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Christian McCaffrey | Running Back | #22

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 6/7/1996
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (8) / CAR
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Christian McCaffrey rushed eight times for 37 yards and caught 14-of-15 targets for 102 yards in the Panthers' 31-24, Week 2 loss to the Falcons.
McCaffrey clearly did very little as a rusher and was unable to convert his one inside-the-10-yard-line carry, picking up one yard from the six before Jarius Wright then caught a five-yard score. However, McCaffrey was easily Cam Newton's lone reliable target, setting a new career-high with his 14 grabs. He was targeted on 33% of Newton's passes. Still, a touchdown would have been nice, but McCaffrey did well for his PPR owners in a predictable spot against the Deion Jones-less Falcons. McCaffrey will be an RB1 next week in Cincinnati. Sep 16 - 4:16 PM

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera would still like Christian McCaffrey to rush 15-20 times per game while catching "6-10 passes."

McCaffrey touched the ball "just" 16 times in Week 1. Speaking Thursday, OC Norv Turner characterized it was a "week-to-week deal." McCaffrey himself said his day would have been bigger had Cam Newton not kept it on so many read options. That, of course, is going to be a common occurrence. Even if he's getting the ball "just" 16-18 times per game, McCaffrey is going to be in the RB1 mix.
Sep 13 - 2:59 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed 10 times for 50 yards and caught 6-of-9 targets for 45 yards in the Panthers' Week 1 victory over the Cowboys.

Greg Olsen exited early with a foot injury, which allowed McCaffrey to flourish even more in Carolina's passing game. His nine targets and 45 receiving yards were both team-highs. It's still concerning that Cam Newton used his towering 6'5" 245-pound frame to bowl over defenders inside the five-yard line, essentially robbing CMC of a goal line score. It's also an issue for McCaffrey's future outlook that he handled only three more carries (10) than C.J. Anderson (7). His floor is safe due to his involvement as a receiver, but at least through Week 1, McCaffrey isn't being used like the bell-cow coach Ron Rivera promised he'd be.
Sep 9 - 8:46 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed 12 times for 48 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

"CMC" was extremely busy, dominating first-team reps for the third straight week and looking every bit like Carolina’s every-down back. He also recovered a Cam Newton fumble and continued to see carries deep in scoring position ahead of C.J. Anderson. After leading all NFL running backs in targets (116) as a rookie, McCaffrey is poised for a year-two leap and worth considering as early as the late first round in fantasy drafts. A true workhorse throughout his Stanford career, McCaffrey projects for a major spike on his rookie average of 12.3 touches per game.
Aug 24 - 9:43 PM

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed five times for 92 yards and a touchdown while catching 4-of-5 targets for 28 yards in Friday's preseason game versus the Dolphins.

After dominating all of the first-team reps a week ago, McCaffrey was once again the focal point of the Panthers offense. He had every backfield touch up until the final drive of the fist half, receiving nine of the Panthers' 16 offensive touches in the half. His best play came on a 71-yard touchdown run on his second carry. The Panthers gave him a big hole on the right side and he outraced the Miami defense to the end zone. True to their word this offseason, the Panthers have shown they are dedicated to giving McCaffrey a gigantic workload. Look for McCaffrey to move further up running back ranks and draft boards over the final two weeks of the preseason.
Aug 17 - 9:05 PM

Speaking Thursday, Panthers OC Norv Turner called it "realistic" to believe Christian McCaffrey could get 25-30 touches per game this season.

It's not realistic, but that is sort of beside the point, which is that Turner and coach Ron Rivera are both on the record as wanting McCaffrey to handle monster workloads. It's looking like McCaffrey could seriously get himself in the 18-20 range after he averaged 12 as a rookie. That sort of jump would have McCaffrey in the RB1 mix even in non-PPR leagues.
Aug 2 - 1:07 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that it would be "ideal" for Christian McCaffrey to handle 25 to 30 touches per game.

It's statements like this that confirm so many coaches ignore basic statistics and coach based almost entirely on "feel." The Cowboys previously suggested Tavon Austin could handle "12 to 24 touches per game," although that came from front office boss Stephen Jones. McCaffrey averaged just 12.3 touches per game as a rookie and managed 3.72 yards per carry. His target total -- 113, a league high among running backs -- is likely to diminish with D.J. Moore added at receiver and Greg Olsen back healthy. 14 to 16 touches per game would be a more realistic goal.
Jul 25 - 8:49 PM

Christian McCaffrey reported to training camp at 208 pounds.

It's six pounds over where he played as a rookie. McCaffrey is "noticeably bigger" coming off his first full offseason. The added weight should help McCaffrey as he looks to become more of an every-down back.
Jul 25 - 3:09 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ESPN he would not be surprised if Christian McCaffrey reached 200 carries this season.

