Through the first month of the NFL season, Christian McCaffrey has been a true workhorse running back for the Carolina Panthers, having played 264 of a possible 268 snaps thus far.
Frankly, it's not hard to figure out why the Panthers want McCaffrey on the field this much. Through four games, he's on pace to break the NFL record for most yards from scrimmage in a single season, which Chris Johnson set back in 2009.
Many assumed we would see another ridiculous workload from McCaffrey this year after he bulked up in the offseason, but the pace he's currently on is insane.
McCaffrey has played every single snap in three-of-four games this season, and saw just four snaps on the sideline in Week 3's 38-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The heavy usage has led to McCaffrey running for 411 yards and adding another 218 yards through the air. This 629-yard total has him on pace to reach 2,516 yards from scrimmage, which would be seven yards better than the 2,509 total yards Johnson amassed back in 2009.
The main story for the Panthers this season has been the injury to Cam Newton, but replacing him with Kyle Allen at quarterback has arguably caused a spike in McCaffrey's production.
In his two games with Newton at the helm, McCaffrey had 35 runs for 165 yards and 12 catches for 97 yards. With Allen, he has 51 rushes for 246 yards and 13 catches for 121 yards receiving.
McCaffrey is clearly the focal point of Carolina's offense and he should continue producing at a high level, regardless of who the Panthers' signal-caller is for the rest of the year.
Whether or not McCaffrey manages to break the record is anyone's guess, but if he continues playing like this, he certainly has a chance.
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