When the Carolina Panthers drafted Christian McCaffrey, they added an entirely new threat to Cam Newton’s offense. The Panthers host the New Orleans Saints, Monday, December 17 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The multi-talented McCaffrey can seemingly do it all and wasted no time bringing to the NFL what he specialized in at college, and that was running away from opposing defenses. In three seasons with the Stanford Cardinal he was a regular on the highlight reel and in 2016 set an NCAA record for 3,864 all purpose yards. The Panthers then took him in the first round with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
McCaffrey has now become the Panthers’ starting running back and could eclipse the 1,000 yard mark this season. A dangerous receiver out of the backfield, he specializes in tacking on yards after making a catch, giving Newton another offensive weapon. Although the Panthers used him as both a punt and kickoff returner in 2017, he has not played those roles this season, despite how successful he was in them during his college years.
McCaffrey comes from an athletic family. His father, Ed McCaffrey, spent 13 seasons in the NFL and has three Super Bowl Rings, while his mother was a standout soccer start at Stanford. Many of his siblings are also athletes.
Should Carolina be able to make a playoff run, there is no doubt that a dynamic player like Christian McCaffrey will likely play a role in any team success.
Full Name: Christian Jackson McCaffrey
Born: June 7, 1996
Birthplace: Castle Rock, Colorado
Height/Weight: 5 foot, 11 inches / 205-pounds
Team: Carolina Panthers, 2017 – present
Draft: 2017 Round 1, Pick 8 by Carolina
Position: Running Back
Honors and Achievements: Paul Hornung Award, 2015; Associated Press Player of the Year, 2015; Holds NCAA single season all purpose yards record, 3,864