The Carolina Panthers got plenty of production from Stanford alum and rookie running back Christian McCaffrey last season.
A former Cardinal star, McCaffrey rushed for 435 yards and 2 touchdowns on 117 carries. He was far more dangerous in the pass game, tallying 80 catches for 651 yards and 5 touchdowns.
As McCaffrey transitions into his sophomore campaign in Charlotte, the Panthers will look to increase his role in the run game.
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) June 4, 2018
From the Associated Press:
While McCaffrey led the Panthers in receptions, he’ll be counted on to carry the ball more after the team parted ways with its all-time leading rusher Jonathan Stewart. Panthers two-time NFL coach of the year Ron Rivera believes McCaffrey is up to the task, saying he can be a running back who carries the ball 200 times this season.
“Yeah, why not?” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of the prospect of a 200-carry season. “Everybody forgets that when he was (at Stanford) he carried the ball between the tackles more than anybody and touched the ball more than anybody. I don’t see why not.”
While the Panthers did part ways with Stewart, McCaffrey will have depth behind him in the backfield as Carolina did sign C.J. Anderson.