The Panthers have signed Tolbert to a two-year deal. Tolbert, who has been a Pro Bowl selection in two of the past three seasons, had been headed for free agency, but the versatile fullback will stay with the Panthers on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which he carried the ball 62 times for 256 yards and a TD, while catching 18 passes for 154 yards and three receiving scores. Tolbert, who turns 31 in November, will thus reprise his role as the Panthers' starting fullback, a job that carries modest fantasy utility in general, though at times when injuries hit the team's backfield, the 5-foot-9, 250-pounder is called upon to see added touches in the Carolina offense.
Tolbert gained 18 yards on five carries in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. He also fumbled twice, losing one. The eight-year veteran had a difficult time holding onto the ball against an opportunistic and hard-hitting Denver front seven, getting stripped at the Broncos 40-yard line in the second quarter by Darian Stewart after a game-long 11-yard run. Tolbert was also separated from the ball in the first quarter, but was able to recover. The Coastal Carolina product was once again used sparingly on offense in his fourth Panthers season, carrying the ball 62 times and securing 18 receptions. However, he served as valuable veteran insurance in Jonathan Stewart's first season as a feature back, and heads into free agency with the likelihood of filling a similar role on either the Panthers or another club in 2016.
Tolbert (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos. The Panthers' rushing attack is powered by Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton, but Tolbert still got in on the act on a weekly basis, averaging five touches per game in the regular season. Among those looks were 17 carries and seven targets in the red zone, which is a weapon that may be utilized in the most important outing of the campaign.
Tolbert (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Tolbert spent the week immediately after the NFC championship game in the trainer's room rather than the practice field, but full practices dominated this week, paving the way for active status Sunday. Nonetheless, he'll likely be contained to short-yardage situations behind Jonathan Stewart.
Tolbert (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Tolbert took the week off following the NFC championship game to rest a knee injury, whose extent wasn't severe enough to impact his practice reps to start this week of prep. As long as he sustains his activity level, he'll be available as a short-yardage and goal-line option for the Panthers' varied rushing attack.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|5||10/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|6||10/16||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|9||11/06||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|10||11/13||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|11||11/18||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|14||12/11||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|