McCaffrey rushed 16 times for 37 yards and brought in two of six targets for 16 yards in the Panthers' 20-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday.
Four days after flummoxing the Rams defense for 209 total yards from scrimmage, McCaffrey was naturally a focal point of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles' plan of attack, McCaffrey was consistently stymied by an aggressive Buccaneers' front seven, right down to the Panthers' final offensive play of the game. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner dialed up a direct snap to McCaffrey on fourth down at Tampa's two-yard line with 1:28 remaining, but the star running back was ruled short of the goal line on a play upheld by instant replay. McCaffrey also saw his total number of touches take a hit from 29 to 18 when compared to Week 1, so he'll look to step his involvement back up versus the Cardinals in a Week 3 road matchup a week from Sunday.
McCaffrey ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and added 81 yards on 10 catches during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Rams.
Carolina was down by two scores midway through the third quarter when, in the wildcat, McCaffrey faked a handoff to quarterback Cam Newton and cut upfield for an eight-yard touchdown. The play was illustrative of the kind of threat McCaffrey can continue to become. After offseason shoulder surgery, the pressure is greater than ever for Newton to cut down on running, but his athleticism still makes him a threat to do so. The result -- if Sunday is any indication -- could be McCaffrey having his cake and eating it too, benefiting from defenses afraid of the quarterback run while also not sacrificing many touches. McCaffrey did have a touchdown vultured late, but figures to have as many opportunities to make play as any top-flight back this season.
McCaffrey rushed three times for 16 yards and caught one of his two targets for 10 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason loss to the Patriots.
McCaffrey's first and likely only taste of the preseason included just three drives, but saw him rip off a long run of 13 yards while also gaining a first down through the air. The dual-threat dynamo will probably now sit Carolina's final exhibition outing before preparing for a Week 1 clash against the Rams to kick off his hotly anticipated third professional campaign.
McCaffrey is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game at New England, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
McCaffrey's workload is to be determined, but the Panthers' lead back will take the field for the first time this exhibition season. Once his cameo is complete, he'll be locked and loaded to serve as one of the NFL's workhorses for Week 1 and beyond.
McCaffrey isn't expected to suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Bills, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
McCaffrey will again be on the sidelines while the coaching staff gets a look at the rest of the backfield, which includes Cameron Artis-Payne, Jordan Scarlett, Reggie Bonnafon and Elijah Holyfield. There's a chance McCaffrey makes a cameo in preseason Week 3 in New England, but even if he doesn't take the field he's secure in his standing as one of the few workhorse running backs in the NFL.
Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that he hopes to have McCaffrey play fewer snaps in 2019 but still receive more total touches than he earned a season ago, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We want the ball in Christian's hands,'' Rivera said. "When he's on the field, there's no reason for him to be a decoy or swing guy. Why not figure out the best thing, and that's what [offensive coordinator Norv Turner] wants to do."
McCaffrey was on the field for 91.3 percent of the Panthers' offensive snaps last season, leading all running backs by a comfortable margin. That heightened involvement helped him amass 326 touches and 1,965 scrimmage yards en route to a second-team All-Pro selection. While Turner -- who doled out heavy workloads to Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson in the past -- aims to get McCaffrey's hands on the ball even more this term, he and Rivera have acknowledged a plan to pluck unnecessary snaps from the tailback's weekly count. If all goes well, that initiative would improve the efficiency of McCaffrey's usage while ideally strengthening his overall impact in a given game.
McCaffrey said one of his individual goals is to become the third player in NFL history with 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in the same season, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports.
This has become a talking point every offseason, whether its brought up in conjunction with McCaffrey, David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell or Todd Gurley. It isn't hard to imagine Johnson or McCaffrey making a real push in 2019, especially after the latter fell just 133 receiving yards shy last season. Coach Ron Rivera said he wants McCaffrey to play fewer snaps this year, but Rivera also noted that a reduction in playing time wouldn't necessitate a corresponding drop in carries/touches. In any case, the Panthers didn't do much to upgrade their backfield depth, re-signing Cameron Artis-Payne and then drafting Jordan Scarlett in the fifth round. A diverse rushing attack that also utilizes Cam Newton, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel should free up rushing lanes for McCaffrey.
Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers will seek ways to ease McCaffrey's workload in 2019, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Rivera's comments occurred at the combine, a sign the Panthers are taking an interest in finding a suitable (and cheap) option to supplement the backfield. He added that McCaffrey won't necessarily experience a reduction in touches, but he'll likely defer some snaps to another running back to get the occasional breather. He played at least 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 14 games last season -- including all of them eight times -- en route to the third-most touches (326) in the league. The 22-year-old will be well-served in the long term if Carolina brings in some relief this offseason.
McCaffrey ran for 18 yards on four carries and added a 22-yard catch during Sunday's 33-14 win over the Saints.
With the playoffs out of reach, McCaffrey rested for most of Sunday as Cameron Artis-Payne and Travaris Cadet did most of the heavy lifting. The talented sophomore did warm up on the sidelines as a quarterback following Kyle Allen (shoulder's) injury, but the Panthers were able to grind the game away without his services. Though quiet Sunday, the dazzling back ended his season with 1,965 total yards and 13 total touchdowns.
Coach Ron Rivera admitted Monday that the team will hold internal discussions before deciding whether to hold out key players such as McCaffrey for its Week 17 game against the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Though the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention heading into Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons, it didn't stop McCaffrey from playing 83 of the team's 92 offensive snaps (90.2 percent), which actually dropped his season-long percentage to a still-astronomical 97.7 percent. During the contest, McCaffrey reached a milestone by hauling in 12 passes to bump his total up to 106 for the season, establishing a new NFL record for running backs. Aside from giving McCaffrey a chance to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards for the season -- he's 75 shy of that mark -- there's seemingly little benefit for the Panthers to hand the second-year player another massive workload and potentially expose him to injury in an otherwise meaningless season finale. Even if the Panthers elect to hand McCaffrey another start Week 17, there could be some risk of him being pulled from the game early, which would make him a more shaky play than usual in DFS contests.
McCaffrey carried 21 times for 101 yards and caught 12 passes for an additional 77 yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
McCaffrey took on a workhorse role with Cam Newton (shoulder) sidelined, setting a new career high in offensive touches. He managed 4.8 yards per carry on the ground, and while he wasn't as effective on a per-catch basis, he still led the team in receiving yardage. Carolina's poor recent form has actually coincided with a drastic uptick in production for McCaffrey, who's averaging 167.7 scrimmage yards per game over the last seven. He'll look to finish what has been an outstanding season in style during Week 17 against the Saints.
McCaffrey returned to practice Friday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
McCaffrey was held out of Thursday's session in order to rest, but his presence on the field offers assurance he'll be good to go for the Panthers' Week 16 matchup with Atlanta. For the first time in his career, McCaffrey will have to adapt to a new quarterback, as Taylor Heinicke is set to fill in for the injured Cam Newton (shoulder) over the final two contests.
McCaffrey rushed 15 times for 53 yards and caught eight of 11 targets for 67 yards in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints. He also completed a 50-yard touchdown pass.
McCaffrey carried Carolina's offense once again, leading the team in rushing and all receiving categories. For good measure, he also lent a hand in the passing game, tossing to a wide-open Chris Manhertz for a long score on a trick fourth-down play during the first quarter. That continued McCaffrey's touchdown streak, bringing his season total to 14, which includes 13 over his last eight outings. While another of the passing variety shouldn't be expected anytime soon, McCaffrey's heavy involvement in everything the Panthers do offensively continues to make him an ultra-dynamic threat heading into a Week 16 game versus the Falcons.
McCaffrey rushed 16 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns while securing six of seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
McCaffrey capped the opening drive with a four-yard rushing score and found pay dirt from one yard out in the first minute of the second quarter. He would have had a third short touchdown later in the game, but it was called back on a hold. The versatile running back has found his scoring touch with 12 trips to the end zone over the past seven weeks, as compared to the measly one touchdown he scored in the first six games. Up next is a Monday Night Football date with the Saints in Week 15.
