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Stewart ranked 86th in NFL Top 100

A first-timer in the "Top 100" is the first Panther to crack this year's list.

Running back Jonathan Stewart ranked as the NFL's 86th-best player in the "Top 100 Players of 2016" on NFL Network. Each Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT, the show unveils 10 of the top 100 based on NFL players' votes.

Despite missing the final three games of the regular season to heal a foot injury, Stewart had the second-highest rushing total of his eight-year career with 989 yards on the ground. He was a catalyst for the league's highest scoring offense in his first season as the undisputed starter since the Panthers picked him 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Stewart might not have missed as much time if the Panthers had needed him, but with playoff positioning secured, they rested him. Stewart responded when he returned for the playoffs, setting the tone right away with a 59-yard gallop on Carolina's first snap in an NFC Division Playoff victory over Seattle. Stewart totaled 218 rushing yards in three postseason games and scored Carolina's lone touchdown in Super Bowl 50.

View photos of Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart during his football career.

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