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July 18, 2011

Stewart wants Williams to stay in Charlotte

Caught up with Panthers tailback Jonathan Stewart today at Fred Whitfield's Achievements Unlimited Basketball School at Ardrey Kell High School.

Stewart is optimistic the lockout will end this week. Whenever it does, Stewart is hopeful he will still have DeAngelo Williams with him in the Panthers' backfield.

Once they get this deal done I'm pretty sure the organization would like to keep the duo going,” Stewart said. “I mean, if it's not broke, why fix it?”

Stewart and Williams became the first tailback tandem to rush for 1,100 yards each in the same season in 2009. Williams, 28, who missed the second half of last season with a foot injury, is considered the best tailback on the free agent market.

Stewart talks to Williams often, but says the two do not discuss football.

But Stewart was clear when asked if he wanted to keep the duo intact:

Oh yeah.”

More on Stewart in Tuesday's editions of the Observer.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 18, 2011 at 05:44 PM | Permalink


I have posted this before, but here it goes again for those that missed it.

At the last home game Williams jerseys were in the clearance rack out in front of the team store, next to Peppers and Delhome jerseys. I have been going to a lot of the end of season home games since the start and have never seen this before for an active player. It's not 100% proof, but why else would they do that? There were no Stewart jerseys out there.

End of season games are usually the easiest ticket, either they are way out of the race or locked in and the cold weather keeps away the fair weather fans making tickets easy to obtain.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jul 19, 2011 7:58:11 AM

I get your point about the jerseys but what do the end of season tix have to do with that point?

Posted by: manu4t | Jul 19, 2011 9:45:52 AM

I get your point about the jerseys but what do the end of season tix have to do with that point?

Posted by: manu4t | Jul 19, 2011 9:45:52 AM

it's been proven over the years that MOST running backs, especially small backs, don't last much longer than 3 or 4 solid seasons. i think the panthers are anti spending money on running back in this situation. especially when there IS a clear replacement on the roster. I think if you keep williams, you get more out of both he and stewart for a longer amount of time by splitting duties and allowing guys to recover from injuries instead of rushing back to the lineup because they are overly dependent on one guy.

but i can see both sides clearly. depends on how much williams commands. there are teams that will throw a lot of money his way. and running backs just aren't worth a lot of money. not long term. we'd be better off spending the money on the line and letting them make somebody look better than they actually are.

and otah damn sure better be healthy by now. if he doesn't play 14 or 15 games atleast this year.....he never will.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 19, 2011 10:27:29 AM

Triple Double--DWill, JStew, MGood...keep all of them. Carolina Panthers will have one of the best explosive offense's in the NFL. Other than a team like the Chiefs or the champs. Added with Steve and Gettis and LaFall and Shockey along with a surprise Edwards. This will be a team to wrecken with. Expecially with the experience these guys have gained from last year carrying over this year when ever it starts. Oh did I forget to mention Newton. Dang gummit. Proud to be a Carolina Panthers Fan. GO PANTHERS. NFC SOUTH CHAMPS!!! Super Bowl Wins here we come!!!

Posted by: PanthersFanD | Jul 20, 2011 5:33:04 PM

Hah I hope your being sarcastic. Panthers are further away from a super bowl than the Bobcats are a NBA championship

Posted by: Scott | Jul 26, 2011 12:29:13 PM

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