4 ambitious goals for Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey in 2022

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What are some ambitious goals for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey during a 2022 season of crucial importance? 

To say Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers have a huge 2022 season ahead of them would be understating things ever so slightly. The running back has been luckless on the injury front over the last two years and if things continue trending downwards, then those in power could be forced into a tough decision next spring.

McCaffrey was the subject of trade speculation this offseason. The Panthers reportedly received a call from the Buffalo Bills regarding the All-Pro but told the Super Bowl favorites that the former first-round pick was not available.

Not yet, anyway.

Although the Panthers have an abundance of weapons, McCaffrey will be the focal point once again. But taking as much pressure off as possible is the only way to improve the team’s fortunes.

With that being said, here are four ambitious goals for McCaffrey in 2022.

Ambitious Goal No. 1

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Christian McCaffrey plays 90% of games in 2022

This might not have seemed like a realistic goal once upon a time. Christian McCaffrey did not miss a single game over his first three seasons in the league, which prompted the Carolina Panthers to hand the player a bumper new contract as the face of the franchise.

Since then, not so much.

McCaffrey has turned out just 10 times for the Panthers over the last two years. This has led to some wondering if over-usage early on has now started to take a toll on the player, who generated a substantial amount of touches as Carolina’s only real dependable weapon on offense over time.

If McCaffrey can turn out in 90 percent of the team’s games in 2022, it will be a massive boost. One that could be a pivotal element in any progression next time around.