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Source: Charlotte Observer

Christian McCaffrey became the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season and was rewarded by signing the richest running back contract in NFL history. Replicating that production will be tough, especially with a shortened offseason due to COVID-19. No other running back has achieved that feat more than once.

But with a new coaching staff, which has talked about their excitement to coach McCaffrey, opportunities will be there. McCaffrey says it’s up to him to execute what the coaches ask of him.

“We’ve got a heck of a quarterback and obviously Coach (Joe) Brady,” McCaffrey told the Observer. “For me, it’s just I got trust in the coaches.”

While this offseason was particularly unusual because of COVID-19, McCaffrey still made moves. In April, he signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Panthers that will keep him with the team through at least the 2025 season.

McCaffrey also lined up an endorsement deal with BODYARMOR. He and seven other athletes across sports are investing in the sports drink company, joining the likes of James Harden and Mike Trout.

The observer ask

JA: How similar or different will your role be in this offense than what it was last year?

Well, I think we’ll find out. I think the beauty of it is we have so much talent on offense. We’ve got a heck of a quarterback and obviously Coach Brady. For me, it’s just that I have trust in the coaches. They are going to put everybody in a position to succeed, so it’s my job to go out there and execute whatever I’m asked to do.

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