The Panthers have implemented a unique practice plan for running back Christian McCaffrey of "off-days intermixed with practicing sans constraints" this traning camp in order to manage his overall health heading into the season according to NFL.com's Grant Gordon. (Grant Gordon, NFL.com)
The oft-injured stud running back has embraced the approach saying the "days off are important" but also added that he puts in a lot of work with trainers and strength and conditioning coaches on those off-days too. McCaffrey looks to play an entire season for the first time since 2019 when he ran for 1,387 yards and hauled in another 1,005 through the air while combined for 19 touchdowns. Since then, he has played in just 10 of 27 games over the past two seasons due various ailments. Before the injuries began to pop up, McCaffrey had played in 48 consecutive games to begin his career. Even with all of his injuries, McCaffrey still averages 4.6 yards per carry for his career, having amassed 3,587 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground. Even more amazingly he has nearly as many receiving yards, 3,015, for an 8.4 yards per reception and an additional 17 touchdowns which reminds fantasy managers why they are willing to pay the hefty first-round price tag for McCaffrey. They are also all hoping this health management plan works too and McCaffrey can return to his "Run-CMC" days that lead to him being named All-Pro in 2019.