Counting Newton as a running back and assuming he could carry the ball and take some of Williams carries is just ridiculous. Tolbert never ran the ball more than 11 times in a game for us and most were in the red zone. So to assume that Stewart could pick up the load ignores the fact he has never really handled the load. Even when Williams was on IR in 2010, he had only 2 games with more than 20 carries. And that was with Fox running all day with no quarterback. In fact those 2 games were the only 2 games of 20 or more carries all year. And that year we had a good OL.
In fact he has only had 5 games of more than 20 yards inn his 5 year career. Three in 2009 and 2 in 2010. None in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
I am counting him as part of the rushing attack.
Considering he has accounted for 32% of our rushing yardage and 46% of our rushing TDs under Rivera.....yeah, he is a factor. yes, it should be assumed Newton will account for about 25% of our rush attempts next year (which would be down for him).
Mike Tolbert rushed the ball 303 times his two years prior to coming here. Which was more than Williams and only 17 less than Stewart in the same window. So yes, Tolbert has proven he can carry a much larger workload than he had last year in Carolina.
And again, no one would carry the load.....they all are parts of the rush attack. Adrian Peterson carries the load.....On a Cam, Tolbert, Stewart, Cheap RB team that Chud calls....no one has to be able to carry the load. There aren't that many carries to go around...I think those runners can handle 8 carries a game, per person.....and all hold up pretty well. If one goes down....they can all take 1-2 more carries for a week.