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Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Date of Birth:  03/21/1987
Age:  35
Height  5'10"
Weight:   240
College:  Oregon
Drafted:  2008 | Round 1 | Pick 13
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Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB


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Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart has retired from the NFL.

Stewart signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Panthers—the team he spent ten seasons with after Carolina drafted him out of Oregon in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Stewart's productive career ends with 1,705 carries for 7,335 yards and 51 touchdowns along with 162 receptions for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns, and he is the Panthers' all-time leading rusher. The veteran running back spent last season with the Giants, but he'll be remembered as a long-time Panther that formed a dynamic duo with fellow first-round running back DeAngelo Williams. In 2009, Stewart and Williams became just fifth duo in NFL history to each rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, and no backfield has accomplished the feat since. We wish Stewart the best of luck in his post-playing life.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

The Giants have designated Jonathan Stewart (foot) to return from injured reserve.

The veteran running back might actually play again this season, and he has 21 days to practice with the team before he must be activated to the 53-man roster or remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Stewart is not a recommended fantasy pickup, but maybe we'll see the former Panther back on the field in 2018.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

The Giants have placed running back Jonathan Stewart (foot) on injured reserve.

Stewart was ruled out for Week 4 earlier today after not practicing this week, and now New York is placing him on IR. The veteran rushed just six times for 17 yards behind Saquon Barkley over the first three games of the season, but this locks in second-year back Wayne Gallman as the clear handcuff and change-of-pace option after rushing six times for 25 yards in the team's win over the Texans last week. We would assume that Stewart is unlikely to return this year.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart (foot) is out for Week 4.

The veteran running back is off the fantasy radar, but he's a good presence in New York's backfield. Wayne Gallman will likely handle all of the backfield touches when Saquon Barkley takes a break against the Saints this weekend.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart gets two carries in Week 3.

Stewart gained eight yards on his two carries. The veteran running back is a good presence in the running back room for the Giants, but he's not a fantasy option at the moment.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart gets two carries against Dallas.

Stewart gained one yard on his two attempts. He’s just spelling Saquon Barkley at certain points and is not on the fantasy radar.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart gets two carries in Week 1.

Stewart gained eight yards on his two rushing attempts, as he was clearly behind Saquon Barkley. Stewart is off the fantasy radar for now.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart is signing with the Giants, according to Adam Schefter.

Former Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula is now Pat Shurmur's offensive coordinator with the Giants, so the familiarity is there. While we like 2017 fourth-round pick Wayne Gallman and his ability as a runner, it's possible Stewart becomes the starter and leader in the backfield for the Giants in 2018. The Giants backfield will be one to watch throughout the offseason and preseason.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Lions today, according to Adam Schefter.

DeMarco Murray is also going to visit the team today, so Detroit is clearly looking into ways to upgrade their backfield in 2018. Signing Stewart or Murray quickly wouldn't be a surprise, but if not, expect them to be heavily involved with some of the available running backs in free agency. The legal tampering period begins today, so the Lions will also be able to talk to free agents like Dion Lewis, too.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks, according to Mike Garafolo.

Stewart is looking for a new team for the first time in his decade-long career, and the Seahawks are looking to get their running game going after it struggled the last two seasons. It's worth noting Stewart has run very well against Seattle's tough defense over the last few seasons, running for over 4.5 yards per carry in two of the three games, and rushing for two touchdowns in the game he did not eclipse 4.5 yards per carry. We'll see if Stewart visits with more teams, but Seattle might be a match for him.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

The Panthers have released running back Jonathan Stewart, the team's all-time leading rusher.

While Stewart remained a solid contributor to a playoff team in Carolina last season, it's not surprising to see them part ways with the veteran running back. Stewart played ten seasons with the Panthers and had a great run with them, carrying 1,699 times for 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns along with 162 receptions for 1,295 receiving yards, and seven receiving touchdowns. Stewart's 7,318 rushing yards are the most in franchise history, and he was a very consistent running back for them throughout the years, despite having only one 1,000-yard rushing season (in 2009). He'll turn 31 in March, but Stewart should draw interest from other teams if he wants to continue playing. Meanwhile, this should be Christian McCaffrey's backfield in Carolina, though the team is almost certain to add more to the backfield mix for 2018.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart gets 11 carries in playoff loss to New Orleans.

