With Jonathan Stewart back in the mix at running back, one school of thought would be that the Panthers have to figure out a way to distribute the carries among the position group accordingly.
DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert have put in some good games of late and Cam Newton has run the ball well at the quarterback position.
So how does Stewart fit into the equation? Well, he might, he might not.
“One thing we can’t worry about is making sure everybody gets enough touches,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “What has to happen is when these guys get their opportunities they have to be quality touches. We can’t force things. What we’ve got to do is [offensive coordinator] Mike [Shula] has to continue to call his game the way he wants to call it, and at the end of the day when you get your opportunity, make the best of it.”
A year ago, Stewart ran for 336 yards and a touchdown. After eight weeks, Williams has run for 477 yards and a score.
It will be hard for the Panthers to vary from what's been working.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.