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|When Stewart gets a chance to run the ball, he looks good (career average of 4.9 yards per carry). He just doesn’t get a chance to run it enough (career low 142 carries last season). In 2011, Stewart split carries with DeAngelo Williams in the Panthers backfield but both players were behind quarterback Cam Newton in terms of getting short yardage work. If that situation wasn’t bad enough, the Panthers backfield got even more crowded in the off-season with the acquisition of former Charger Mike Tolbert, who was a TD vulture in San Diego, scoring 21 times over the past two seasons and caught 54 passes in 2011. His presence will make it difficult for Stewart to match his production from last season – five total touchdowns, 761 rushing yards to go along with career-highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (413). While Stewart is a solid player entering his contract year, he shapes up as no better than a mid-tier to low end RB3 this season with little upside barring an injury in the Panthers backfield.
Comment: Stewart suffered an ankle injury in the Panthers third preseason game. He's questionable to play Week 1.
| Newton, Stewart back practicing for Panthers -- Sun Aug 10 10:10 pm --|
Both expected to play in next preseason game
|Despite the wet conditions Sunday afternoon, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart were on the field with the first-team offense together. Rivera said Newton’s workload will increase now after he did little during Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He sat out Friday’s exhibition, but Rivera said he expects Newton, Stewart and running back DeAngelo Williams to play next Sunday against the Chiefs.
FF Today's Take: Newton's been very limited after ankle surgery in March but he should be full go moving forward. Jonathan Stewart has missed the last couple weeks with a hamstring injury. His injury history is long and even if he makes it through the rest of the preseason healthy, he can't be valued as anything more than a late-round flier for your fantasy team.
| Jonathan Stewart out 1-2 weeks -- Thu Jul 24 3:20 pm --|
|Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said on Thursday that RB Jonathan Stewart injured his hamstring recently and will miss a week or two of camp while he recovers. The team doesn’t feel it is an overly serious injury, so Stewart will remain on the active roster as opposed to being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Gettleman also announced that G Edmund Kugbila will have back surgery in August and miss the entire season. The 2013 fourth-round pick missed his rookie season because of a knee injury. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Stewart actually enjoyed a surgery-free offseason for the first time in years, so this setback hurts as he attempts to have his first meaningful fantasy season since 2011. He’s played just 15 games over the last two years while dealing with a variety of aches and pains. Kugbila technically won't be missed since he has yet to play a snap, but his loss further weakens what projects to be a below-average offensive line.