If Jonathan Stewart is concerned about losing some of his snaps to rookie Christian McCaffrey, the Carolina Panthers’ veteran running back isn’t showing it outwardly. Stewart has been dazzled by what he has seen from the first-round pick through the opening days of training camp, and what McCaffrey can bring to the offense.
“He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield running routes,” Stewart said, per The Charlotte Observer. “I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1.”
Carolina was a bit of a surprise destination for McCaffrey on draft day, but the Panthers saw the opportunity to add a dynamic playmaker who brings versatility as a runner and receiver along with his return skills.
“He’s a special player,” Stewart said. “(Offensive coordinator Mike) Shula has definitely found some pretty good ways to put him in positions to win.”
The Observer noted that McCaffrey juked linebacker Shaq Thompson during a 1-on-1 drill Sunday on McCaffrey’s double move that Stewart deemed as “deadly.”
McCaffrey’s versatile playmaking ability is seen as a complement to Stewart’s physical style. Stewart , 30, is entering his 10th season and McCaffrey’s presence is seen as a way to help keep him fresh late into the season.