Christian McCaffrey’s rookie season has been fairly productive so far, at least in the passing game. His numbers on the ground aren’t exactly eye-opening, though.
He’s rushed 38 times for only 104 yards, good for an average of just 2.74 per touch. However, he has also caught 37 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns.
But the real reason McCaffrey could be a factor in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears has nothing to do with offense. It’s his play on special teams that could pay dividends.
That’s because of this fun stat from Panthers team reporter Bill Voth.
The Bears are the only team that’s allowed both a kickoff and punt return for a TD this year. Also allowing most yards on both units.— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) October 16, 2017
Granted, both of those happened last week against the Baltimore Ravens, as Bobby Rainey posted a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Michael Campanaro took a punt 77 yards for a touchdown.
Then again, with all due respect to Rainey and Campanaro, they are certainly no McCaffrey when it comes to the return game.
Now is his chance to run one back and really turn into that all-around player the Panthers were looking for when they took him with the eighth overall pick in the draft.