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Sportsnaut Logo By Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut | Slide 2 of 16

Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers: Utilizing Christian McCaffrey

It’s interesting. When we look at McCaffrey’s game tape in his debut against San Francisco last week, it didn’t seem that he made a huge impact. Then, when we check out the stat sheet, that changes a bit. The rookie gained 85 yards on 18 touches in the game. Not a bad debut at all.

More than this, McCaffrey forces defenses to account for him in a big way in the passing game. Not only did he catch five balls against San Francisco, he helped receivers get wide open down the field. It’s now up to a rusty Cam Newton to actually show more accuracy down the field. It will be interesting to see how Carolina utilizes McCaffrey schematically in Week 2 and whether it mirrors what we saw in the opener.

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