Stewart ran well in the close Wild Card defeat, gaining 51 yards on his 11 attempts. This season, the run blocking for the Panthers clearly wasn't very good, which didn't help Stewart achieve startle fantasy value. However, he still did get 198 carries during the regular season and is under contract with the team for 2018. Stewart might be asked to take a pay cut if he does remain in Carolina, though.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart (back tightness) is inactive for Week 17.

The Panthers could just be giving Stewart some rest in a game they don't need to win today against Atlanta, but he's listed as out with back tightness. Stewart's regular season ends with 198 carries for 680 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns along with eight receptions for 52 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He'll share the load with Christian McCaffrey in the playoffs, assuming he's healthy and ready to go.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart rushed seven times for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

He also lost a yard on his lone reception. Stewart failed to get going on limited touches, as Christian McCaffrey led the backfield with nine carries, and Cam Newton did most of the heavy lifting with 14 carries. Carolina will potentially win the NFC South in Week 17 against the Falcons, but Stewart won't be a reliable fantasy option to conclude the regular season.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart rushed 11 times for 27 yards in win over Green Bay.

He also caught a nine-yard pass. Stewart went off against Minnesota in Week 14, but the Panthers mostly relied on Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton with the Packers coming to town. The veteran back won't be much more than a touchdown-dependent FLEX option against the Buccaneers on Christmas Eve.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart scores three times in Week 14 win.

Stewart rushed 16 times for 103 yards and the three touchdowns. He got things started with a 60-yard score in the first quarter and then a one-yarder in the second quarter before finishing things off with the game-winning touchdown from one yard out in the fourth quarter. The veteran looked really good against the NFL's top defense, but fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect him to suddenly be a starting option in Week 15. Consider Stewart a low-floor FLEX option against Green Bay next Sunday.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart scores in loss to the Saints.

Stewart rushed 11 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, which was a two-yard leap in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the running game didn't really get going besides that, as Cam Newton led the team with 51 yards on the ground. Stewart basically needs a touchdown to be worth a fantasy start, and that will be hard to come by against Minnesota's elite defense in Week 14.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart scores against the Jets.

Stewart couldn't get much going on the ground in the Week 12 victory, carrying 15 times for 26 yards an a touchdown. The score came at the goal line from two yards out, and Stewart's long carry of the game was four yards. Christian McCaffrey (seven carries for 62 yards) is poised to get more of Stewart's work in the backfield down the stretch.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart goes over 100 yards against the Dolphins.

Carolina's running game has struggled for most of the season, but it didn't struggle at all in this Monday night win over Miami. Stewart, who hadn't rushed for 100 yards this season, carried 17 times for 110 yards in the victory, as he picked up positive yardage throughout the night. The only thing that was really missing for Stewart was a touchdown, but it's a big positive to see the running game get going like this. We'll see if the Panthers can keep it going when they emerge from their Week 11 bye, and Stewart is worth a flier in standard leagues as a potential 15+ carry guy in a good offense down the stretch if you don't know what to do with an open bench spot on your roster.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart loses two fumbles in Week 9 win.

Stewart rushed 11 times for 21 yards, but whether it was the fumbles or part of the game plan, Christian McCaffrey was given 15 carries, which he turned into 66 yards and a touchdown. Carolina should continue to give McCaffrey the majority of the carries down the stretch, including next week against Miami. Stewart is just a weak FLEX option at this point.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart scores first rushing touchdown of the season in Week 8 win.

Stewart rushed 11 times for 34 yards in a 17-3 victory over the Bucs. Things were not looking good when Cameron Artis-Payne got a couple carries near the goal line, but he wasn't able to convert, and Stewart did on the third attempt. Averaging just 2.99 yards per carry this season, the veteran back is on pace for 658 rushing yards and two touchdowns at the season's midway point. Carolina needs to improve up front. They take on the Falcons in Week 9.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart gets 14 carries in Panthers' loss.

