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Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: Takes back seat to Cameron Artis-Payne
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Whittaker rushed five times for 22 yards, and added five catches for 34 more on six targets in Sunday's 22-10 loss to Minnesota.

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.

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Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: Not starting in Stewart's absence Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Whittaker and teammate Cameron Artis-Payne are likely to be handed a fairly equal amount of carries Sunday against the Vikings, but Artis-Payne will start at running back in Jonathan Stewart's (hamstring) absence, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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 Panthers' backfield is fully healthy, but in absence of Stewart this Sunday, Artis-Payne's more natural fit will result in him starting. Nonetheless, Whittaker is planned to get a pretty equivalent amount of carries, potentially opening the door for the Panthers to roll with the hot hand if either back gets going. While Whittaker's performance last week helps him in that regard, it's worth noting that Artis-Payne saw the bulk of the work in Stewart's three-game absence to end last season. Furthermore, with fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton also plenty capable rushers, Whittaker's situation is murkier than it maybe seemed after last weekend, and the Vikings' strong defense could certainly complicate matters Sunday.

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Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: May have competition from Cameron Artis-Payne
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whittaker may have competition for touches from Cameron Artis-Payne during Jonathan Stewart's (hamstring) multi-game absence, Connor Keith of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

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Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: To start in Stewart's absence
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Whittaker will start at running back while teammate Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is sidelined this Sunday against the Vikings, The Associated Press reports.

Whittaker became the Panthers' lead tailback after Stewart was forced into an early exit Sunday against the 49ers and finished with 100 rushing yards on 16 carries and three catches for 31 receiving yards. Although he also lost a fumble, Sunday's mostly-impressive relief appearance will allow the 27-year-old to make his fifth career start this Sunday against the Vikings. Usually just a change-of-pace option, Whittaker sports a career average of 4.3 yards per carry, but has only totaled five touchdowns through 41 games played and has never finished a season with more than 32 rushing attempts. While his 19 already this term make him likely to surpass that mark, especially with Stewart potentially slated to miss at least a couple weeks, the Panthers are also expected to incorporate second-year pro Cameron Artis-Payne in their running game starting Sunday, when fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton should also see a fair share of carries against an imposing Vikings defense.

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Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: Assumes backup duty in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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