Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Giants sign Jonathan Stewart

Giants sign Jonathan Stewart

On Tuesday, a bit more clarity arrived when Gettleman made a decision to sign 30-year-old running back Jonathan Stewart, who will turn 31 later this month. Last season was arguably the worst of his career, as he averaged a career-worst 3.4 yards per rush and collected only 680 yards on the ground. His 51 rushing touchdowns rank second in team history to quarterback Cam Newton's 54, and his 58 total scores are second to wide receiver Steve Smith's 75.

After spending his entire career with the Carolina Panthers, Stewart will now look for a fresh start in New Jersey and be part of a Giants offense under new head coach Pat Shurmur. He became Carolina's all-time leading rusher in 2017 after surpassing DeAngelo William's previous record in October.

In Charlotte, Stewart worked with Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and offensive coordinator Mike Shula. None of their backs a season ago - Orleans Darkwa, Wayne Gallman, Shane Vereen, and Paul Perkins - did anything overly impressive, and two of them (Darkwa and Vereen) are free agents. He was also impressive in 2009, which was his only season with more than 1,000 rushing yards as he posted 1,133 and 10 touchdown runs.

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The signing shouldn't sway your opinion on the potential for the Giants to snag Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick.

The Panthers cut Stewart on February 28. Unlike Stewart, he was a threat in the passing game with 34 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown. In 2011, he set Panthers records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) in a season by a running back.

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