Carolina Panthers want to ease workload of McCaffrey
The Carolina Panthers want to ease the workload of their running back.
The Carolina Panthers were able to record another big win on Sunday. Beating the Houston Texans by a 16-10 score, Carolina managed to get the job done behind another solid performance from Kyle Allen. However, it was a vintage performance from running back Christian McCaffrey that helped get the job done. Much like last year, he showed that he had the ability to help pace the offense.
It’s not that his ability to help carry the offense ever went away. Rather, the Carolina Panthers were able to get more weapons at the wide receiver position. I personally thought he would be used less than he is currently. According to several media reports, that appears it is going to be the case moving forward. I am glad that Carolina wants to give McCaffrey more rest.
He rushed the ball 23 times for 97 yards and a touchdown.
With how open the NFC South is looking, the Carolina Panthers could easily find themselves in playoff position come the later months. Yes, there is still a lot of football to be had. The Carolina Panthers need to get the job done every Sunday from here on out. Failure to do so could be detrimental to their playoff chances. It is a double-edged sword. However, the opportunity is there for Carolina to succeed.
According to David Newton of ESPN.com, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants to give McCaffrey some rest moving forward. It’s a smart move to give him some rest. After all, he practically played every single offensive snap for the team last year. They need him to be fresh and healthy for a potential big stretch run.
This sounds like a great idea. Resting one of your best players at such a physically demanding position can only help things. McCaffrey has proven he can be a workhorse, he deserves some rest. He is one of the main pieces of the offense. He makes the offense go, and he allows the unit the ability to give defenses several different looks. Rest is not something he had last year, and he showed a little bit of fatigue at the end of last year.
As Carolina looks to continue their winning streak, it will be interesting to see how they manage the health of their players. With Newton on the shelf, and McCaffrey already taking a ton of snaps, they will certainly have some decisions to make. I trust them to make the right ones. I certainly wouldn’t want to be put in this position.