Dec 23, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) sits on the bench during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers will use Mike Tolbert in more offensive packages


Both in 2011 and 2012, the San Diego Chargers gave running back/fullback Mike Tolbert a lofty amount of touches for a guy his size.

It paid off however as Tolbert, who had over 303 rushes in those two seasons combined rushed for 19 touchdowns on a four yard per average carry.

However, once Tolbert left the Chargers in free agency and signed with the Carolina Panthers, his role diminished as did his numbers as the former Coastal Carolina product was used more as a blocker than a rusher. It’s something that is likely to change this season, according to teammate Steve Smith who suggested the Panthers will give Tolbert more of a role on offense:

“At times, we got cute,” Smith said. “We did things that weren’t necessarily us, like the underutilizing of [running back] Mike Tolbert. But we’re out of that. The past is the past.”

Given the new offensive coordinator who wants to implement Tolbert more along with the questionable running back situation, it’s very likely Tolbert will see around ten touches per game, in addition to the vast majority of any goal line carries.

If he’s on your waiver wire in fantasy in a 12 team league, you may want to think about picking him up.

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  • ahrcshaw

    Smitty is right, Chud’s play calling, use of players, lack of adapting “in” game changes, and use of Cam stymid the Panther offense in 2012. It is one thing to modle your offense around a QB to utilize his talents and another to not adapt to what the opposition is doing regardless of this talent.

  • ahrcshaw

    We need Talbert to do his thing, just like we need Smitty, D Williams, Ginn, LaFell, Hickson, Olsen, Gross, Kyle or any other player. The proper use of talent and deception if possible is a major factor in football this day and age, it is no longer the 3yrds, clear the dust and run it again consept.