The Facts: HC Ron Rivera said on Wednesday it would be "ideal' if McCaffrey had 25 to 30 touches a game this season, more than doubling what he had as a rookie. "I don't want to get to the point where everything starts through him, because it'll always be through the quarterback [Cam Newton]. But he can be one of those guys that hopefully gets the ball 25 to 30 times a game," Rivera said. "That would be ideal."
Diehards Line: McCaffrey averaged 7.3 carries a game and five receptions a game a year ago as the eighth pick of the draft. Jonathan Stewart took a lot of touches from McCaffrey, averaging 13.2 carries a game in 2017. He was released during the offseason for salary-cap reasons, moving McCaffrey into the No. 1 role despite the addition of free agent C.J. Anderson, who averaged 15.3 carries a game a year ago for Denver. it would be rare for a back to make such a jump from his first to second season. Still, Rivera is confident McCaffrey can make the jump because he believes the 5-11 back can run between the tackles as he did at Stanford, where he touched the ball offensively 27.2 times a game in 2015 and 26.4 in 2016. He told ESPN during offseason workouts McCaffrey could top 200 carries this season after having only 117 a year ago. ... We'll be watching for signs that such an increase is possible as the summer unfolds.