Jonathan Stewart reportedly signs with Giants

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

Free-agent running back Jonathan Stewart has signed with the New York Giants, the team announced Tuesday night. Under Shula's watch, Stewart tallied 3,482 yards over five seasons, including 989 yards, second highest in his career, in 2015, when the Panthers went 15-1 en route to an NFC Championship.

A first-round pick out of OR in 2008, Stewart has made one Pro Bowl (2015) and has 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns for his career. He became Carolina's all-time leading rusher in 2017 after surpassing DeAngelo William's previous record in October.

The move reunites Stewart with former Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who now has the same job in NY. None of their backs a season ago - Orleans Darkwa, Wayne Gallman, Shane Vereen, and Paul Perkins - did anything overly impressive, and two of them (Darkwa and Vereen) are free agents. Stewart ran for a season-high 110 yards on 17 carries against Miami on November 13. He rushed for 680 yards and six touchdowns on 198 attempts, and added eight receptions for 52 yards and a score.

In addition to his rushing totals, Stewart has caught 162 passes for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns.

In his junior year at Oregon, Stewart rushed for 1,722 yards and nine touchdowns before he made a decision to jump to the NFL. Stewart has 18 100-yard games, and that was the only one against the Giants. Rebuilding teams shouldn't be signing 30-year-old running backs. The Panthers also used the No. 8 overall draft selection previous year on running back Christian McCaffrey. The Giants also own the No. 2 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft and have been rumored to be interested in Penn State running back and top prospect Saquon Barkley.

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