Jonathan Stewart: Christian McCaffrey “unstoppable” coming out of backfield

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Due to the NFL rule barring rookies from joining teams until their schools are out of session, Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey wasn’t part of the team’s offseason program this spring.

That absence meant he had to familiarize himself with the team’s playbook from afar and it also meant that we didn’t get a chance to hear his teammates’ thoughts about how McCaffrey looks on the field. The last five days have given them an extended look at the rookie on the field, however, and veteran running back Jonathan Stewart has been impressed by his young colleague.

“He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield running routes,” Stewart said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1.”

Person reports that linebacker Shaq Thompson found himself on the losing end of one such 1-on-1 matchup during Sunday’s practice and the team took him at the top of the first round because they envision him doing that to guys in different uniforms on a regular basis. It will be a little bit until they get a chance to see that play out, leaving time for more reviews like Stewart’s to amp up the anticipation levels.

13 responses to “Jonathan Stewart: Christian McCaffrey “unstoppable” coming out of backfield

  1. As a Panthers fan, I like those kind words, but I’m not convinced yet. The primary reason is that I know several players who can’t be guarded, man to man.

    Actually, nobody can be guarded by one man, if a player has 100 x 53 yards to cover. It is impossible. MaCaffrey’s problem, is what happens after he gets a solid hit? The guy in tiny and there will be a time when in avoiding a tackler, a second one gets a solid hit.

    It’s the Mike Tyson syndrome: “everybody has a plan until they get hit.” It’s about what happens after that well-placed hit? That’s the issue.

  2. Buuuuuuuuuuuust.

    When will the Coaches in the NFL learn, gadget players tend to bust more often than not???

    You used a first round pick on a running back that can’t even consistently run between the tackles, genius!

  3. qdog112 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 7:01 AM

    The guy in tiny and there will be a time when in avoiding a tackler, a second one gets a solid hit.

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    He’s right around 6′ & 200+ lbs ..not exactly “tiny.” Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead are tiny ..and they’ve managed to do just fine.

  4. In today’s NFL, if you draft a running back in the top ten picks, you better be getting AP, LT, or Zeke, someone capable of winning the league MVP!

    The Panthers are lucky Christian isn’t already holding out for his next contract, ya know cuz the guy really loves money, unlike his father who actually loved the game…

  5. waltermercier says:
    Jul 31, 2017 7:37 AM
    Buuuuuuuuuuuust.

    When will the Coaches in the NFL learn, gadget players tend to bust more often than not???

    You used a first round pick on a running back that can’t even consistently run between the tackles, genius!

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    i agree. he is not a 3 down back

    he is cj spiller
    or reggie bush

    each was wildly overrated coming into the nfl

    he will flash and then demand to get huge rb
    money in 3 years and they will be in cap hell
    over it

    but, i would be ticked off if my team did not get
    a 3 down player in the top 10 of a draft

    at best, he is a back of the 1st rd talent

    much hype and way overrated

  6. What He did, by Himself (against iowa), will always be ingrained in my mind forever. It was awesome.

  7. Crazy as it sounds … I think J’Ville will be improved this year. Too bad that old fraud Coughlin will get the credit.

  8. GenXJ says:
    Jul 31, 2017 8:39 AM
    What He did, by Himself (against iowa), will always be ingrained in my mind forever. It was awesome.
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    Do not see Iowa on the NFL Schedule!!!

  9. I’m excited to see what he can do. I’ll wait for actual games before I get too hyped. I disagree that he is overrated.

  10. This is the NFL and nobody’s unstoppable let alone an under sized RB. He’s a match up problem for any LB coming out of the backfield and is a highly skilled player. Will see how he holds up once he’s been smacked around a few times and its 12 games into the season.

  11. McCaffery is the best running back out of college in a decade. The east coast and SEC bias, plus reverse racism makes up many of the posts here. He is football smart and very talented. Trade him to the Raiders.

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