McCaffrey carried 10 times for 106 yards Sunday against the Buccaneers. He also caught nine passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in the 24-17 loss.
McCaffrey wasn't used extensively as a rusher, but he still managed to go over 100 yards on the ground for the second straight game. He was also very productive as a pass catcher, leading the team in receptions while adding his sixth touchdown grab of the season. McCaffrey has averaged an outstanding 160.6 scrimmage yards per game over the last five, adding eight total touchdowns in that span. He'll enjoy another favorable matchup in Week 14 against the Browns.
McCaffrey rushed 17 times for 125 yards and a touchdown while catching all 11 of his targets for another 112 yards and another score in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks. He also fumbled three times but didn't lose any.
McCaffrey took over after Seattle tied the game at 20-20 with just under 10 minutes remaining. He ripped off runs of 59 and 15 yards on the next two plays to get down to the 1-yard line, then capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown catch three plays later. That touchdown was his second of the day, complementing a one-yard rushing score in the third quarter. While his efforts weren't enough to thwart a late Seattle comeback here, McCaffrey's been a touchdown machine of late, with five on the ground and four more through the air over the past five games. Expect another strong performance in Week 13 against a leaky Buccaneers defense.
McCaffrey rushed 13 times for 53 yards and brought in six of eight targets for 57 yards in the Panthers' 20-19 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
McCaffrey turned in another solid performance, although one that was more subdued than some of his recent efforts. He still drew even with D.J. Moore for the team lead in targets and checked in second behind him in receptions, with McCaffrey's six catches qualifying as his best total in that category since Week 7. McCaffrey will undoubtedly be set for another high-usage assignment versus the Seahawks in Week 12.
McCaffrey rushed 14 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and also brought in all five of his targets for 61 yards and two more scores in the Panthers' 52-21 loss to the Steelers on Thursday. He also recovered a Cam Newton fumble.
McCaffrey was one of the few bright spots for the Panthers on the night, as he was responsible for all three of their scores and once again shined through both the ground and air. The 2017 first-round pick opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter before adding a 25-yard scoring grab in the second on a play when he was left alone on the left side of the field. McCaffrey would add a one-yard touchdown on the ground with the contest well out of reach in the latter half of the fourth quarter, his fourth of the season. The 22-year-old has now logged double-digit carries for three consecutive games, with Thursday's usage especially encouraging considering it came in a blowout scenario. McCaffrey will look to continue his strong stretch of play against the Lions in Week 11 matchup on Nov. 18.
McCaffrey rushed 17 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns and brought in five of six targets for 78 yards in the Panthers' 42-28 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
For a change, McCaffrey got a chance to convert some touchdown opportunities inside the five-yard line, an area of the field where quarterback Cam Newton has often been the preferred option. The 2017 first-round pick scored on short runs inside the five-yard line in the first half, and also paced the team in receiving yardage on the day for good measure. McCaffrey has flashed robust touchdown equity the last two games, as he's crossed the goal line on four occasions overall during that span. He's also encouragingly logged double-digit carries in two straight contests, a trend fantasy owners hope continues when the Panthers tangle with the Steelers in a Week 10 interconference road tilt.
McCaffrey rushed 14 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and hauled in four of his six targets for 11 yards and another score in Sunday's 36-21 win over the Ravens.
McCaffrey ran around the left end for his first rushing touchdown of the season, an 11-yard carry to knot the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. A couple of possessions later, he was lucky to be in the area of a batted pass and come down with it in the end zone for yet another score. After a hot start to the season, the 22-year-old has now failed to surpass 100 total yards in four weeks since the Panthers' Week 4 bye, but with a series of tough matchups now behind him, the Stanford product will look to Week 9 to take advantage of a Tampa Bay defense which is giving up the most points per game to opposing teams so far this season.
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