DeAngelo Williams in line to open the season as Carolina's clear-cut No. 1 running back, and with rookie Tyler Gaffney (knee) now out for the season 2013 sixth-round pick Kenjon Barner looks likely to get an extended look during the preseason. Fozzy Whittaker, who was signed on Sunday, may also get a chance to make a case for a spot on the 53-man roster with a lot of preseason playing time.
Stewart may be the most talented running back the Panthers have, as evidenced by a yards per-carry average of 4.8 over his first four seasons (2008-2011) along with two seasons with 10 rushing touchdowns in that span (2008 and 2009). But with injuries continuing to mount over the last few seasons, Stewart's time to re-assert himself as a significant contributor is dwindling quickly at age 27.
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