Cameron Artis-Payne, the rookie out of Auburn, has been inactive the past two games and hasn’t played in three straight. His only carry since getting eight carries for 25 yards in an October 4 win at Tampa Bay was the one carry he had for no yards in the Sunday night game against Philadelphia. He got that because Stewart asked for a break.
The Panthers want to get Artis-Payne experience under fire, but he’s behind Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert. That Stewart has been durable and is valuable in terms of blocking as well as running has made it tough to get him off the field. Even Tolbert's carries are way down. But to assure Stewart is fresh for the playoffs (assuming there is not a major collapse), I look for Artis-Payne to get more involved once the Panthers lock down a playoff spot.
With a three-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South, that could happen over the next three games if Carolina continues to win, the story said. Coach Ron Rivera has said several times that he wants to get Artis-Payne more reps and give Stewart a break. Stewart has five straight games with 20 or more carries, the story added. Owners doing the math may now notice Stewart's workload dropping could be during fantasy playoff time, so this is certainly something to monitor.
WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (neck), LB Nate Irving (knee)
S Winston Guy (shoulder)
S Mike Adams (hamstring), S Clayton Geathers (knee)
Panthers (Carolina did not conduct a practice on Saturday. The Saturday practice report is an estimation.)
DE Mario Addison (shoulder), DT Dwan Edwards (ankle)
C Ryan Kalil (ankle), LB Shaq Thompson (knee)
LB Thomas Davis (not injury related), RB Mike Tolbert (not injury related), T Daryl Williams (knee)
Dorsett is out with the ankle injury as we knew after last week's game. Outside of that, there's not a lot of offensive fantasy impact players on the report.
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Along with Jonathan Stewart, Tolbert is looking iffy for Week 4. Stewart is expected to play, but if they’re both out, Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker would split up the running back duties.
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:11am
"We’re still a stable of running backs," Tolbert said. "We may not be at the Kentucky Derby. We may be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but we’re definitely some horses back there, ready to roll.
"And we’re all healthy. That’s the main thing. We’re all healthy, so we can all go at it."
Stewart clearly is the lead horse. As the featured back the final five weeks of last season he averaged 5.3 yards per rush, second best among running backs during that span while Williams was out with an injury, the story said. Tolbert could see goal line and short yardage situations. He can play fullback and tight end too. The story added the real battle is at RB2 where the Panthers were impressed enough with the journeyman Whittaker last season that they rewarded him with a two-year deal in March. They also drafted Artis-Payne, who led the SEC in rushing at Auburn last season, believing he could be the every-down back if Stewart were injured.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera was non-committal as to how many times he'd like Jonathan Stewart to carry the football during a game, adding that he's encouraged by what he's seen in OTAs from young backs Fozzy Whittaker and Cam Artis-Payne.
"Honestly it's going to come down to how you are doing," Rivera said. "If you are running the ball well, obviously you are going to feed him. We would like to be able to run the ball when we have to and run the ball when we want to."
Stewart was tremendous down the stretch, averaging 105 total yards (97.0 rushing) in the final seven games, including two playoff games. He averaged 5.30 YPC in that span, including 5.13 YPC versus Arizona and 5.38 YPC against Seattle in the playoffs. Over the final five games of the regular season, he was the #10 fantasy running back. He turns 28 in March, so there is definitely some tread left on his tires. Even though he has missed 20 percent of his team's games due to injury throughout the career, he’ll be a high-upside pick in the middle rounds. The Panthers are committed to running the ball and Stewart has talent. They originally said they planned to limit him to 15 carries per game, but these comments indicate they will continue to give him the ball if he's running well.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand, out) has been ruled out for Week 14. In five games that Williams has missed in the last two seasons, Jonathan Stewart has averaged 8.4 FP on 14.8 touches per game. Those are solid RB2 numbers, but keep in mind that Mike Tolbert is back in the fold, and he could siphon some goal line work from Stewart.
In the five games that DeAngelo Williams has missed in the last two seasons, Stewart has averaged 14.8 touches for 62.4 total yards. With Williams out, J-Stew’s workload should be safe. Stewart gained 110 total yards last week in a similar matchup, and is running well (4.3 YPC) despite the sorry state of his offensive line. The only concern is that Mike Tolbert is back in the mix; he could steal a goal-line carry (or two).
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) missed practice again Thursday. He has a broken finger, so consider Williams on the doubtful side of questionable for Week 14, which means Jonathan Stewart is shaping up as a very Sneaky Start against a shaky Saints rush defense. In five games that Williams has missed this season, Stewart has averaged 8.4 FP on 14.8 touches per game. Those are solid RB2 numbers, but keep in mind that Mike Tolbert is back in the fold, and he could siphon some goal line work from Stewart.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) did not practice Wednesday. He has a broken finger, so consider Williams on the doubtful side of questionable for Week 14, which means Jonathan Stewart is shaping up as a very Sneaky Start against a shaky Saints rush defense. In five games that Williams has missed this season, Stewart has averaged 8.4 FP on 14.8 touches per game. Those are solid RB2 numbers, but keep in mind that Mike Tolbert is back in the fold, and he could siphon some goal line work from Stewart.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.
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