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Rivera: Cautious Optimism for J. Stew


J. Stewart will continue to practice and be graded on his progression after recovering from injury. This is the first week that Stewart will be able to practice. Determining when Stewart is ready to play will be up to his reactions after workouts. Rivera: “We have to see how he reacts to the last couple of big workouts that we put him thru.”

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Fans are aware of the potential that Stewart brings for the team. He offers a different style of run to the running game. He’s a big, powerful, physical back that is hard to bring down. Stewart will help to lighten the load carried by D. Williams, who is having a great season thus far. Many fans know that a healthy Stew can be beneficial to the running game.

However, one of the best and immediate contributions that Stewart can offer, if healthy, and is often overlooked, is Stewart’s blocking ability. Stewart can help strengthen the blocking for Newton and others.

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Shula’s playcalling has surprised a lot of fans and critics, especially after a good showing against the Vikings. Shula can add a few more plays to the playbook with Stewart’s upcoming return.

Rivera is wise not to rush Stewart’s return. Staff will take a look this week at Stewart’s progression and determine what his next step will be.


Written by: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce

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