The NFL may have become a pass-heavy league, but don’t tell Panthers star Christian McCaffrey that running backs like himself have lost any value.
McCaffrey is considered by many to be the best running back in the NFL, and he just signed a four-year contract extension with the Panthers in April that will be worth up to $64 million. McCaffrey, who turns 24 in June, rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 116 catches for 1,0005 yards and four touchdowns through the air. His 116 receptions are the most for a running back in NFL history.
McCaffrey joined the Cody & Gold Show to support Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu’s Radiothon, which is raising money for COVID-19 relief. During his interview, McCaffrey also spoke on the Chiefs’ decision to select LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 32 overall in the first round.
McCaffrey had high praise for Edwards-Helaire.
“That’s the biggest thing – he can do everything,” McCaffrey said. “The running back position is kind of turning into, you know, I never looked at myself as a running back. I always looked at myself as a football player, as somebody who can, I can line up in the slot, I can line up out wide. Obviously, I have a lot to work on, but I took pride in being a complete back. So when I say complete back, I mean somebody who can kind of do it all.
“So you look at a guy like Clyde, I’ve seen a lot of LSU tape … he’s a guy who’s very instinctive. He can run the ball. He’s quick. He makes people miss. And when he runs routes, he looks like (Darren) Sproles. Obviously, a shorter guy – he’s by no means small, but he is shorter. But he’s quick as hell, and he’s able to make guys miss before the ball is in his hands and get open and run any route. When you see guys like that, I like to call them football players, not just running backs.”