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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Carolina’s front office is very interested in West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and that tells you Cam Newton’s time is winding down. Which opens the door for some other player to be the face of the franchise. Without a doubt Christian McCaffrey is that guy and it’s his team moving forward.
There were some questions about McCaffrey’s size but he put all of the those concerns to rest by combining for over 3,000 yards in his first two seasons. That’s the thing about the 22 year old running back he’s a dual-threat weapon. Some of McCaffrey’s best plays come on screens or swing passes where he can use his speed in the open field. We’ve even seen him hurdle defenders and it’s gotten to the point where he’s carrying this offense. It makes sense that general manager Marty Hurney is getting ready to turn the page on Newton because McCaffrey is the focal point right now. The Panthers won 7 games last season but if you take away their star running back’s production then this team wouldn’t come anywhere near that number. When you look at the best playmakers in the league and guys like Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, and Todd Gurley jump out. There’s no doubt Christian McCaffrey deserves to be in that upper echelon of athletes. Carolina should think about trading Newton on draft night because they need a quarterback who can keep defenses on their heels and make them respect the passing game. That’s more important than say drafting an offensive lineman because most of McCaffrey’s best runs are on the outside (tosses / pitches). Going that route will give this ball club more points throughout the season. We know McCaffrey will handles his business on the ground and a more traditional QB will allow D.J Moore and Curtis Samuel to excel through the air.
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Christian McCaffrey is one of the top playmakers in the NFL.