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.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:39pm
The Panthers (3-7-1) have a bye this week.
Tolbert has spent the last eight games on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a hairline fracture in his left leg, but is eligible to return against the Vikings.
Rivera says Tolbert's size, along with his ability to run, block and catch passes makes him a valuable weapon in the backfield.
Tolbert has been practicing the last two weeks and says he feels like he's recovered.
During their fourth quarter comeback attempt, the Panthers used Fozzy Whittaker while DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were on the sideline. Tolbert will add to the crowded mix at RB, but should steal some in-close TD attempts. However, he's a bit of a stretch as a fantasy option in typical leagues.
After Williams left the stadium in a walking boot, his status for the team's Week 5 tilt against the Bears is in serious doubt, according to a source informed of the injury.
Darrin Reaves, who was signed from the practice squad, took over for Williams as did Tauren Poole. Obviously, the Panthers RB situation is pretty dire right now. With Mike Tolbert on IR and Jonathan Stewart also out in Week 4, the Panthers could be left scrambling to add another RB before Week 5. Coming off two straight ugly losses, the Panthers face a rugged schedule that -- after the Bears tilt -- features games against the Bengals, Packers, Seahawks, Saints, Eagles and Falcons.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Williams is expected to start and play big snaps with both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert expected to be out due to injury. (Stewart practiced on Friday and is listed as questionable, but we doubt he plays.) Williams is a nice pickup for teams in need of short-term (2-3 week) help at running back.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) took full practice reps again Thursday. Williams is expected to start and play big snaps with both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert out due to injury. He’s a nice pickup for teams in need of short-term (2-4 week) help at running back.
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