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Former RB Stephen Davis sees ‘durability’ in Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey

Stephen Davis, Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has done what he can to prove his status as a workhorse back in this league. Former Panthers RB Stephen Davis feels he is more than up to the task.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding whether or not McCaffrey his physically capable of handling the heavy workload Carolina dropped on him in the 2018 NFL season. According to Joseph Person of The Athletic, Davis thinks he has already proved his durability as a player:

“When guys get that many carries, it shows their durability, their will to not quit — ‘just keep giving me the ball.’ I think Christian McCaffrey has that,” Davis said in a phone interview this week.

“And the coach that’s giving him that many carries is the guy that gave me my carries when I was in Washington — Norv Turner.”

Davis certainly knows a thing or two about what it takes to not only be a workhorse but also to succeed in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme. He had played under Turner when the two were with the Washington Redskins. It appears he sees many of the similarities with his former team today.

McCaffrey came just six touches shy of matching the franchise record set by Davis in 2003 when Carolina appeared in their first Super Bowl. Considering the drastic increase in workload the Panthers’ star experienced last year, it is safe to assume that he is well on his way to surpassing this number in the near future so long as he is able to remain healthy.