Jonathan Stewart
Jonathan Stewart
32-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract with the Giants in March of 2018.
Retires from football
RBFree Agent
April 23, 2019
Stewart (foot) is retiring from the NFL.
Stewart is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Panthers after a lost 2018 campaign in New York. The 2008 first-round pick played 10 of his 11 pro seasons for Carolina, peaking at 1,133 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009. Stewart retires as the franchise leader in carries (1,699), rushing yards (7,318) and rushing touchdowns (51), finishing slightly ahead of longtime backfield mate DeAngelo Williams in each category.
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How do Jonathan Stewart's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
240 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Shuttle Time
4.53 sec
Cone Drill
7.44 sec
Vertical Jump
31.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Bench Press
19 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Stewart's plodding ways and frequent injuries finally earned him a ticket out of Carolina, but the 31-year-old was quickly snapped up in free agency by the Giants, who then used the second overall pick in the draft on Saquon Barkley. Rather than the No. 1 role he may have envisioned when he signed, Stewart will serve as a veteran mentor to the rookie, a role that will mean a significant reduction in his workload. He offers little as a receiver, so his main role likely will be to give Barkley a breather on early downs and perhaps get goal-line and short-yardage snaps - Stewart saw 28 carries inside the 5-yard line the last two seasons. Second-year back Wayne Gallman is also on the depth chart and offers more ability as a pass catcher, so Stewart needs to prove he still has enough left in the tank to handle the backup job.
Stewart has done yeoman's work for the Panthers since being selected 13th overall in 2008, but his tenure as the team's starting RB appears to be drawing to a close after Carolina nabbed Christian McCaffrey eighth overall in this year's draft. It's easy to see why the front office might have been looking for an upgrade. Stewart has missed three games due to injury in each of the last three seasons and seen his yards per carry decline every year during that stretch. His 18 rushing TDs over those three seasons is still impressive, and Stewart should still see plenty of action in short-yardage situations. McCaffrey's younger, healthier legs and elite pass-catching ability make him an every-down option, though, and a timeshare might be the best Stewart can hope for if the rookie is as good as advertised in camp.
We’re trained not to expect a full season from Stewart, as he’s made it to 16 full games just once in six years. Nonetheless, last year’s return was pretty good. He graded out No. 15 in basic-scoring points per game, and No. 16 in aggregate fantasy points. He even made his first Pro Bowl appearance. Stewart is unlikely to ever be a goal-line monster given the presence of Cam Newton, but his rushing TD total was his best since 2009. But forget Stewart as a pass-catcher; he was the only top-16 back who finished with fewer than 100 receiving yards. It’s a league filled with backfield platoons in most cities, and Stewart is another player who has to accept that fact of life. Carolina’s romp through the regular season was wonderful for Stewart’s game flow last year — he never had less than 10 carries in any start, and at one point he logged 20 or more attempts in eight straight games. Opportunity is a huge part of the fantasy equation at running back, but it’s also difficult to see Carolina cruising that easily in 2016. No matter how good a team looks on paper, 15-1 seasons usually come with a regression tax. And when the Panthers are playing catch-up, Stewart usually isn’t on the field. Add it all up and we see a handy player, but someone without major upside.
This time last year, rumors swirled that Stewart was finally at full health after two injury-plagued campaigns. While those rumors didn't completely pan out — Stewart missed three games early in the season with a knee injury and battled minor ailments the rest of the year — when he was on the field he looked rejuvenated, posting his highest rushing total since 2009 and highest YPC since 2011. Stewart's vision, balance and agility complement his power, making him difficult to bring down in the open field, and his 56 missed or broken tackles last season ranked among the NFL's leaders. That's an especially impressive feat when you consider his workload compared to workhorses such as Eddie Lacy, who managed 49 in 87 more touches. Stewart also has good hands as a receiver, though the Panthers haven't thrown to him much in recent years. With DeAngelo Williams now in Pittsburgh and Carolina not signing a big-name free agent or using a high draft pick on a running back, the starting job is all Stewart's entering this season. Despite last year's success, however, he still has a poor track record when it comes to staying healthy, and the added snaps that come with having little competition might end up being more curse than blessing.
