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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Christian McCaffrey bothered by notion he can’t run between tackles

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey had his best game as a pro in Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the way he racked up his nearly 200 total yards from scrimmage seemed particularly satisfying for the former first-round pick.

McCaffrey has developed somewhat of a reputation for being a running back/wide receiver hybrid who isn’t all that effective when running between the tackles. On Sunday, he rushed for 184 yards on 28 carries. When asked after the game if he is bothered by the narrative that he can’t run inside, McCaffrey admitted he takes note.

“It definitely bothers me,” he said, per Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. “But the more and more I go through this league, I learned that it’s never been about proving anyone wrong or proving anybody right. Just proving myself right.”

In Week 2, McCaffrey had the type of game that people have come to expect from him more when he caught 10 passes for 102 yards. While that is still worth bragging about, it seemed like he took more satisfaction in putting up big numbers on the ground this week.

“He’s obviously not just a receiving back, he’s a total running back,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told reporters. “He shows signs that this is not a fluke, he’s been doing this his whole career — collegiately as well as professionally.”

However you want to categorize him, McCaffrey is clearly emerging as one of the most dangerous offensive players in football. When you have a dual-threat quarterback who has someone like McCaffrey standing next to him in the backfield, game-planning becomes almost impossible.

Christian McCaffrey and brothers helped save man who fell on hike

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey and his brothers and friends are being credited with helping to save a man’s life over the weekend.

McCaffrey, his brothers Dylan and Max, and friends Michael Mann and Brooke Pettet went hiking in Castle Rock, Col. on Saturday, according to a story published by the Carolina Panthers’ official website. As they were making their way to the top, they saw an older man fall about 20 feet and hit a rock.

The 72-year-old man, Dan Smoker Sr., had been hiking with his grandson and was in serious condition after the fall. Luckily McCaffrey and his group sprang into action. One person held Smoker’s head still while Mann performed chest compressions. McCaffrey called 911 to summon them to the emergency site.

Smoker was rushed to the hospital and doctors discovered he had multiple injuries. According to Panthers.com, the grandfather had a broken femur, broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck.

As of Tuesday, Smoker was in critical but stable condition.

Christian and his family have kept in touch to see the status of Smoker Sr. and even went by the hospital to visit him.

Smoker’s son, Dan Jr., who was in San Diego celebrating his wedding anniversary over the weekend, is crediting the group for helping to save his father’s life.

Report: Christian McCaffrey has playbook customized for him with Panthers

Christian McCaffrey

The Carolina Panthers envisioned big things for Christian McCaffrey when they drafted him eighth overall in the NFL Draft, and it sounds like they are putting those plans into motion.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported on Tuesday that the Panthers have created an entire playbook just for McCaffrey, who is expected to be a huge part of the team’s offense in his rookie season.

The Panthers still have veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, and he will likely handle much of the traditional workload you’d expect from a tailback. McCaffrey is more versatile and can line up all over the field. Carolina would be wise to take full advantage of that, as that type of threat is not one that Cam Newton has had at his disposal since entering the NFL.

We placed McCaffrey high on our list of rookies who are expected to make a big impact in 2017, and we like his chances even more if the Panthers are designing more than a handful of plays specifically for the former Stanford star.

Christian McCaffrey talks Call of Duty, draft, Panthers in interview with LBS

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey has Panthers fans hyped. They think he’s the future.

The rookie from Stanford represents a new breed of NFL player — the hybrid athlete who can line up just about anywhere on the field. The league is unquestionably trending in this direction, favoring young players like Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery who can play multiple positions and confuse defenses. It’s essentially the NFL version of the Golden State Warriors’ ahead-of-its-time strategy to play five versatile wings who can switch every screen.

During his historic college career, McCaffrey came to be known for much more than simply being the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and being a white running back.

In his three years in Palo Alto, McCaffrey amassed 3,922 rushing yards; 99 receptions for 1,206 receiving yards; and 33 total touchdowns. As a sophomore he broke the NCAA’s record for all-purpose yards with 3,864. (The man whose record he broke, Barry Sanders, was his childhood hero.)

McCaffrey decided to stop giving Pac-12 coaches nightmares and declared for the draft after his junior year. Now that he’s a pro (McCaffrey has 87 yards rushing, 51 yards receiving, and one touchdown in three preseason games), he’s lining up endorsement deals.

This interview is brought to you by Activision and its new game, Call of Duty: WWII. This game marks a Call of Duty return to the World Wars for the first time in nearly a decade (Call of Duty: World at War was released in 2008).

Activision hosted a Twitch livestream of McCaffrey playing the beta version of the game in Charlotte Friday, and he chatted with Larry Brown Sports on the phone after the event. We discussed his transition to life in the NFL, his decision to skip the Sun Bowl, the Mayweather-McGregor fight (which was set to take place the next day), Game of Thrones, Drake and much more.

What was the livestream like? What are your early impressions of the game?

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10 NFL rookies likely to make biggest impact in 2017

Leonard Fournette

The 2017 NFL Draft is a distant memory, and now it’s time for the rookies to show their stuff at minicamp. These camps will provide the first opportunity to see the league’s newest and youngest talent on display.

As is the case every year, rookies will have a tremendous impact on the regular season and contribute to their team’s successes or failures. That was especially true last year for organizations like the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers, who saw their rookies explode onto the scene.

Which rookies will have that sort of impact in 2017? Let’s take a look.

10. Taco Charlton, DE, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys lost a ton of pieces on defense — mostly in the secondary — and have struggled with their pass rush for several years now. Randy Gregory has not panned out for obvious reasons, DeMarcus Lawrence has a rather extensive injury history, and just about everyone else on their defensive line has legitimate question marks.

Taco Charlton, who was selected in the first round of the draft, could be just what the coctor ordered.

Charlton represents a young pass rusher for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to work with. Marinelli’s history of success with similar talents can not be understated. But this can’t be a long-term project for Dallas; Charlton needs to come in and produce immediately if the Cowboys wish to overcome their thin secondary and less-than-stellar pass rush.

Both he and the Cowboys know this, so expect him to be unleashed out of the gate.

9. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

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Broncos reportedly were interested trading for Christian McCaffrey, Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns

The Denver Broncos reportedly showed interest in a couple of players on draft day.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos were interested in trading up for Christian McCaffrey, and they inquired about Joe Thomas:

Unable to move up to select McCaffrey, who went No. 8 overall to the Carolina Panthers, and with the Cleveland Browns holding onto their franchise LT, the Broncos went offensive line with their first-round pick. They took Utah product Garett Bolles.

This information is good to keep in mind down the line in case the Broncos try to explore trades for these players or if they’re ever cut at some point. It’s also good information to keep in mind for the rest of the draft; the Broncos could look for a scat-back at some point.

Christian McCaffrey shows off incredible foot speed in video

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey blew away many on the internet Wednesday with a video he posted to Twitter that showcases his incredible foot speed.

In the video, the former Stanford running back is seen moving his feet quicker than an MC Hammer backup dancer:

I can’t even move my fingers that fast when I’m typing. Sheesh.

This guy’s quickness is unreal. Now you know why he reportedly has a guarantee to be picked by the middle of the first round.

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