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Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8:58am
The Giants have been coy about the plan for the other running backs, declining to discuss even the possibility of roles such as third-down back or short-yardage back. If Barkley is going to join the ranks of workhorses LeVeon Bell, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and LeSean McCoy, it won't leave much opportunity for anyone else.
But Jonathan Stewart has been the clear No. 2 running back all training camp, not just filling in for short-yardage but spelling Barkley as needed. Shurmur didn't care much about resumes last year, when he played rookie Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon over Latavius Murray with the Vikings.
Related players: Wayne Gallman, Jalen Simmons, Robert Martin
A few weeks ago, a beat reporter noted that Stewart hasn't looked great in the offseason, while Gallman has improved and seems like the better choice for the team's No. 2 RB. Looks like Simmons could also be battling for playing time, as the story said. However, this beat writer feels like Stewart may be able to negate some of Barkley's negative runs, a knock on the rookie to this point, especially around the end zone. Obviously, taking the ball out of Barkley's hands near the goal line will hurt his fantasy value if things do pan out that way.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 2:00pm
After 10 years and 51 rushing touchdowns with the Panthers, Jonathan Stewart joins a Giants team that has struggled running the ball consistently ever since Tiki Barber’s prime years. Stewart has no shot at the starting job with first-round rookie Saquon Barkley in the fold, but he should play a traditional backup role. Should Barkley go down with an injury, Stewart could get a dozen carries per game, which would put him in borderline RB2 territory, particularly in standard league formats.
Stewart is 31 years old, has a history of injuries, and only averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season. He’s lost the burst that made him dangerous early in his career, and he has no shot of competing for a starting job. He also may be challenged for backup and change-of-pace touches from Wayne Gallman, who showed flashes last year.
2018 Bottom Line
Stewart probably shouldn’t be drafted in most leagues as anything more than a handcuff on a team with a deep bench. Even if an injury forces him into a full workload, expect more of a committee approach with Gallman, and the Giants passing attack to do the heavy lifting.
2018 Strength of Schedule - NYG
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2018 Game Stats
|Per game||2.00||4.50||0||0||2.25||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.45||0.45||7.50/69.50||10.72% |
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