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Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has played every offensive snap in first two games

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey didn’t have a game on Thursday night, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t on the field. According to Pro Football Talk McCaffrey has played every offensive snap through the first two games for the Panthers.

In Week 1 McCaffrey had 29 touches against the Los Angeles Rams and in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he touched the ball 18 times. That puts him on pace for 376 touches throughout the season which is more than he had last year.

Earlier this summer Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he would have as many touches this year as last year, but he wouldn’t be on the field as much.

“I’ve had six different guys who have had more than 400 touches. So he’s not even close to some of the guys I’ve been with,” Turner said via Pro Football Talk. “He’s on the field 90 percent of the time. We need to get someone else on the field, but we’re not going to minimize his carries or touches.”

That was the chatter in July, and it seems so far they haven’t found someone else they trust to get out on the field to give McCaffrey a break.

Running back Jordan Scarlett did get five snaps in the opener against the Rams, but it was when McCaffrey was still on the field.

Going forward, McCaffrey is going to still have a gigantic role on the team, but at some point, it seems he is going to need to get a breather.