New York Giants Jonathan Stewart
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Jonathan Stewart’s first season with the New York Giants has come to an abrupt end as the team put him on injured reserve on Friday.

Jason Leach

When the New York Giants signed free agent running back Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal in March, they were hoping the 31-year-old could be a short yardage back, as well as be a mentor to the younger players.

After Friday, Stewart can only be the latter as the Giants put him on injured reserve due to a foot injury. His spot on the roster was taken by wide receiver Jawill Davis from Bethune-Cookman who had been with the team throughout training camp.

Stewart was the first big name free agent that general manager Dave Gettleman signed. Many questioned the signing as Stewart was coming off a career-low 3.4 yards per carry in his final season with the Carolina Panthers.

Needless to say that even prior to Stewart being put on IR it was a signing that did not pay dividends on the field.

He struggled in the preseason running the ball 10 times for minus five yards and had a fumble in the Giants preseason game against the Jets. In the Giants first three games of the season, he carried the ball just six times for 17 yards.

Although Stewart is signed through the 2019 season, based on his production and age you would figure that he has played his last down for Big Blue.

Stewart must now turn his attention to being a mentor to rookie running back Saquon Barkley and second-year back Wayne Gallman.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.