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Christian McCaffrey’s workload may be reduced in 2020

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey has something to prove after signing his record-setting deal, but his new coach may have a slightly more conservative plan in mind.

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule indicated in an interview Tuesday that using McCaffrey effectively as a weapon does not mean leaving him on the field for the entire game, per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.

The 23-year-old McCaffrey saw a significant workload for the Panthers last season. He led the NFL with 403 total touches and played 93.3 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. The results were excellent though, as McCaffrey logged 1,387 yards rushing and 1,005 yards receiving with 19 total touchdowns.

McCaffrey has since agreed to a humongous extension that will make him the highest-paid running back in NFL history, and Rhule’s first order of business could be to make sure that the team’s sizable investment is properly utilized.

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