Ron Rivera emphasized after the Thursday night loss to New Orleans that
Both carried eight times with Stewart earning 40 yards to 20 for Williams, who added a 30-yard gain on a screen pass. Rivera was unhappy with that distribution.
"It's good to have them back there," Rivera told the team website. "We are going to have to continue to find more and more chances to use them, more and more situations where we have to put the ball in their hands. They showed today that they deserve to have the ball in their hands more, and we are going to have to work on that. We have to ... take some pressure off the quarterback."
Quarterback Cam Newton did not respond well to pressure against New Orleans, completing just 10 of 28 passes.
Stewart picked up 46 yards on eight carries. He received the same number of carries as DeAngelo Williams, but outperformed him on the ground by 26 yards. Stewart, however, was not targeted in the passing game.
He'll look for more Week 10 against the Eagles.
He'll split the workload with
Williams might be eased back into action, but he will almost certainly cut into Stewart's playing time anyways. Stewart hasn't exactly blown us away anyways, so any hope for him to be a viable Fantasy option rested on his getting a lot of work. Even against a middle-of-the-pack Saints rush defense, neither player makes much sense as anything more than a desperate play for Week 9.
Stewart ran for a season-high 79 yards on 16 carries, and averaged 4.9 yards per carry as result. He added three receptions for 15 yards, in what was by far his best performance of the season. And, the better news for Fantasy owners is, he was the only running back on the team to even touch the ball more than once, a good indication of what his role is on this team.
Until DeAngelo Williams can return from his ankle injury, Williams is the unquestioned No. 1 option in the team's running game. Though he is no longer the dynamic playmaker he was in his younger days, running backs with no competition for their role are hard to find in today's NFL. If he keeps getting 15-plus touches, Stewart probably belongs in most Fantasy lineups as a low-end running back or flex option. v
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