Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Giants to lure ex-Panthers RB Stewart to NY

Giants to lure ex-Panthers RB Stewart to NY

Stewart averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry (680 yards on 198 carries) during the 2017 season, and his total yards were his fewest since 2013, when he was limited by injuries.

A first-round pick out of OR in 2008, Stewart has made one Pro Bowl (2015) and has 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns for his career.

Stewart is the Panthers' career rushing leader with 7,318 yards and 1,699 carries. He became Carolina's all-time leading rusher in 2017 after surpassing DeAngelo William's previous record in October.

In New York, Stewart will rejoin his former offensive coordinator with the Panthers, Mike Shula, who was just hired as the Giants' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He finished with just eight catches (one for a touchdown) and 52 receiving yards. Four weeks later, he rushed for 103 yards, including a season-long 60-yard touchdown, in a victory against eventual NFC finalist Minnesota.

The New York Giants missed out on their ideal ex-Carolina Panther in this week's free agent frenzy. The running back scored Carolina's only touchdown in their 24-10 loss to Denver, a game that prevented Stewart from appearing in his first Pro Bowl.

Stewart will likely compete with Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins for the Giants' starting job during training camp and the preseason. Rebuilding teams shouldn't be signing 30-year-old running backs. The Giants also own the No. 2 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft and have been rumored to be interested in Penn State running back and top prospect Saquon Barkley.

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