Bonnafon rushed five times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Jaguars.
Bonnafon had played just five offensive snaps prior to Sunday, but with superstar Christian McCaffrey dealing with cramps late, the sparingly used second-stringer was suddenly forced into action. To his credit, Bonnafon almost immediately made a substantial impact, ripping off a 59-yard touchdown with under four minutes remaining to extend Carolina's lead. As long as McCaffrey -- who totaled 237 yards and three touchdowns in another incredible performance -- is fit, Bonnafon's fantasy stock should remain rather restricted, but he at least put his best foot forward when called upon at a critical period Sunday.
Bonnafon rushed twice for five yards in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Cardinals.
Bonnafon played five offensive snaps, with his two carries coming in garbage time after Carolina's victory was already sealed. Prior to then, star tailback Christian McCaffrey played 92 percent of the snaps, keeping his backups, like Bonnafon, glued to the sideline.
Bonnafon didn't feature on any offensive snaps in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Rams.
Bonnafon exclusively saw the field on seven special-teams snaps, with star Christian McCaffrey handling all 67 offensive plays. On the bright side for Bonnafon, fellow backup tailback Jordan Scarlett didn't get in on offense either, so he wasn't alone with his goose egg Sunday.
Bonnafon secured a roster spot with the Panthers ahead of Week 1, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
Bonnafon spent time on Carolina's practice squad last year, but after impressing during the exhibition slate, he supplanted veteran Cameron Artis-Payne for a spot on the 53-man roster this year. As it stands, he and rookie fifth-rounder Jordan Scarlett are slated to serve behind star tailback Christian McCaffrey. While that's not necessarily an attractive role in fantasy terms, it certainly marks an achievement for Bonnafon, who would gain value should an injury occur ahead of him.
Bonnafon rushed twice for seven yards and caught three of his four targets for 46 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason win over the Steelers.
Bonnafon has certainly given the Panthers something to think about ahead of their regular-season roster cutdown. The 23-year-old averaged 4.6 yards per rush and went for at least 30 receiving yards in all four of his exhibition outings. Although veteran Cameron Artis-Payne and rookie fifth-rounder Jordan Scarlett are the most likely to serve behind star Christian McCaffrey this season, Bonnafon's efforts might see him squeeze onto the team, or perhaps garner interest elsewhere if not.
Bonnafon rushed twice for six yards and caught both his targets for 31 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason loss to the Patriots.
Bonnafon is looking increasingly close to making the Panthers' regular season roster, as his 17 offensive snaps dwarfed fellow tailbacks Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Holyfield's combined one play on offense. As it stands, Jordan Scarlett appears likely to back up star Christian McCaffrey, but Bonnafon could ultimately be the third option depending on how next week's exhibition finale against the Steelers shakes out.
Bonnafon rushed four times for 23 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards in Thursday night's 23-13 preseason win over the Bears.
Bonnafon ripped off a long rush of 17 yards and also showed nice utility in the passing game. While Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood featured ahead of him, and there's also Jordan Scarlett to factor in in the competition to be Christian McCaffrey's backup, Bonnafon acquitted himself well Thursday.
Bonnafon signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday.
Bonnafon went undrafted out of Louisville last April and spent his first professional season on the Panthers' practice squad.
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