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For all the money the Carolina Panthers just paid DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart might be the better running back.
Neither back has had a great rushing start to the year, but Stewart can at least say he is involved in the passing game. Stewart had eight receptions for 100 yards against Green Bay and is the third leading receiver on the team.
Stewart is also the second leading rusher behind Cam Newton. This isn't the production that you would expect out of Stewart, but he is heading in the right direction. Against Jacksonville and its stout run defense, Stewart averaged 5.9 yards per carry.
Compare that to Williams, who has saw his yards per carry hover at 2.3 yards per carry and not deviate all that much from game to game. Consider last week, Stewart almost averaged per carry what Williams is boasting as his longest carry of the season, eight yards.
If the running game is going to gain any traction, it seems Stewart is going to be the one leading the team into the playoffs.