The dual-threat running back was incredible in 2019, rushing for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 116 catches for 1,005 yards and another four scores through the air. But injuries have kept him off the field and diminished his effectiveness even when he does line up in the backfield, and he was actually the subject of some trade rumors this offseason, on the heels of a two-year stretch in which his total yards (1,159) were less than half of what he produced in 2019 alone (2,392).
If McCaffrey is back to his peak self, that’ll make life easier for whoever lines up under center, whether that’s the perpetually disappointing Sam Darnold or Matt Corral, who was one of the most notable members of Carolina’s 2022 draft class.
That said, the Panthers still have a long upward climb back to prominence while coming off a 5-12 season.
2022 Carolina Panthers Schedule
|1||vs. Cleveland Browns||Sunday, Sept. 11||1:00 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||@ New York Giants||Sunday, Sept. 18||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|3||vs. New Orleans Saints||Sunday, Sept. 25||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|4||vs. Arizona Cardinals||Sunday, Oct. 2||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|5||vs. San Francisco 49ers||Sunday, Oct. 9||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||@ Los Angeles Rams||Sunday, Oct. 16||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|7||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sunday, Oct. 23||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|8||@ Atlanta Falcons||Sunday, Oct. 30||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|9||@ Cincinnati Bengals||Sunday, Nov. 6||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||vs. Atlanta Falcons||Thursday, Nov. 10||8:15 p.m. ET||Prime Video|
|11||@ Baltimore Ravens||Sunday, Nov. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|12||vs. Denver Broncos||Sunday, Nov. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14||@ Seattle Seahawks||Sunday, Dec. 11||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|15||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||Sunday, Dec. 18||1:00 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||vs. Detroit Lions||Saturday, Dec. 24||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|17||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sunday, Jan. 1||1:00 p.m. ET||FOX|
|18||@ New Orleans Saints||TBD||TBD||TBD|