Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

Running Back #28
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 235 lb.
College:Oregon
Age:33
Born:March 21, 1987
Drafted:2008 / Rd. 1 (13)
Draft Team:CAR

Jonathan Stewart: Retires from football

Stewart (foot) is retiring from the NFL.

Analysis: Stewart is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Panthers after a lost 2018 campaign in New York. The 2008 first-round pick played 10 of his 11 pro seasons for Carolina, peaking at 1,133 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009. Stewart retires as the franchise leader in carries (1,699), rushing yards (7,318) and rushing touchdowns (51), finishing slightly ahead of longtime backfield mate DeAngelo Williams in each category.

April 23, 2019 8:21 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Hitting open market

The Giants let Wednesday's deadline pass without picking up the second-year option on Stewart's (foot) contract, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As expected, Stewart hits the open market approximately six weeks before his 32nd birthday. He's believed to have made a full recovery from the foot injury that landed him on injured reserve in 2018, but he'll have a hard time getting offers for much more than the veteran's minimum. It won't come as any surprise if Stewart decides to retire.

February 6, 2019 2:42 PM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Won't have option picked up

Stewart (foot) will become a free agent when the Giants decline to exercise the option for the second season of his two-year contract, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's a foregone conclusion the Giants won't exercise the option before the Feb. 4 deadline, instead moving forward with Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman in the backfield. The 31-year-old Stewart seems to have recovered from the foot injury that landed him on injured reserve in late September, but the Giants didn't see any reason to bring him back to the active roster. He'll likely need to battle for a depth job if he intends to continue his career.

January 25, 2019 9:42 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Won't return this season

Stewart (foot) isn't practicing Wednesday and will revert to injured reserve, ending his season, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Back on Nov. 15, the Giants designated Stewart as one of two players eligible to return from IR this season, giving the team 21 days to evaluate him for reinstatement to the roster. Though Stewart is back to full strength after being shut down with the foot injury earlier this season, the Giants simply didn't have a need for him with Wayne Gallman proving to be an effective complement to three-down workhorse Saquon Barkley while also offering more value than Stewart on special teams. Stewart is under contract with the Giants through the 2019 season, though it doesn't appear especially likely that the club will retain the 31-year-old.

December 6, 2018 8:39 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Won't return this season

Stewart (foot) isn't practicing Wednesday and will revert to injured reserve, ending his season, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Back on Nov. 15, the Giants designated Stewart as one of two players eligible to return from IR this season, giving the team 21 days to evaluate him for reinstatement to the roster. Though Stewart is back to full strength after being shut down with the foot injury earlier this season, the Giants simply didn't have a need for him with Wayne Gallman proving to be an effective complement to three-down workhorse Saquon Barkley while also offering more value than Stewart on special teams. Stewart is under contract with the Giants through the 2019 season, though it doesn't appear especially likely that the club will retain the 31-year-old.

December 6, 2018 8:39 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Healthy enough to play

Coach Pat Shurmur said Stewart (foot) is healthy enough to play, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Giants designated Stewart as one of their two players eligible to return from injured reserve, bringing him back to practice Nov. 15. The team may ultimately decide to leave him on IR for the rest of the season, given that Wayne Gallman has proven to be a competent backup for Saquon Barkley. A final decision needs to be made by next Thursday (Dec. 6).

November 28, 2018 10:22 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Designated for return from IR

Stewart (foot) returned to practice Thursday, opening a 21-day window for the Giants to evaluate him for a return to the 53-man roster.

Analysis: The Giants placed Stewart on IR back on Sept. 28 after he failed to demonstrate much progress from a lingering foot injury. Shortly after the Giants dropped the veteran running back from the roster, coach Pat Shurmur clarified that Stewart would require about eight weeks to recover from the injury. Assuming that timeline is still accurate, Stewart would be eligible to return from IR as soon as the Giants' Nov. 25 contest against the Eagles. If activated, Stewart would likely handle only a limited role behind rookie Saquon Barkley, who has proven highly capable of handling a three-down workload out of the backfield.

