Tolbert saw four carries and gained 16 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys. The Panthers found themselves in two goal-line scenarios during the game, but Tolbert's number wasn't called on either occasion. Instead, Tolbert ended up seeing all of his carries when the Panthers were holding a double-digit lead, as coach Ron Rivera decided to go with a heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton on the ground when the game was still competitive. Tolbert hasn't recorded more than seven carries in a game this season and can't be counted on to return value in any given week when he doesn't receive a goal-line opportunity.
Tolber carried the ball seven times for five yards in Sunday's win over Washington. He added two catches for five yards and a touchdown. The touchdown snapped a three-game scoreless streak for Tolbert. Despite establishing himself as the No. 2 back in the league's most run-heavy offense, Tolbert has averaged just over four touches per game and has scored in just two contests. With excellent goal-line rushers in Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton on the field, playing Tolbert offers a lot of risk for minimal reward.
Tolbert carried the ball three times for seven yards in Sunday's win over Green Bay. In theory, being the No. 2 back on a team that runs the ball three more times per game than any other squad in the NFL should be associated with solid fantasy production. That's not the case with Cam Newton at quarterback, as Newton has accumulated 50 more carries than Tolbert thus far this season and has accounted for five of Carolina's nine rushing touchdowns. Tolbert is a big-bodied back who has scored twice thus far this season, but with Jonathan Stewart ahead of him on the depth chart and Cam Newton capable of punching in goal-line carries himself, don't expect Tolbert to score enough to be a consistent fantasy performer.
Panthers running back Mike Tolbert (groin) is active for Sunday at Tampa Bay. As his snaps have increased by the game this season, so have his touches, which maxed out at eight (five rushes and three receptions) in Week 3. Overall, six of 11 carries and three of eight targets have occurred in the red zone, signaling that his usage could soon hit paydirt.
Panthers running back Mike Tolbert (groin) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart (leg) both returned to full practices Friday, after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. With Stewart also probable, Tolbert is unlikely to get more than a handful of carries, though it's quite possible a few of those could come at the goal line.
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