The Panthers are teaching Christian McCaffrey that a strong work ethic is key to NFL success:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Christian McCaffrey finally was able to practice after being sidelined by an NFL rule that stated players from a quarter system university must finish out the length of their school year before participating for their new team. That pretty much meant even though McCaffrey was drafted and moving on to the professional level he still couldn’t practice until now which is when Stanford finished up their year. That’s a big setback for the rookie running back because he lost out on a lot of reps but the good news is McCaffrey was back at practice yesterday and showing off his playmaking abilities. The Panthers were utilizing Christian McCaffrey on wildcat formation plays and it’s clear Carolina believes they can use the rookie running back as a change of pace on offense. By having multiple looks with Cam Newton and McCaffrey both lining up at the quarterback position it gives opposing teams one more wrinkle to prepare for. It should also be noted that while the Panthers want to use McCaffrey as a return man and as a pass catching running back this first year, the team still humbled the Stanford alum by putting McCaffrey on kick coverage special teams. That’s a spot usually reserved for a player on the bottom end of a team’s roster but the Panthers want Christian McCaffrey to develop a good worth ethic in the pros. By showing McCaffrey what some players have to do to get by in this league it should keep the 21 year old kid humble. That move also sets the precedent that even though McCaffey was drafted in the 1st round he still has to earn his excellence day by day. We all know Christian McCaffrey has it from a playmaking perspective, now the Panthers are ensuring McCaffrey understands he has to do it from a maturation stand point as well. So far though everything looked good for Ed McCaffrey’s son on his first official day.

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