Christian McCaffrey could threaten NFL rookie reception record

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Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey added 10 more catches in Thursday night’s loss to the Eagles, keeping him near record pace through six NFL games.

McCaffrey now has 37 catches through six games, meaning he’s on pace to finish the season with 99 catches. The NFL record for a rookie is 101 catches, set by Anquan Boldin in 2003. The record for a rookie running back is 88, set by Reggie Bush in 2006. McCaffrey is well ahead of Bush’s running back record pace, and neck-and-neck with Boldin’s pace.

For the second consecutive week, McCaffrey scored a receiving touchdown. However, he hasn’t broken a lot of long catches: He has gained more than 20 yards on just one reception, and overall he has 293 receiving yards, an average of 7.9 yards a catch.

McCaffrey also isn’t breaking long runs: He has just 38 carries for 104 yards, with a long run of 11 yards, after having just four carries for eight yards on Thursday night. McCaffrey also has three kickoff returns for 58 yards and 15 punt returns for 113 yards. The Panthers are putting the ball in his hands a lot. They’re waiting for him to break some more big plays.

24 responses to “Christian McCaffrey could threaten NFL rookie reception record

  1. First panthers game I have seen. While he was productive last night it’s clear the Panthers really don’t know how to use him. They need to get this kid in open space. Also, he is a willing locker but is taking on a TON of.blockers. If this kid was in NE or NO he would be so much more explosive.

  2. He’ll make a lot of 5-7 yard receptions. He won’t have many big plays at the pro level. He’s been hyped up more than other rookies and has more articles written about him than what is warranted. Good player but relax the hype.

  3. If the kid can hold up, great, but he was taking alot of punishment last night, alot of big hits. I am surprised that McCaffrey wasn’t worn out from all the motions and shifting he did, every single play. The Panthers need to figure out a running game as well.

    Newton is still a great rushing threat but it is surprising that he wasn’t on the same page as his receivers alot of the time.

  4. Everyone needs to relax with McCaffrey, he ISNT THAT GOOD! He is a running back, averaging 2.7 yds/carry, and yes he has caught some balls out of the back field. But he averages 17 rush yds/game and 48 reception yds/game. That makes him the worst running back in the nfl and prob the 50th best receiver. Averaging a total of 67 yds per game is nothing special by any means. Last night the announcers said “this offense runs through McCaffrey”. Wow.

  5. With your running back getting the bulk of the receptions, it indicates to me that either your receivers are junk, or, your qb is not following progressions down the field.

  6. He is looking like a decent third down back. Nothing special. It’s the Reggie bush phenomenon. You can’t just run past people at this level. There was one back who was a superstar based on elusiveness—Barry sanders. That man will never be replicated.

  7. willycents says:
    October 13, 2017 at 8:11 am

    With your running back getting the bulk of the receptions, it indicates to me that either your receivers are junk, or, your qb is not following progressions down the field.
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    Or it indicates that he’s been covered by a linebacker and it would foolish not to take advantage of the favorable match-up.

  8. silvernblacksabbath says:
    October 13, 2017 at 9:08 am
    He’s another Reggie Bush.. Definitely should NOT have been a 1st Round pick!

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    Absolutely..Scatbacks are not 1st rd picks, are injury prone, get concussed easy and are easily found in later rounds as plug and play players.

    I still cannot believe he was taken in the top 10. Huge mistake.

  9. He may not have been a top-10 pick in other drafts, but he checked a lot of boxes for the Panthers. Pro-ready blocker in the backfield, which cant be said about many college RBs. Fantastic hands, he’s made some phenomenal catches and is the right guy for handling the quick pitches, options, and outs the Panthers like. Punt returner, not for yardage but for making the right decision when the ball is in the air and cleanly fielding it, something the Panthers have struggled with for a decade. Bottom line, he’s given Cam and the offense a piece they were sorely lacking. He’s 6 games into a rookie season, and so far has been an asset to the team. If you want to talk problems theres the offensive line and Mike Shula’s play calling…

  10. silvernblacksabbath says:
    October 13, 2017 at 9:08 am
    He’s another Reggie Bush.. Definitely should NOT have been a 1st Round pick!
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    Why? Because he’s white??

    He’s 5 games in and people have written him off. What a joke.

    Know how many rushing yards Reggie Bush had in his first 5 games? 170.

    So let’s not bury the white guy yet, hmmm?

  11. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    October 13, 2017 at 7:20 am
    Not impressed. He’ll probably also break the record for least yards per catch. Not that hard to rack up receptions when all you are doing is catching swing passes in the backfield

    For the record, I am a huge McCaffery fan. His dad is from my hometown. I hope they figure out how to use him as something other than a safety valve. I just meant to point out that if you are watching the games, their is nothing impressive about the number of catches he is racking up.

  12. ringheadcrusher says:
    October 13, 2017 at 10:24 am
    silvernblacksabbath says:
    October 13, 2017 at 9:08 am
    He’s another Reggie Bush.. Definitely should NOT have been a 1st Round pick!
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    Why? Because he’s white??

    He’s 5 games in and people have written him off. What a joke.

    Know how many rushing yards Reggie Bush had in his first 5 games? 170.

    So let’s not bury the white guy yet, hmmm?
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    McCaffrey has 105 yards rushing in 6 games.

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