Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Friday he anticipates 6-10 touches for Jonathan Stewart in his 2013 debut versus Atlanta.
Stewart will be formally activated from the PUP list on Saturday. Rivera confirmed DeAngelo Williams will remain Carolina's "starter," but the backfield will be a heavy rotation moving forward. "(DeAngelo) gets four, five, six carries in eight plays, Jonathan goes in and he gets a couple of carries, some pass stuff," Rivera predicted. "He comes out, Michael Tolbert goes in and does his thing and then bam, we go back to 21 personnel (two running backs, one tight end) and you’ve got DeAngelo and Tolbert in there for a few more. Somewhere along the line we bring in Kenjon (Barner) and he gets a couple snaps."