Once a speedy and powerful runner, Stewart has seen his skills sapped by ankle and knee injuries. As a result, he's played just 15 games over the last two seasons, averaging under 3.7 YPC in that span. A 10-touchdown rusher in each of his first two seasons in the league, Stewart's totaled seven rushing scores in the last four seasons combined, including precisely zero last year. The good news is that Stewart enters 2014 healthy after missing the end of the regular season as well as the playoffs last year; of course, it seems like every time he takes the ball, he runs a high risk of major injury. Nonetheless, the Panthers restructured Stewart's massive contract over the offseason, allowing them to continue using him in a committee approach with DeAngelo Williams while quarterback Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert dominate the goal-line situations. Unfortunately, even if Stewart can stay healthy, he won't yield much fantasy value with all that competition for touches.
Since entering the league as a 2008 first-round pick, Stewart's upside has been limited by a timeshare with DeAngelo Williams. The addition of Cam Newton the last two years only made things worse, as the quarterback has scored 22 rushing touchdowns over that span. To make matters worse, Stewart will start the season on PUP list and miss Carolina's first five games. Stewart also missed a career-high seven games last season due to an ankle injury that required arthroscopic surgery in January. While Stewart is still just 26, his injury-status, ineffectiveness in 2012 (career-low 3.6 YPC) and Carolina's deep backfield rotation (including Williams, Mike Tolbert and rookie speedster Kenjon Barner), make it unlikely he sees a big workload. When healthy, the 5-10, 235-pound Stewart is a power runner with good straight-ahead speed, and he's also a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Once again working in a backfield by committee, Stewart impressed when given the chance, finishing with 5.4 YPC. Moreover, after entering last season with a total of 34 receptions in his career, he racked up 47 catches for 413 yards in 2011. A whopping 33.1 percent of his carries went for first downs, which led the NFL by a wide margin, and counting both rushing and receiving, Stewart forced 52 missed tackles, which ranked fifth among all backs despite his limited workload. Stewart is powerful, but he’s also explosive for someone who’s 235 pounds, and he’ll be playing for a new contract at the end of this season. If Stewart somehow approached 300 rushing attempts, there’s little doubt he’d be a top-five fantasy back. Unfortunately, with DeAngelo Williams around (and Cam Newton there to steal goal-line carries), that’s unlikely to happen.
After recording 20 rushing scores his first two years in the league, Stewart reached the end zone just twice last season. He also finished with a career-low 770 rushing yards despite DeAngelo Williams missing the final 10 games with an injury. A concussion, Mike Goodson’s emergence and Carolina turning into the worst team in football were all contributing factors to Stewart’s worst season as a pro. Stewart also lost four fumbles, which is glaringly bad considering his workload, but that had never been a big problem before. Stewart still managed to break 30 tackles last season, which tied for the 11th most in the NFL, and every back ahead of him played significantly more snaps except for LeGarrette Blount. Last year aside, it’s clear Stewart is one of the more talented running backs in football, with legitimate tackle-breaking ability and a nose for the end zone. His fantasy value comes down to what happens to DeAngelo Williams. With Williams returning to Carolina thanks to a new five-year, $43 million contract, which included $21 million guaranteed, Stewart's value will depend on Williams' health throughout the season.
Stewart doesn’t start for the Panthers, and the team’s timeshare isn’t going away unless an injury occurs, but that doesn’t mean he’s to be ignored. He totaled 1,272 yards (5.1 YPC) with 11 touchdowns last season while getting just 221 carries. Over the final three games, when starter DeAngelo Williams was out of action, Stewart ran for 440 yards and scored four touchdowns, which reveals two things: his overall numbers would have looked far less impressive had Williams stayed healthy, and also Stewart would immediately become a top-three (if not the No. 1) fantasy back should Williams suffer a serious injury in 2010. While Stewart may be one of the five most talented backs in the NFL, with tremendous tackle-breaking ability combined with good speed, Williams is equally talented and deserving of half the carries. Offseason surgery is expected to fix the lingering foot injury that has plagued Stewart his first two years as a pro, so it’s exciting to think of what he could do if finally pain-free. Despite limited work, his 11 carries for 20-plus yards were tied for third-most in the NFL, and he somehow managed the sixth-most tackles broken in the league. He’s a powerful back who remains the favorite to get goal-line carries this season. A backfield by committee is far from ideal, but the Panthers called 525 run plays last year — the second-most in the NFL — so Stewart will be plenty involved.