Stewart gained 48 yards on his 14 touches, which was his best game since Week 4 against the Patriots. The veteran runner is in the FLEX discussion each week, but there are probably more appealing fantasy options out there. He gets the Buccaneers in Week 8.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Eagles shut down Jonathan Stewart.

Aside from Cam Newton's 71 yards rushing, the Panthers could not get anything going against the Eagles. Stewart rushed eight times for -4 yards, as he had no room to run and his long run of the game was for three yards. Over the last two weeks, Stewart had 26 carries for -15 yards, so he's obviously a risky fantasy option right now.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart handles 21 touches in Week 5 win.

Stewart rushed 18 times for just 21 yards, adding three catches for 23 yards. The Lions were able to stuff the veteran for most of the day, but the workload is encouraging. Stewart gets a short week before facing the Eagles on Thursday night, and he remains a decent FLEX option with the hopes of a score.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart leads Panthers in rushing against the Patriots.

Stewart carried 14 times for 68 yards with a lost fumble in the win over New England, and he didn't catch his only target in the passing game. Christian McCaffrey received six carries in the game, and it looks like Stewart will continue to have FLEX value as someone that's gotten 12-18 carries each game this season. He gets the Lions in Week 5.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart rushed 12 times for 57 yards in Sunday's loss to New Orleans.

He also caught a four-yard pass. The veteran back got rolling early, but poor play at the quarterback position caused Carolina to fall behind, and they eventually fell 34-13 at home. Stewart should be on the bench for next week's matchup with the Patriots, as there's a good chance the Panthers play from behind again, especially with Cam Newton struggling.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart rushed 15 times for 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills.

Stewart was held without a catch and out of the end zone, but the workload was encouraging. The 30-year-old is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry through two games, though, and could lose work with Christian McCaffrey waiting in the wings. That said, he's a solid FLEX play until further notice, and he might even be a low-end RB2 for next Sunday's matchup with the Saints.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart sees 20 touches in Week 1 win.

Stewart rushed 18 times for 65 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a well-designed play using Christian McCaffrey as a decoy, allowing Stewart to have plenty of space to take a short screen pass for a red-zone score. The 30-year-old still showed he's got quite a bit left in the tank, and even with McCaffrey around, he's a good FLEX option. Carolina hosts the Bills in Week 2.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jay Glazer: Jonathan Stewart to be "featured back" in Carolina.

Glazer is typically spot on with his news, so expect Stewart to get over 15 touches per game this season as the main guy in Carolina. However, Glazer also said that the Panthers do plan to get rookie Christian McCaffrey heavily involved. The Panthers get the 49ers today and both backs should be usable fantasy options to open the year.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart looks great in Panthers' third preseason game.

Cam Newton (shoulder) was back in the lineup for the dress rehearsal exhibition against Jacksonville, but the Panthers pounded the ball to open the game. Stewart started in the backfield and had five carries for 39 yards in the game, while also adding a three-yard reception. Stewart broke tackles and looks to run with a lot of juice, especially on his 31-yard run on the opening drive. While talented rookie Christian McCaffrey is certainly going to get his share of work, Stewart has played well in shared backfields in the past and performed. He's not a bad selection at his current ADP near the double-digit rounds.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart carries four times for eight yards in preseason game.

Stewart started the Week 2 preseason game, but rookie Christian McCaffrey (three carries for 33 yards and a touchdown, and two receptions for 39 yards) was very impressive again. McCaffrey caps Stewart's upside, but the veteran running back can still be a fantasy contributor in 2017, especially if Carolina's offense improves from their subpar 2016.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Stewart rushed twice for four yards in Wednesday night's preseason opener.

The veteran back started, but Christian McCaffrey quickly become involved with the first-team offense. It was the first game, though, and Cam Newton wasn't playing, so we should get a better idea about Stewart's role in the third preseason game.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart told ESPN he doesn't care about losing carries to Christian McCaffrey.

