Christian McCaffrey getting Wednesdays off are the ‘new norm’
When you do as much as Christian McCaffrey does for the Carolina Panthers, you tend to get some days to rest during the season. By way of Tiffany Blackmon, Ron Rivera said McCaffrey getting Wednesdays off is the ‘new norm’ this season.
How's Christian McCaffrey doing? Coach Ron Rivera told me CMC's back is a little sore, but he is doing just fine. He did not practice yesterday, but Rivera said that the "Wednesday off day" is the new norm for CMC #keeppounding pic.twitter.com/h9voFjbyEA
— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) October 10, 2019
The Panthers do-it-all running back missed practice on Wednesday due to a back injury. However, Rivera doesn’t believe the injury to be anything that could put his status for Week 6 in jeopardy.
In the first five games of the season, McCaffrey has been nothing short of remarkable for Carolina. The dual-threat running back currently leads the NFL with 587 rushing yards this season.
Along with his rushing numbers, McCaffrey has 866 yards from scrimmage (most in the NFL) for the Panthers. In comparison, the New York Jets as a team have garnered just 718 yards of offense this season.
Additionally, the Panthers running back is on pace to break Chris Johnson’s single-season scrimmage yards record that he set in 2009. At this moment, McCaffrey is set to gain 2,771 yards from scrimmage this season (Johnson’s record stands at 2,509 yards).
So far this season, defenses have been unable to slow down the Stanford product. It appears that Carolina is attempting to keep him fresh by limiting his workload during the week of practice.
Ever since Cam Newton went out with an injury after Week 2, Christian McCaffrey has carried the Panthers offense to three straight wins to improve to 3-2 on the season. As long as he continues to dominate the way he has, Rivera and the coaching staff likely don’t care how many days he takes off during the week.