Whittaker took a back seat to Cameron Artis-Payne (12 carries for 47 yards), disappointing the many owners who looked his way after a 100-yard performance following Jonathan Stewart's hamstring injury last week. With quarterback Cam Newton also around to vulture short touchdowns like he did from three yards out in this one, Whittaker is unlikely to make much of an impact in the remainder of Stewart's absence.
Whittaker took over once Stewart exited last Sunday's game against the 49ers, finishing with 131 all-purpose yards in his expanded role, but that came while Artis-Payne was inactive. Given Artis-Payne's similar skill set to Stewart, he's generally been seen as excess to requirements when the
When Stewart left Sunday's contest versus the 49ers, Whittaker served as the primary running back, notching 16 rushes for 100 yards and three catches (on four targets) for 31 yards. Meanwhile, with Artis-Payne on the inactive list, old reliable Mike Tolbert mustered 25 yards on his nine carries. Considering the usage afforded Whittaker, one can speculate that he'll be the main RB for at least the next two games, but the Panthers seem committed to involving Artis-Payne in the backfield mix. Keith went as far to call the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Artis-Payne the likely "feature back," which could very well come to pass in Week 3 against a staunch Vikings defense. However, something resembling an even split between Whittaker and Artis-Payne could be the prudent approach with the team's No. 1 running back already committed to rehabilitation rather than game prep.
Whittaker became the
Whittaker rushed three times for 13 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Thursday night's season-opening loss to the Broncos.
Whittaker served as the Panthers' No. 2 running back to open the season, as second-year pro Cameron Artis-Payne was a healthy scratch for Thursday's contest. While that's an encouraging sign of Whittaker's depth chart pegging, there weren't many opportunities for him to get involved Thursday, as starter Jonathan Stewart and quarterback Cam Newton combined for 26 of Carolina's 32 rushes. Whittaker was likely preferred to Artis-Payne for his ability in the passing game, but the latter's development drew good reviews over the summer, so it'll be interesting to see how the Panthers manage their backup tailbacks going forward.
|4||10/2/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/16||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/19/16||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||3||6||156||26.0||42||0||1|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2013||San Diego Chargers||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|