Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:42am
Coach Ron Rivera didn’t just say he wanted three series out of Panthers QB Cam Newton and the first-team offense. He said he wanted three "good" series. Whether that means Rivera is willing to risk the NFL MVP and other starters past that remains to be seen.
The starters typically don’t see extensive playing time until the third preseason game. Rivera didn’t expand on what he meant by "good," but you can bet he’ll want to see more out of the running game.
The Panthers rushed for only 81 yards in their preseason opener at Baltimore, and 39 of that total came from third-string quarterback Joe Webb (22) and starting wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (17). Starting running back Jonathan Stewart didn’t play, so look for him to get a few carries. But most of the focus will be on second-year back Cameron Artis-Payne, who had only 10 yards on five carries against the Ravens.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart looks refreshed, revitalized and ready to go. He made a spin move the second day of camp that was as good as any in his career, one that should ease any worries about the foot injury he suffered in the Super Bowl.
"This is my ninth year. I feel like it's my fifth year," Stewart said Wednesday as the Panthers resumed practice after a day off.
Coach Ron Rivera wants to keep Stewart fresh during the season by reducing his carries. With the improvement of second-year running backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Brandon Wegher, and the growth of Fozzy Whittaker, Rivera believes that is possible, the story said. Stew rushed a career-high 242 times last year, but his carries in camp have been limited.
Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne said he gained a lot of confidence as the tailback of choice during Jonathan Stewart’s absence, and after a strong offseason, he would likely be the first choice to spell Stewart again.
With Jonathan Stewart sidelined for a three-game stretch late in the season, Artis-Payne turned 38 total touches into 210 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.60 YPC during that span and would most likely step into a lead back role if Stewart were to miss time again in 2016.
Stewart has been limited throughout much of organized team activities with discomfort in his left foot, Panthers coach Ron Rivera told the Observer after Tuesday’s practice.
“That foot just kind of lingered after he got bent over backwards in the Super Bowl,” Rivera said. “When he showed up it was still sore a little bit. When he started to run he said he could still feel it a little bit.”
“Lately he said he’s been feeling really good, so (Tuesday) he got a good dose of it,” Rivera said. “We’re really trying to be smart with that and I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent, but it’s almost there.”
Despite missing three games, Stewart finished #16 in standard scoring and was #9 through Week 14. This news will only serve to depress his already depressed ADP. He's currently the #28 RB off the board in the 6th round. That's good value, though his long injury history is a concern.
Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3:25pm
Stewart was ruled out on Friday with a sprained foot that sidelined him the past two games.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. With Fozzy Whittaker (ankle, out) also out, Cameron Artis-Payne should see the bulk of the touches with Mike Tolbert serving in a complementary role.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not practice Wednesday. It appears that Stewart will remain out. With Fozzy Whittaker also out, Cameron Artis-Payne should see the bulk of the touches with Mike Tolbert serving in a complementary role.
The Panthers missed Jonathan Stewart in their first loss of the season on Sunday in Atlanta. They could have their top running back on the field when they try to lock up the NFC's top seed in Week 17.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported Tuesday that the Panthers are "hopeful" Stewart will return to the lineup next Sunday against the 6-9 Buccaneers. Stewart -- who has missed the past two weeks with a foot injury -- ran on a treadmill and could practice on Wednesday, according to a source.
In a perfect world, the Panthers would rest Stewart's foot until the divisional playoffs. But Week 17 still has meaning for the Panthers, who would fall to the NFC's No. 2 seed if they were upset by Tampa Bay on Sunday and the Cardinals topped the Seahawks at home.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. Last week, Cameron Artis-Payne out-touched Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker by a margin of 16-to-9. With Stewart out, we expect Artis-Payne to serve as the lead back in a nice matchup with the Falcons.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Stewart has been ruled out. Last week, Cameron Artis-Payne out-touched Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker by a margin of 16-to-9. With Stewart out, we expect Artis-Payne to serve as the lead back in a nice matchup with the Falcons.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Stewart may be able to return this week, though the Panthers #1 priority is to get him healthy for a postseason run. Last week, Cameron Artis-Payne out-touched Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker by a margin of 16-to-9. If Stewart remains out, we expect Artis-Payne to serve as the lead back in a nice matchup with the Falcons.
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