4 realistic goals for Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey in 2021

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Christian McCaffrey achieves a 4.8 yards-per-carry average

If Christian McCaffrey can secure the same 4.8 yards-per-carry average he achieved in 2019, then the better the chances of success in 2021 will be for the Carolina Panthers.

The running back will need a considerable amount of help from the offensive line, who looks to be a patchwork group once again despite the presence of stud right tackle Taylor Moton solidifying one side.

It was surprising that the Panthers didn’t make this critical area of the field more of a priority. But they might have enough faith in their current options even if the majority of onlookers do not.

McCaffrey’s reputation is no secret at this juncture. Teams know that he can hurt them in a variety of ways and defensive schemes set up with the primary objective of limiting his influence on proceedings.

Players with the gifts McCaffrey brings to the table cannot be truly thwarted.

It’s keeping them in check that’s key.

The Panthers are a far worse team when McCaffrey is out of the lineup. Even if he isn’t carrying the football as much moving forward, his potential as a decoy is something that can be utilized in a positive fashion by coordinator Joe Brady should the opportunity arise.

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Finishing the 2021 season with a 4.8 yards-per-carry rushing average is a goal McCaffrey can realistically aim for. One thing is for sure, Carolina and its expectant fanbase will also be counting on it.