Running back Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers said he isn’t concerned about losing carries to Christian McCaffrey, the team’s first-round draft pick from Stanford. In Stewart’s eyes, the more talent on the Carolina roster, the better.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers said he isn’t concerned about losing carries to Christian McCaffrey, the team’s first-round draft pick from Stanford.
In Stewart’s eyes, the more talent on the Carolina roster, the better.
“Who cares? We want to win Super Bowls, right?” said Stewart, a graduate of Timberline High School in Lacey. “That’s the bottom line on why we drafted him. It’s not about people getting carries, or people getting touches, or getting touchdowns. It’s about what you can contribute” to the team.
Stewart has always approached things with a team-first mentality, having spent the majority of his nine-year career splitting reps with DeAngelo Williams.
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The Panthers envision Stewart, 30, having a huge role in the offense after a solid season in which he ran for 824 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games. That’s why they signed him to a one-year, $8 million extension that will keep him under contract through the 2018 season.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pound Stewart is an entirely differently runner than the smaller McCaffrey.
Stewart is a power back who excels at breaking tackles, while McCaffrey is expected to bring more speed, quickness and versatility to the backfield as a pass receiver.
“It doesn’t change Jonathan’s role,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of the addition of McCaffrey. “We’re going to do what we do. (McCaffrey) is a young man who can come in and supplant some of those reps. He’s a dynamic player that can do some things Jonathan doesn’t do.”
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