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Jonathan Stewart makes training camp debut

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Running back Jonathan Stewart didn’t land on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp, but a hamstring injury has left him unable to perform at training camp all the same.

Things are looking up for Stewart, though. He made his training camp debut on Sunday, suiting up for practice for the first time since getting hurt in a pre-camp workout.

Whether or not their receivers have been unfairly maligned, the Panthers are going to need to be able to move the ball on the ground to put up points this season so having a healthy Stewart to go with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert is attractive. It’s also been elusive.

Injuries have been a constant for Stewart since 2011 and he’s averaged under 3.7 yards per carry in just 15 games over the last two seasons. Reports of his spring work were good, but they won’t mean much if things keep trending in that direction.

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9 Responses to “Jonathan Stewart makes training camp debut”
  1. robinjoes says: Aug 10, 2014 6:20 PM

    I watched the Panthers last Friday night. The big ? is the OLine. Bell was pushed 8 yards back into the QB at least twice. Anderson managed to get the ball out quickly and make a play.
    I hope the Line solidifies but last weeks performance will not get it done!

  2. keeppounding says: Aug 10, 2014 6:42 PM

    Don’t get too excited I’m sure he’ll be hurt again before the start of the season.

  3. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 10, 2014 7:01 PM

    Was at camp today and also noteworthy was that Cam Newton took off and ran the ball several times for the first time since his ankle surgery. Also noticed? Kelvin Freaking Benjamin … just wow. This Titans fan predicts he’ll be Rookie of the Year.

  4. motsuret06 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:36 PM

    Its time to bid farewell to JStew after the season is over and if he stays healthy. If he get hurt again, then the Panthers are in real trouble in the running game because they have no replacement for him. Its time to JStew to put up or shut up and find a new lines of work that is less hazardous to his health. He is getting to be like Jeff Otah and we know what happened to him.

  5. qdog112 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:48 PM

    We should have traded him 2 years ago during one of his healthy periods.

    Now suddenly we’re old and an injury away from RB Armageddon, with proven RB on the team.

    Not good for a team predicated on ball control.

  6. blazerofthenorth says: Aug 10, 2014 7:48 PM

    Darrin Reaves is the future

  7. unislaya says: Aug 10, 2014 8:17 PM

    I thought this guy retired?

  8. ncarolinabluze says: Aug 10, 2014 8:55 PM

    A healthy Stewart would be a huge bonus, but the run game was just fine without him last year. Deangelo, Toldozer, Cam, Barner give them enough firepower in the backfield.
    The question is, will there be any linemen to block? I know Panthers draft “best available” and K. Ealy could be a steal, but they really should have used that 2nd round pick for “best available lineman”. The starters are unsettling…the reserves are downright scary.

  9. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    he’ll get hurt again, just wait.

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