'McCaffrey Mania' takes over Panthers rookie minicamp

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was the first day on the job for some rookie Carolina Panthers Friday, as they hit the practice field in uptown Charlotte.

Seven draft picks and a handful of free agents took part in the minicamp, as well as the 30-plus players who came to try out for Carolina.

But all eyes were on running back Christian McCaffrey, who the Panthers selected eighth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. The former Stanford Cardinal soaked in his first day on the job.

"It's huge, you know," McCaffrey says. "It's official now."

And now, the Panthers can officially begin to figure out how to use the versatile running back. Like his college days, McCaffrey showed his versatility on offense. He ran the ball, caught some passes and did some work on special teams work.

"Just trying to be me," McCaffrey said. "Just show them everything I can do. Just trying to do what I can to help the team win."

After the rookie minicamp, McCaffrey will miss all the Panthers workouts until June because of Stanford's academic calendar not ending until then. But just like he did when he was voted the Academic All-American of the Year in 2016, he will be studying hard.

"I'll have the playbook and I'll be able to train too," McCaffrey says. "I'll find out what they're doing and rep it exactly how they do it."

When asked if any neighborhoods have his attention, the rookie running back side-stepped the question, saying he's just focused on one thing at a time.

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