

Tolbert had one signature play as he burst into the secondary and absolutely trucked William Moore as he carried defenders to the 5-yard line. Other than that, he was quiet again despite the absence of Jonathan Stewart. Tolbert's second season in Carolina ends with 101 carries for 361 yards and five touchdowns in addition to 27 catches for 184 yards and two more scores. He never had more than 48 rushing yards or 41 receiving yards in a single game all year, burying owners when he didn't find the end zone.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed once for one yard in Carolina's Week 16 win over the Saints, adding two catches for five yards.

One of fantasy's most touchdown-reliant options, Tolbert was a total non-factor on a day where the Panthers offense could get nothing going, either before or after monsoon-like conditions settled over Charlotte. Tolbert has scored once in his past seven games.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Mike Tolbert had 12 carries for 18 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Jets.

With Jonathan Stewart (knee) sidelined, Tolbert saw an expanded role in the running game behind DeAngelo Williams. He failed to score on his first two goal-line carries, but converted from one yard out late in the fourth quarter. Tolbert wasn't a factor in the passing game, finishing with just one catch for seven yards. Despite the increased usage, he'll remain a touchdown-dependent RB4 in Week 16 against the Saints.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Mike Tolbert rushed three times for 12 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Saints.

Tolbert was forced to stay in on pass protection against a blitz-heavy Saints defense and had just five touches. He didn't have any goal-line chances and managed only two catches for 17 yards. Tolbert won't be more than a low-upside RB3/FLEX option if Jonathan Stewart (knee) can't play next week. He doesn't have more than 48 rushing yards in any game this season and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 9.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Mike Tolbert (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Tolbert is fully expected to serve in his usual short-yardage hammer role against the Saints.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Tolbert should be fine for Week 14 against the Saints on Sunday night. DeAngelo Williams will also likely be back in the lineup. None of Tolbert, Williams, or Jonathan Stewart will be more than desperation flex plays.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 06:01:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed nine times for 48 yards in Carolina's Week 13 win over the Bucs, adding three catches for an additional 41 yards.

With DeAngelo Williams (quad) inactive, Tolbert managed 47 more yards than Jonathan Stewart on four fewer touches. Getting held out of the end zone still made it a mediocre fantasy day, however. Tolbert's goal-line carries will make him the favorite for points in Carolina's backfield during the fantasy playoffs, but he's still a touchdown-dependent FLEX option. Ideally, he's your fourth running back.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:04:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (knee) will play in Week 13 against the Bucs.

Tolbert surprised even himself by getting in practice reps this week, though he's clearly not 100 percent. Avoid him in Week 13 lineup decisions.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 01:29:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (hamstring) doesn't expect to practice at all this week.

Tolbert injured his hammy late in the win at Miami last week and is also dealing with a bruised knee. He appears unlikely to play against the Bucs Sunday. Tolbert has totaled just 15 touches over the last three weeks anyway.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 10:15:00 AM

Mike Tolbert (leg) is not practicing Wednesday.

Tolbert was injured on the Panthers final drive in Sunday's win over Miami. His status should be considered day to day. Tolbert won't be more than a touchdown-dependent RB3 if active for Week 13 against the Bucs.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 01:17:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed four times for 23 yards and caught one pass for five yards in Sunday's Week 12 win at Miami.

When Tolbert doesn't get into the end zone, he's going to hurt your fantasy team. In this one, he was stopped at the 1-yard line with under a minute left and the Panthers called a successful play-action pass to Greg Olsen on the next play. So Tolbert finished without a touchdown for the third straight game. The Panthers will put points on the Bucs in Week 13, but owners starting Tolbert will just be rolling the dice that they'll have a lot of snaps inside the 5-yard line.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:58:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed for 17 yards on six carries in the Panthers' Week 11 win over the Patriots on Monday night.

Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams each carried the rock six times to lead the team, while Tolbert's 17 yards led the backfield. Carolina employed a three-man rotation with the aforementioned two and Jonathan Stewart. Tolbert handled his customary short-yardage and goal-line looks. He picked up a big first down on a third-and-one run around the right side, but that was the highlight of his night. Tolbert and all three of the Carolina backs are merely desperation fantasy plays.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:04:00 AM

Mike Tolbert (personal) returned to Panthers practice on Friday.

As it turns out, Tolbert's "personal" absence from Thursday's practice was due to the fact that he was attending the birth of his child. Red-zone specialty back Tolbert is going to play against the Patriots on Monday night.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 02:05:00 PM

Mike Tolbert missed Thursday's practice for personal reasons.

The exact nature of Tolbert's absence is unclear, but we'd tentatively expect him to be back in time for Monday night's showdown with the Patriots. Regardless, he got just four touches last week as the Panthers implement a true three-headed monster in their backfield.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Matt Blanchard
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Kenjon Barner
GLB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Mike Tolbert
2Jonathan Stewart
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
3Michael Zordich
WR11Jerricho Cotchery
2Jason Avant
3Kealoha Pilares
4Toney Clemons
WR21Tiquan Underwood
2Tavarres King
3Marvin McNutt
4Brenton Bersin
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Mike McNeill
5D.C. Jefferson
K1Graham Gano