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Giants Expected to Sign RB Jonathan Stewart

After a quiet Tuesday, the New York Giants have made their move. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Giants are signing former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart.

Stewart is reunited with former general manager Dave Gettleman, as well as offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who was hired by Giants head coach Pat Shurmur to the same position.

Down Year in 2017

Stewart was cut by the Panthers on February 28, signaling the transition to Christian McCaffrey as Carolina’s new starting running back.

The veteran running back, who turns 31-years-old on March 21, is coming off his worst statistical season in the NFL, as he rushed for an average of 3.4 yards per carry, a career low. Not only that, but his 680 rushing yards last season are the lowest he has produced in a full season in his entire career. His yardage in 2012 and 2013 were low due to injuries, limiting him to nine and six games, respectively.

What Stewart Brings to New York

Stewart joins a Giants team, as of this writing, that has a struggling offensive line, a downgrade from the Panthers o-line. He is not known as a pass catching back, as he only has 162 receptions for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns in 132 career games. Pat Shurmur is known for having his rushers catch passes out of the backfield, but it will remain to be seen how he can utilize Stewart.

Not to mention the Giants already have Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins competing for starting snaps. Let’s not forget about the upcoming NFL Draft, where New York is likely to select a running back. Whether it’s Saquon Barkley at No. 2, or another option in this years loaded running back class.

Starter or not, Stewart will be an option in the Giants running game entering the 2018 season.

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