Charlotte, N.C- After a devastating home loss to the Los Angeles Rams in week 3, it sounds like coach Mark Miller might try getting his veteran runner Jonathan Stewart more involved then he has in the past 3 games. Stewart has seen little playing time to start the season and with the continued struggles of one Christian Mccaffery to start the year , 36 carries for 158 yards 1 td to go along with 2 fumbles, and if you count his 8 fumbles in a season where he missed 4 games due to injury that brings his total up to 10 fumbles in 15 games.
“The fumbling has to stop, we’ve been extremely patient with him and it’s costing us games. Stewart has been very supportive of McCaffery every step of the way and when we call on him he’s ready , whether it’s blocking, running , or catching it for us, he just wants to help us win any way he can.” Said coach Miller.
Since being named starter last year McCaffery has struggled to find yards to go along with not being able to hold onto the ball when running in between the tackles and he seems to be losing support of his coaching staff in the first three games of the season.
It will be interesting to see how this develops, but don’t be surprised if Stewart was given an even split of first team reps this week and he might even earn the starting nod ahead of week 4’s match up versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It would certainly follow the team’s wait and see approach that COO Tina Becker spoke of earlier when discussing what they planned on doing to replace both starting safeties getting injured during a week 2 loss and expecting to miss at least 5 weeks of the season. A split time share might bring about good results and could help McCaffery cut down on his carries by keeping fresh throughout the entire game, you might see him working exclusively in third down situations and to spell Stewart when he gets tired.
Hopefully this is what the doctor ordered for the teams rushing struggles, because if Cam Newton keeps out rushing the way he has this season, this could turn into another disappointing season.
McCaffrey scores a 72 yard touchdown run against the New York Giants in week 2