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|Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:28 am Post subject: Cameron Artis-Payne faces uphill battle
|Cameron Artis-Payne is on the roster bubble entering his third year with the Carolina Panthers…
The Carolina Panthers drafted Cameron Artis-Payne in http://www.officialpiratessale.com/gerrit-cole-jersey-c-1_8.html the fifth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Since he has played in only 10 games for Carolina, starting three last season when veteran Jonathan Stewart was injured.
In those three games Artis-Payne rushed for 144-yards and two touchdowns, averaging four yards per carry. It would be the only game action he would see in what turned out to be a disappointing year all around for the franchise.
Entering last season Carolina carried four running backs on their 53-man roster: Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker, Mike Tolbert and Artis-Payne. Whittaker appeared in all 16 games due in large part to his return capabilities and an alternate running style from Stewart.
During the offseason Tolbert joined the Buffalo Bills and as a fullback will be replaced by either Alex Armah or Darrel Young. The Panthers also drafted running back Christian McCaffrey with their first pick of the draft.
Barring injury, McCaffrey is guaranteed a position along with Stewart and Whittaker. These three, in addition to the fullback, make up the four http://www.officialredsprostore.com/adam-duvall-jersey-c-1_13.html running backs Carolina elected to keep on the 53-man roster entering the regular season last year.
However, in 2015 the Panthers carried five running backs and will need to again if Artis-Payne is included. Given Stewart’s injury history, he needs to be even with the addition of McCaffrey.
The rookie was drafted as a change of pace back and slot receiving option, not to replace Stewart. McCaffrey’s running style is more similar to Whittaker’s except with youth, more versatility and better elusiveness.
This begs to question, who replaces Stewart’s power running game if he goes down?
McCaffrey has already displayed an effectiveness to run between the tackles but with other roles better suited for his skill set, someone needs to occupy the power back position. Enter Artis-Payne.
Through two preseason games he has carried the ball 11 times for 92-yards and a touchdown. Game three against Jacksonville will be equally as Drew Storen Authentic Jersey important for Artis-Payne as he continues to fight for a position.
Ultimately, coach Rivera and interim general manger Marty Hurney will have to decide how many running backs to keep, which will in turn, effect another position.