Stewart said, "Stop talking about that. Who cares?" when asked about how many carries he might lose to McCaffrey. Stewart made it clear it's about the team and winning a Super Bowl, which is a big positive for the team. Stewart has been in timeshares before, including a dynamic one with DeAngelo Williams, so there will be no issues with sharing the rock for Stewart. Adding McCaffrey might actually help Stewart stay fresher and do more damage with his carries.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Panthers sign Stewart to one-year extension.

The veteran back's contract was going to expire after the 2017 season, but this should keep him with the Panthers through 2018. 30 years old as of three days ago, Stewart could still see his replacement chosen in the NFL Draft; if that isn't Leonard Fournette with the 8th overall pick, though, Stewart will be leading the Panthers backfield again, and would be a mid/low RB2.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said it's "fair" to assume the Panthers may draft a running back.

Jonathan Stewart was banged up last season and averaged under 4.0 yards per carry, so it has been the expectation that the Panthers would bring someone else in. Gettleman said that this draft is very deep at running back. The Panthers will almost certainly select one, whether it be at pick eight or later (they could always trade back a bit in the first and grab a running back.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Head coach Ron Rivera implies that Jonathan Stewart will be back in 2017.

Appearing on NFL Insiders, Rivera said they need to "get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling" to take pressure off Cam Newton. Rivera also said they're going to use more 12 personnel. We still believe the Panthers will select a running back at some point in the 2017 NFL Draft, but Stewart could be a steal in 2017 fantasy drafts if he's the lead back on a team that seems like they'll be more committed to running the ball next season.

Jonathan Stewart rushed 20 times for 65 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

In 13 games this season, Stewart rushed 218 yards for 824 yards (3.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns, adding eight catches for 60 yards. Turning 30 this March, Stewart is almost certainly going to see backfield competition added this offseason. If it's someone like Dalvin Cook in the first round of the NFL Draft, Stewart will probably turn into a handcuff. If he remains the starter, Stewart will be a low-end RB2 next season.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart had eleven carries for 50 yards against the Falcons.

After a great performance last week against the Redskins, the Panthers offense struggled against Atlanta. Stewart will be a volume RB2 to conclude the season against Tampa Bay.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart powers for over 130 yards against the Redskins.

Stewart had 25 carries for 132 yards and one reception for eight yards against Washington. Stewart showed great determination and was hard to bring down. This was Stewart's first game of the season over 100 yards, and the offense looked more like people expected coming into the season. Stewart will be a RB2 next week against Atlanta.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart ground-and-pounds 24 carries against San Diego.

Stewart had 24 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers have a very good run defense, but Stewart got enough work to put in a good fantasy day. Stewart will be an RB2/FLEX next week against the Redskins.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart rushed 11 times for 50 times in Sunday night's loss to the Seahawks.

He also lost a fumble and caught a three-yard pass. Stewart had some nice runs, but the Panthers weren't in the game at all. The Chargers have a good run defense, but he might bounce back against San Diego in Week 14, and can be in lineups as an RB2.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Jonathan Stewart rushed 17 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Stewart was basically the Panthers offense on Sunday, as Cam Newton completed just 14 passes for the second straight week. The veteran back's best game of the season came at a good time for fantasy owners, but the good times may stop next week as the Panthers travel to Seattle. It might be best to bench Stewart for that matchup.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Stewart scores at the goal line, but is bottled up in win.

He scored in the 2nd quarter, but ended up with just 31 yards on 18 carries, also catching an 8-yard pass. Center Ryan Khalil was injured in the game, which was a big loss, but Stewart hasn't looked great this season. He is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry, saving fantasy owners with five touchdowns in seven games. It's hard to take him out of your lineup with a big workload every week, but Stewart is a trade candidate before the trade deadline in many leagues this Wednesday.

Jonathan Stewart | Retired RB

Stewart rushes for just 39 yards despite positive game flow.

Carolina ended up losing the game after being up 17-3 in the 4th quarter. The veteran back had 13 carries for 39 yards. Stewart was ineffective even against a soft run defense and with the Panthers leading throughout. Although he's averaging just 3.6 yards per carry this season, Stewart remains an RB2 thanks to workhorse status and touchdown potential, especially this Thursday night against New Orleans.