Stewart ran for 10 touchdowns during his rookie season, and while 836 rushing yards don’t jump out at you, considering he never received 20 carries in a single game the production was impressive. He wasn’t very active as a receiver, but his 4.5 YPC was strong, and that number actually jumped to 5.6 over the final seven games of the season. The improvement makes sense considering he was still recovering from offseason toe surgery in the beginning of the year. At 5-10, 235, Stewart is powerful yet possesses excellent speed. Tacklers seem to bounce off him, and he’s already one of the best goal-line backs in the league, converting an NFL-best 78 percent (7-of-9) of his attempts last season. There isn’t a more talented “backup” running back in football. DeAngelo Williams is coming off a fantastic season and will no doubt remain the starter, but Stewart will get plenty of carries, and Carolina did have 504 rushing attempts last year. Running behind a devastating offensive line, Stewart can be plenty productive even in a timeshare, and it’s likely he receives the bulk of the all-important goal-line work. It would be nice if he contributed more in the passing game, but Stewart did catch five balls for 67 yards over the final three games last year if you include the postseason, giving some reason for optimism. If Williams were to suffer a serious injury, Stewart would immediately become a top-three fantasy option. At press time, Stewart had not participated in minicamp or OTAs due to an ankle issue, and the Panthers were not forthcoming about the details. Chances are he’ll be fine for the start of training camp, but be sure to check on his status this summer before drafting him.
Despite playing through a painful toe injury that limited his ability to cut, Stewart ran for 1,722 yards with 11 touchdowns on 6.2 YPC last year in Oregon. He underwent toe surgery in early March, giving him ample time for recovery, so he should be ready for training camp. At 5-11, 230, Stewart is big and powerful, but he also possesses good speed, running his 40 in 4.46 seconds. He's athletic enough to make defenders miss, and his receiving ability was a big reason why the Panthers made him the second running back taken in the draft. However, injuries plagued Stewart throughout his collegiate career, so durability is a concern. He's shown toughness, though, and a willingness to play through his maladies. A tacklebreaker who finishes his runs, Stewart immediately becomes the team's best option at the goal line, as DeAngelo Williams has struggled mightily in short-yardage situations throughout his career. While Williams averaged a solid 4.6 YPC the last two years, he lacks the coaching staff's trust, and he's a subpar blocker, so Stewart should be on the field during the majority of passing downs and short-yardage situations. If Williams could muster just 144 carries with only a mediocre DeShaun Foster (3.5 YPC) competing for touches, his workload figures only to decrease with Stewart aboard. With a healthy Jake Delhomme, an improved receiving corps and the addition of Jeff Otah to the line, Carolina's offense should be much improved. Coach John Fox has a run-first philosophy, so there's quite a bit of potential here. The Panthers haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Stephen Davis in 2003, but Stewart could change that in 2008.
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Hitting open market
RBFree Agent
February 6, 2019
The Giants let Wednesday's deadline pass without picking up the second-year option on Stewart's (foot) contract, Jordan Raanan of reports.
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Won't have option picked up
RBNew York Giants
January 25, 2019
Stewart (foot) will become a free agent when the Giants decline to exercise the option for the second season of his two-year contract, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
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Won't return this season
RBNew York Giants
December 6, 2018
Stewart (foot) isn't practicing Wednesday and will revert to injured reserve, ending his season, Ryan Dunleavy of reports.
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Healthy enough to play
RBNew York Giants
November 28, 2018
Coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that Stewart (foot) is "ready to go" if the Giants need him for Sunday's game against the Bears, Jordan Raanan of reports.
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Designated for return from IR
RBNew York Giants
November 15, 2018
Stewart (foot) returned to practice Thursday, opening a 21-day window for the Giants to evaluate him for a return to the 53-man roster.
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