Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
2 months ago

McCaffrey didn't practice Wednesday due to a back injury, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Through five games, McCaffrey has logged every offensive snap on three occasions and missed just 14 of a possible 342 of those plays, so it's no surprise he's picked up some bumps and bruises along the way. The aforementioned back issue may stem from his flip into the end zone in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. With that in mind, McCaffrey's status should be monitored closely in the coming days to get a sense of his status for the Week 6 game against the Buccaneers in London.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
2 months ago

Coach Ron Rivera told Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic that McCaffrey dealt with cramps near the end of Sunday's 34-27 win against the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey limped off the field on the Panthers' second-to-last possession and was seen stretching his legs, per Rodrigue. A short time later, McCaffrey's backup, Reggie Bonnafon, iced the game with a 59-yard touchdown run, and while the Panthers had one last drive, Bonnafon got all the reps out of the backfield thereafter. Rivera implied that McCaffrey will receive plenty of rest this week, so his practice reps may be capped as the team readies itself for a divisional matchup with the Buccaneers in London.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
2 months ago

McCaffrey played all 68 of the Panthers' offensive snaps in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey has left the field for merely five of Carolina's 277 offensive snaps through the first four weeks, leaving next to no playing time for backups Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett. With that involvement, McCaffrey has already racked up 111 touches and 629 scrimmage yards, putting him on pace to break Chris Johnson's NFL single-season record of 2,509 in the latter category. Although coach Ron Rivera and coordinator Norv Turner previously mentioned their preseason hope to scale back McCaffrey's snaps while still increasing his touches, the superstar tailback has only grown in both capacities thus far. Furthermore, with the Panthers looking to keep pace while quarterback Cam Newton (foot) remains sidelined, the ultra-productive McCaffrey only figures to continue carrying the offense, arguably making him fantasy's most-coveted commodity.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
2 months ago

McCaffrey rushed 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and brought in all 10 of his targets for 86 yards in the Panthers' 16-10 win over the Texans on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

With a relatively inexperienced quarterback under center in a difficult road environment against an aggressive defense, the Panthers utilized McCaffrey's highly versatile skill set as a major crutch. The strategy worked well for both the team and the star back's fantasy managers, with his massive workload leading to a highly fruitful day. McCaffrey was responsible for Carolina's only touchdown of the day on a three-yard run with just over a minute left in the first half, his fourth rushing score over the first four games. His 27 totes set a new high-water mark for him on the season, while his reception total equaled a season-best figure. The 2017 first-round pick will look to build on his stellar first quarter of the campaign at the expense of the Jaguars in Week 5.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
3 months ago

McCaffrey carried the ball 24 times for 153 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

With Kyle Allen replacing Cam Newton (foot) under center, the Panthers leaned heavily on McCaffrey, and he more than rose to the occasion. The third-year back has a massive 450 scrimmage yards through three games (318 rushing, 132 receiving), but CMC could face a tougher test in Week 4 against a Texans defense that just held Austin Ekeler in check.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
4 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
4 months ago

McCaffrey is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game at New England, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (7)
4 months ago

McCaffrey isn't expected to suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Bills, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.