The 2019 season has been nothing short of a breakout year for Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey. It has seen him garner much recognition as not only being an MVP candidate but also arguably the best player in the league at his position. McCaffrey has tallied numerous NFL records along the way in this campaign, which he has added another remarkable mark to his resume in Week 11 action against the Atlanta Falcons.
Christian McCaffrey’s stellar 2019 campaign
In his third season in the league, McCaffrey has taken his game to the next level by continuing to produce at a career-best pace.
The Panthers have turned to lean on him further as their true three-down back with an increased workload to which he has responded with elite production. He has also become one of the most exciting players to watch on a weekly basis next to Baltimore Ravens’ star quarterback Lamar Jackson.
McCaffrey’s performance on the field has also lifted him toward being in the thick of the MVP conversation alongside the likes of Jackson, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson. He has now added yet another unique career record to his name that involves a Hall of Famer.
Christian McCaffrey passes a Hall of Famer
Since entering the NFL, McCaffrey has been the definition of a dual-threat option out of the backfield with his ability to significantly impact the running and passing game.
He has continued to remain among the most productive running backs in the game as a receiving threat. McCaffrey has racked up several NFL marks along the way. During Sunday’s blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons, he surpassed Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson for the most receptions in their first three seasons in the league, according to NFL Research.
McCaffrey has been arguably the most productive receiving threat running back as he’s on pace to put up huge numbers once again. Keep in mind, he’s coming off setting the NFL record with 107 receptions while tallying 867 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
What is even more remarkable about this feat is that he still has six more games left this year to add to that mark that will make it even more difficult to surpass. He has also become the first player in NFL history to notch over 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the first 10 games of a season.
The fact that he is putting receiving numbers in the same breath as Tomlinson only speaks the caliber of talent that he has become throughout his first three seasons.
Christian McCaffrey’s MVP bid
The Panthers have stumbled a bit over the last few weeks, falling to the .500 mark through the first 10 games of the season.
But it shouldn’t put a damper on the stellar campaign that McCaffrey is putting up. It may not hurt his candidacy to win the award, but it doesn’t help with Jackson and Wilson continuing to see their teams garner much success behind their strong play.
There are still six more games for McCaffrey to build on his production as he’s in play to lead the league in rushing while being the most productive running back in the passing game. Carolina may be in a tight position, but there is still a chance for them to make a strong push towards capturing a wildcard spot.
There will need to be plenty that needs to shake out in their favor, but the potential for a postseason berth is there. Regardless of how things unfold over the next several weeks, McCaffrey has put forth enough dazzling play to cement his status as one of the league’s top players and arguably the best running back.