Capable of making an impact in all phases of the offensive game, as well as a return man on special teams, Christian McCaffrey was widely considered to be the ultimate weapon heading into this year’s draft.
It hasn’t taken very long for the star rookie to back that up in training camp.
Particularly impressed by his fellow running back’s ability in the passing game, Carolina Panthers veteran Jonathan Stewart explained Sunday that opposing defenses are going to have difficulty matching up.
“He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield and running routes,” Stewart said, according to David Newton of ESPN. “I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1. He’s a special player.”
McCaffrey’s every-down skill set could very well prove to be the perfect fit for the modern NFL. While the tightly contested pre-draft debate between he and Leonard Fournette likely came down to a matter of preferred playing style, even the Panthers’ leader seems to have seen the potential.
A recent feature from Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated revealed that Cam Newton, encouraged by the new dynamics the Stanford product could bring to the Panthers offense, campaigned the organization to pick McCaffrey over Fournette.
As things turned out, with Fournette going No. 4 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Panthers didn’t have all that tough of a decision at No. 8.
Early as it may still be, all indications are that McCaffrey is looking the part of an early first-round pick. Carolina will be hoping that his addition can help the unit to bounce back from a frustrating 2016 season and regain the top-ranked scoring form from the year prior.
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