McCaffrey, the team's first-round draft pick in 2017, carried the ball 117 times for 435 yards and established a franchise rookie record with 80 receptions. He finished the season with seven touchdowns.
While McCaffrey led the Panthers in receptions, he'll be counted on to carry the ball more after the team parted ways with its all-time leading rusher Jonathan Stewart. Panthers two-time NFL Coach of the Year Ron Rivera believes McCaffrey is up to the task, saying he can be a running back who carries the ball 200 times this season.
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McCaffrey's size was always a question mark, but the story added Rivera commented, "Yeah, why not," to the prospect of McCaffrey carrying the ball 200 times. Anderson will surely factor into the offense, but it sounds like the team has seen enough of McCaffrey to give him a bigger role this year.