Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has yet to be able to take part in OTA’s due to a sore left Achilles’ tendon, but the Panthers running back feels good that he’ll be ready to go when training camp starts for the 2008 NFC South Champs in July.
CarolinaGrowl.com reports that Stewart was able to run windsprints today, the last day of the Panthers workouts before training camp kicks off.
“Oh yeah, I’m going to be up and running when camp starts,” Stewart said. “Unfortunately I missed out on minicamp. But I’ll be ready. . . . The opportunity of learning stuff on the field, running plays and getting in tune with the feel of the game at this level, that’s something I’ve definitely missed out on. But it is what it is.”
Stewart is going to be key for the Panthers and their running attack in 2009. Last season he ran for 836 yards and 10 touchdowns last season as a rookie. Along with DeAngelo Williams, the pair was the best set of backs in the league. Williams gained a career-high 1,515 yards last season and scored 18 touchdowns.