Artis-Payne finished with 18 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in 13 games played this season.
Artis-Payne, a fifth-round pick in 2015, played just 10 games over his first couple seasons, so this year was his first as a regular member of Carolina's 53-man roster. Despite reaching that status, however, he was handed half as many carries this year as his previous low mark for a season. While his career average of 4.3 yards per rush isn't too shabby, Artis-Payne just hasn't been able to crack the Panthers' backfield rotation. He'll aim to finally do so in 2018, the final year of his rookie contract.
Artis-Payne rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in Monday's 45-21 win over Miami.
Artis-Payne zig-zagged for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter, putting Carolina up by three scores for his first score in over a year. Artis-Payne's seven carries were a season high and the bulk of his production came on one 43-yard gain. Given the beating Carolina put on Miami and the possible desire to conserve the rushing abilities of John Stewart, Cam Newton and others, it is hard to predict whether Monday's performance will lead to similar performances down the line. At this point, it's probably worth waiting for an encore before taking Artis-Payne too seriously.
Artis-Payne rushed four times for eight yards and caught his lone target for two yards in Sunday's 17-3 win over the Buccaneers.
Artis-Payne had been featured for just one offensive snap this season prior to Sunday, when his strong week of practice was rewarded with an expanded workload. Although his production was still heavily restricted, Artis-Payne will be pleased by getting in on the action.
Artis-Payne has logged just one offensive snap in four games this season, and he didn't benefit from Fozzy Whittaker's (ankle) absence in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Bears. While it would be unwise to expect much this weekend, Artis-Payne eventually could start to push for some of Jonathan Stewart's workload, considering the 30-year-old is averaging only 3.0 yards per carry.
Artis-Payne is listed as active Sunday in New England, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Artis-Payne will be available on game day for the first time this season. With all four running backs on the 53-man roster active, though, it remains to be seen exactly how he'll be utilized. More than likely, Artis-Payne is slated for special-teams duty.
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