Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart 'very limited' in OTAs; WR Steve Smith playing young
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Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart 'very limited' in OTAs; WR Steve Smith playing young

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said running back Jonathan Stewart @Jonathanstewar1 was "very limited" during organized team activities this week, doing only some stretching and working on a stationary bike. Stewart is more than four months removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. Ankle and feet ailments have been consistent problems for Stewart during his five-year career.
Elsewhere at Panthers camp, Rivera said top wideout Steve Smith looks like he is 25 years old and has been diving for passes during OTAs. Smith turned 34 years old last week.

Fantasy Analysis:

We keep waiting for Father Time to claim inevitable victory over Steve Smith, but the ultra-competitive Smith is still holding him off. He topped 1,100 yards in each of the past two years. He can produce like a WR2 in fantasy, but he should probably be drafted as more of a WR3. Smith is going to get "old" at some point soon.
People in the know expect DeAngelo Williams to be released prior to the season, which makes Stewart attractive, especially at a discounted rate because of his lengthy record of nagging foot injuries. He won't take anything close to a full load, but if he holds up, Stewart should be the leading rusher in a run-heavy offense.

Charlotte Observer

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