Panthers young running back Christian McCaffrey is just entering his prime at 24 years of age, and he’s clearly the focal point of the major rebuild going on in Carolina.
The Panthers really don’t have much to write home about on the offensive side of the ball. In fact, they parted ways with their only MVP Award winner in team history, releasing Cam Newton back in April. The team fields a patchwork receiving corps, and a capable offensive line. It also signed veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to start under center for the foreseeable future, probably as a bridge signal-caller as the team looks to go young going forward. Bridgewater had the benefit of playing in a prolific Saints offense loaded with weapons, though, and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares with a barren cupboard.
But he does have McCaffrey lining up in the backfield along with him, and that’s a pretty great benefit to have.
McCaffrey truly can do it all. He can run, block and catch passes. The stud running back can also run routes better than many receivers in the league, as he showed poor teammate Adarius Taylor, putting the linebacker on skates during this route running clinic.
In Taylor’s defense, he’s certainly not the first player McCaffrey has made look silly.