J. Stewart expected to sign with Giants

Jonathan Stewart is reportedly heading to Big Blue

The New York Giants intend to sign former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, ESPN reports. He turns 31 in a few weeks and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry over the last two seasons, although he has found the end zone 16 times during that span. 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. He became Carolina's all-time leading rusher in 2017 after surpassing DeAngelo William's previous record in October.

"I am very pleased that we were able to make Jonathan a New York Football Giant", general manager Dave Gettleman, who previously had the same job with Carolina, said in a statement. He finished the season with 680 rushing yards on 198 carries (3.4 #Yards Per Carry).

NY owns the second pick in the upcoming draft, and there is belief that the Giants are seriously considering picking former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the pick, should the Browns pass on him with the top selection. His best game of the season came in a week 14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Giants were 26th in rushing yards and tied for 28th in rushing touchdowns in 2017, so Stewart fills a need at running back to some extent.

Vintage Stewart showed up that week as he rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 46 yards. The Giants also own the No. 2 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft and have been rumored to be interested in Penn State running back and top prospect Saquon Barkley.



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