The Facts: The Panthers are planning to use C.J. Anderson as their feature back, leaving McCaffrey in a similar role he had last season, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Diehards Line: Jonathan Stewart and McCaffrey combined for only 1,115 rushing yards last season, with Cam Newton leading the team in rushing. It’s why Stewart was released, and Anderson was signed. Anderson is coming off his first 1,000-yard rushing season, having rushed for 1,007 last season in Denver. He likely plays the traditional RB role in Norv Turner’s offense, according to Rodrigue. That means McCaffrey’s carries are expected to stay around the 117 he had last season, though he would like to up his average from the 3.7 he had in rushing for 435 yards. McCaffrey, the eighth overall choice in 2017, could get even more chances in the passing game. McCaffrey made 80 catches for 651 yards and five touchdowns last season as a rookie.