Giants to lure ex-Panthers RB Stewart to NY


"He's a terrific addition for us at this time". His usage may take a dip being that he's 30 years-old, but we can assume he will fill the role of Orleans Darkwa who will likely be walking in free agency.

The Giants were 26th in rushing yards and tied for 28th in rushing touchdowns in 2017, so Stewart fills a need at running back to some extent.

They are, however, welcoming in a former Charlotte-dweller, one that will reunite him with his former offensive coordinator, Mike Shula. He and DeAngelo Williams each broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier in 2009, and the Panthers haven't done it since - the longest active drought by a team in the National Football League, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In 2011, he set Panthers records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) in a season by a running back. At the very least, the Giants will utilize Stewart on first and second downs this season, but Wayne Gallman and potentially a 2018 draft pick will eat into his overall volume.

The 5-10, 240-pound Stewart was a 2015 Pro Bowler. He has also played in seven postseason games with six starts. But Stewart is an aging player who hasn't been productive in a few years.

Stewart, who turns 31 later this month, visited the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday and the Detroit Lions on Monday. He has a 5.9-yard per-carry average in three games vs. the Giants. Including past year though, Stewart averaged less than four yards per carry in three of the five seasons he was running with Shula as the offensive coordinator. He ran for 27 touchdowns.