The Oakland Raiders have announced that running back Jeremy Stewart has signed his exclusive rights tender with the team. It will not come as a surprise because Stewart was unable to negotiate with other teams because of the exclusive rights designation. He will begin his third season with the silver and black in 2014.
Stewart, 25, has proven to be a valuable back-up option for the Raiders at running back and a special teams' standout. He showed his ability in 2012 with the Raiders hampered by injuries at running back. In four games played, Stewart rushed 25 times for 101 yards while catching eight passes for 62 yards. The undrafted free agent out of Stanford, saw a diminished role at running back in 2013, but contributed more on special teams. He only carried twice last season, but made four tackles on special teams. He scored his only career touchdown on a blocked punt recovery in the endzone against the Washington Redskins.
The 5'11", 215 pound Stewart will compete with running back Kory Sheets, who was signed from the Canadian Football League this offseason. Depending on injuries and who the Raiders add to the roster, both have a shot at the 53-man roster. Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, and second year man Latavius Murray are expected to see the bulk of the carries for Oakland, so Stewart and Sheets will have to find other ways to contribute. That will suit Stewart well because of his special team's skills. Stewart will also have competition because the Raiders are likely to carry two fullbacks in Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale.
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