Artis-Payne rushed for five yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 26-20 loss to Cleveland.
The carry was just Artis-Payne's second touch of the season. He's totaled just six yards. With C.J. Anderson now out of town, the fourth-year back has a chance to be more involved in the offense, but -- even as RB No. 2 -- he figures to get RB No.3-level carries given the running prowess of Cam Newton. That, along with a Monday matchup against a top-three run defense in the Saints, makes him a bad play this week.
Artis-Payne rushed once for one yard in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Lions.
Artis-Payne played only three offensive snaps in his first game as Christian McCaffrey's top backup. McCaffrey, on the other hand, was on the field for all 58 plays, evidencing just how little of a role Carolina's second-string tailback fills.
Artis-Payne will move up the depth chart, but considering McCaffrey has been on the field for over 95 percent of Carolina's offensive plays, his backup hasn't been used much this season. In fact, coming off his first 1,000-yard season, the veteran Anderson managed just 24 carries in nine games with the Panthers. While Artis-Payne, a fifth-round pick of Carolina in 2015, is more familiar with the team's personnel, it'd be surprising if the team suddenly decides to incorporate its second-stringer much more. Still, after being inactive for all but two games to this point in the campaign, Artis-Payne's stock should at least benefit from being available, and his career mark of 4.3 yards per carry suggests he could make the most of any spare touches.
Artis-Payne finished with seven rushes for 18 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 27-20 win over the Dolphins in the second preseason game.
Artis-Payne found the end zone on a five-yard rush to begin the fourth quarter. He started the Panthers' next drive before making way for Kenjon Barner. While him playing ahead of Barner suggests he entered Friday higher in the pecking order, Barner's final tally of 72 yards on five carries certainly made things interesting. Behind Christian McCaffrey and C.J. Anderson, it remains to be seen who'll be named Carolina's third tailback, so Artis-Payne and Barner's battle could be worth monitoring over the final two exhibition outings.
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