David Newton reports the coaching staff is "confident McCaffrey can run between the tackles," and the back "has bulked up about five pounds" to be better prepared for an early-down role. McCaffrey's overall rushing numbers did not look great as a rookie, but he averaged 4.7 yards per carry over the final eight games and was a great inside runner in college. Even with C.J. Anderson in the fold, it makes sense for the Panthers to get McCaffrey more than the 117 carries he saw last season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 24 - 10:24 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue predicts Christian McCaffrey's carry total "won’t go up by much."

McCaffrey carried the ball 117 times as a rookie, and there was hope his role as a runner would expand following a strong finish to the season -- he averaged 4.7 yards per carry over his final eight games. Rodrigue expects new-addition C.J. Anderson to be the "traditional running back," however, leaving McCaffrey in a similar role to the one he occupied as a rookie. That role did allow him to finish as the RB16 in standard leagues last season, and Rodrigue thinks he can be even more productive as a receiver this year. Still, that is probably close to his ceiling if he does not get more involved on the ground.
Jul 16 - 10:58 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Christian McCaffrey is able to handle a big workload.

"Everybody forgets when he was in college he ran between the tackles more than anybody and he touched the ball more than anybody," Rivera said. "So I don't see why not." McCaffrey recorded 80 catches and 117 carries as a rookie. While the catch total will be difficult to top, it is very likely McCaffrey sees more carries in his second season even after the Panthers added C.J. Anderson to the backfield. McCaffrey's second-round ADP is steep, but he could get enough work to pay it off.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 9:41 AM

Christian McCaffrey says he added "about five pounds of good muscle."

McCaffrey downplayed the changes, but he looked noticeably bigger in photos from the offseason program and confirmed he wanted to add some strength following his rookie season. "My core strength, my upper body strength and my lower body," McCaffrey said. "I’m just trying to increase all those. Make sure I can break tackles in the second level and be able to turn those three-, four-yard runs into some bigger runs." McCaffrey struggled to produce on the ground early in his rookie season, but he averaged 4.7 yards per carry over the final eight games. Even with C. J. Anderson in the fold, McCaffrey is a solid RB2 option in standard leagues and a borderline RB1 in PPR.
May 29 - 10:26 AM

Panthers OC Norv Turner said the team will "keep finding ways" to get Christian McCaffrey the ball.

"He had an unbelievable rookie year and did a lot more than a lot of people would be asked to do and handled them all," said Turner, who compared McCaffrey favorably to one of his former players, Darren Sproles. "He's got such talent, you're just going to keep finding ways to get him the ball and try to create more space for him." McCaffrey was so-so as a ball-carrier in year one (3.7 yards per carry), but excelled in the passing game with 80 catches, which ranked third in the league among running backs. Power back Jonathan Stewart will continue to be involved, though McCaffrey should be in for a bigger workload next season.
Jan 23 - 6:13 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed six times for 16 yards and caught 6-of-8 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Wild Card loss to the Saints.

McCaffrey gave the Panthers hope with a 56-yard touchdown catch in which he shook Craig Robertson out of his shoes in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were not able to complete the comeback. The catch was a fitting exclamation point to a rookie season which saw McCaffrey catch 80 passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns. He was not as impressive as a runner, gaining just 435 yards with two scores on 117 carries, but he improved dramatically in that department in the second half of the season. Already a quality fantasy asset because of his receiving ability, McCaffrey could take a step forward if the Panthers give him more work in the running game next year.
Jan 7 - 8:44 PM

Christian McCaffrey notched 14 yards on six carries while adding five catches for 40 yards on eight targets Sunday in the Panthers' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

McCaffrey only topped 10 carries in four of 16 games this year but was heavily involved as a pass-catcher with 80 catches for 651 yards and five touchdowns. Among running backs, only Le’Veon Bell and Alvin Kamara caught more passes than McCaffrey this year. The 205-pound McCaffrey wasn’t used much on the goal line and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever command workhorse usage. Of course, none of that hindered McCaffrey’s fantasy production this year, particularly in PPR leagues. McCaffrey will play his first career postseason game next week against the division-rival Saints.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Taylor Heinicke
3Connor Cook
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
FB1Alex Armah
WR11Devin Funchess
2Jarius Wright
3Damiere Byrd
WR21Torrey Smith
2D.J. Moore
3Curtis Samuel
4Mose Frazier
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Greg Olsen
2Chris Manhertz
3Ian Thomas
4Jason Vander Laan
LT1Taylor Moton
2Matt Kalil
LG1Greg Van Roten
2Amini Silatolu
3Taylor Hearn
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Dorian Johnson
3Brendan Mahon
RT1Daryl Williams
2Corey Robinson
K1Graham Gano