The Bears are counting on Stewart to spark an offense that finished 24th in the NFL. One of the biggest problems in last year's unit was the instability at quarterback. Jim Miller gave it all he could, but various injuries kept him from being effective. Chris Chandler also missed time due to injury.
If Stewart is one thing, he's durable. In eight seasons Stewart has never missed a game due to injury and that's surprising considering his running style. At this point offensive coordinator John Shoop is tweaking the offense to utilize Stewart's ability to run with the ball.
"I wouldn't say that the offence is being completely redesigned to fit my skills, but my moves are different form Jim Miller's and that will be taken into account," Stewart said. "I can run, I can move around a little bit, so there will be some things in our plays that will take advantage of that. I think that you'll see the offense open up a bit."
Since joining the team, Stewart has concentrated on building a relationship with his teammates and particularly the receiving core.
"It isn't just a matter of timing, it's on me to throw the ball to the right spot every time. That's the key," Stewart said. "The offense has been having conversations as a group with coach Shoop. We're all getting time for our input. It's been good. Our communication is improving day by day and I think that things are going to work out fine.
"The thing about pre season is that is the time to get everything out in the open, to get all of the kinks out of your team."
Stewart's coach agrees.
"He's done an outstanding job in the off season program," said head coach Dick Jauron of Stewart. "He understands our offense and he has a grasp of what we're trying to do. Like everybody else, he's got to play on a day to day basis with our team and just keep improving."