November 15, 2018 10:16 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Dealing with eight-week timeline

Stewart (foot) is expected to face an eight-week recovery period, with head coach Pat Shurmur stating that there is 'potential to bring him back' from injured reserve, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Whether or not Stewart is activated from injured reserve likely depends on what other injuries the Giants face this season, as they are only permitted to bring back two players from the list after an eight-week inactive period. With Stewart out, Wayne Gallman is firmly entrenched as Saquon Barkley's backup at running back

October 1, 2018 9:50 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Placed on IR

The Giants placed Stewart (foot) on injured reserve Friday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The nature of Stewart's foot injury is unknown, but it's serious enough that a lengthy recovery effort is expected. If this is the last down he plays in 2018, he'll finish the campaign with six carries for 17 yards. Moving forward, look for any RB touches not allotted to Saquon Barkley to go to Wayne Gallman.

September 28, 2018 2:57 PM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Won't play against Saints

Stewart (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't have much impact on the Giants' game plan, considering Stewart had just six carries on 17 snaps after three games. Wayne Gallman could get a few more touches than usual behind workhorse Saquon Barkley.

September 28, 2018 9:54 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Sits out practice Wednesday

Stewart missed Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury.

Analysis: Stewart played just two offensive snaps in Week 3's win over the Texans, rushing twice for eight yards. A bulk of the snaps have gone to rookie Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman, so Stewart's absence won't influence the fantasy realm.

September 26, 2018 12:42 PM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Remains No. 3 running back

Stewart carried the ball two times for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Texans.

Analysis: That makes two straight weeks with just two carries for Stewart, and it looks like he is the clear No. 3 in the Giants' backfield pecking order, as Wayne Gallman carried the ball six times Sunday. Injuries will be the only way Stewart becomes a legitimate fantasy option this season.

September 24, 2018 1:35 PM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Two carries in Week 2

Stewart carried the ball twice for one yard in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Stewart appeared in just five offensive snaps, the same amount as fellow backup Wayne Gallman, for the Giants on Sunday night, and while he out-carried Gallman two to one, Gallman recorded one catch for 11 yards out of the backfield. Regardless, given the high usage of rookie star Saquon Barkley, there doesn't appear to be much of a role for either Stewart or Gallman in the backfield at this time.

September 17, 2018 11:51 AM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Starting season as No. 3 on depth chart

Stewart is listed as the No. 3 back heading into Week 1's matchup with the Jaguars, Paul Schwartz of The New York Post reports.

Analysis: Stewart failed to impress during the preseason, which was highlighted against the Jets in Week 3 as Stewart ran the ball three times for minus-seven yards and also lost a fumble. Pair Stewart's poor performance with the upside of Wayne Gallman as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and therein lies the decision to make the veteran Stewart the No. 3 option.

September 4, 2018 8:40 PM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Hurts his cause in preseason win

Stewart logged three carries for minus-seven yards and also lost a fumble in the Giants' 22-16 preseason win over the Jets on Friday.

Analysis: Speculation about Stewart losing a grip on the No. 2 running back job to Wayne Gallman had already been running rampant prior to Friday's game, and the veteran's poor performance may have sealed his fate. Stewart's fumble came at the Jets' eight-yard line one play after Cody Latimer had secured a 54-yard reception late in the first quarter. Gallman found tough sledding on the ground as well (11 carries, 23 yards), but he looked notably better than Stewart while doing so, didn't turn the ball over and also secured four receptions. Stewart is still highly likely to hold on to a roster spot, but his playing time to open the season may be scarcer than originally envisioned.

August 24, 2018 8:42 PM EST

Jonathan Stewart: Could slip to No. 3 on the depth chart

Stewart could be supplanted by Wayne Gallman as Saquon Barkley's primary backup, SNY reports.

Analysis: Gallman is a holdover from the prior regime, but he played decently behind a bad line last year, is only 23 and is impressing his new coaches in camp. Stewart has a two-year $6.9 million deal and played for GM Dave Gettleman in Carolina, but he's 31 and hasn't been efficient in several years.

August 23, 2018 1:04 PM EST

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