There was a lot of hype surrounding Panthers’ rookie running back Christian McCaffery coming out of college and that potential was enough to convince Carolina to take him 8th overall in the NFL Draft.
That hype has officially touched down at Panthers training camp.
“He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield and running routes,” Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart commented.
“I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him one-on-one.
“He’s a special player.”
McCaffery has made an impression with the likes of Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly. McCaffery has been making headlines for juking out Kuechly and Thomas Davis at practice.
“He’s very precise with his movements,” Kuechly said. “He’s in and out of breaks quick. I think he’s going to be somebody that helps us out.”
His preparation is like a vet, which it should be,” Stewart said. “Like rookies learn when they get into the league every year, there’s no such thing as being a rookie.
“His approach to the game, his focus, his mental on the craft is a 10.”
Stewart called McCaffery’s first step “deadly” while continuing to heap praise on the 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up.
“You want to call me the big bruiser or whatever,” Stewart said. “I don’t know what you’re going to call him. But he’s a special player and we’ve got to use him the right way.”