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Look at Jonathan Stewart's stat line alone, and there is only one figure that really jumps out.
Stewart ran for just 761 yards last season and scored four touchdowns. But he averaged 5.4 yards per carry—good enough for third in the NFC last year among running backs.
Stewart's 142 carries last season was the lowest output of his career, but that can be expected with three ball carriers with over 700 yards each.
The duo of DeAngelo Williams and Stewart can be listed among the best running back combinations in the NFL. Add in the feet of quarterback Cam Newton and the new addition of fullback Mike Tolbert, and the backfield in Carolina can wreak havoc.
If Tolbert comes in and works solely as a blocking back who catches passes out of the backfield, Stewart's numbers can get even better in 2012. But, if Tolbert starts carrying the ball with regularity, it'll likely be Stewart who loses out on touches.
The 2012 Bleacher Report Top 25 Players in the NFC South List
13. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
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