The Buffalo Bills have been in rumors recently they have reached out to the Carolina Panthers in regard to stud running back Christian McCaffrey. This is a trade that makes perfect sense for both teams involved, and Buffalo could be the perfect landing spot for CMC.
Just two days ago it was reported that the Bills were among the teams that were interested in the stud running back Christian Mccaffrey. The Panthers just fired their head coach Matt Rhule, and the Panthers seem to be entering a rebuilding phase this year as they have not gotten off to the start that they were looking to get out to.
The Panthers sit at 1-4 currently. The Baker Mayfield experiment is not working out, and Mayfield is going to miss some time with an injury he suffered this past week. Sam Darnold is also still sidelined with an injury meaning that PJ Walker will get the nod to start for the Panthers this weekend against the Rams.
There is a lot wrong in Carolina right now. The season has not gone the way they had hoped it to go, the head coach has just been fired, which makes perfect sense for the Panthers to start unloading some of the major talent they have.
Christian McCaffrey is one of the best running backs in the league when healthy. His pass-catching ability along with his elusiveness and quickness in the open field is unlike any other back in the league. The one thing Buffalo has been missing the past couple of years on the offensive side of the ball is a solid running game.
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Why The Bills Need McCaffrey
So far this season Josh Allen is the Bills leading rusher. That is not necessarily a good thing when you’re talking about being two-dimensional on offense. Christian Mccaffrey can immediately come in and provide a spark to that very depleted running game.
Last season Singeltary finished with 870 yards and Josh Allen finished with just about 100 less. For the vast majority of the season, however, Singeltary was not much on the ground, leading to Allen having to be the lead rusher for this team. And the Bills don’t want that at all. They don’t want Allen taking any more unnecessary hits than he needs to take.
To fit in this offense as a running back, you have to be an explosive runner and great in the open field as well as a great catcher of the ball as Allen loves to check down to his running backs. Mccaffrey is one of the best receiving backs in all of football and is so dangerous with the ball in his hands.
Buffalo has got all kinds of staff ties to McCaffrey: coordinator Ken Dorsey, QBs coach Joe Brady and offensive assistant Mike Shula were all in prominent roles with the Panthers during CMC’s Carolina career. He’d fit in right away as another outlet for Allen. Thus pushing Singletary back towards more of a complimentary role and going in when Mccaffrey needs a break or when they need to run the ball downhill.
Zack Moss would most likely be the most affected by this move, as he would almost certainly be pushed out of the picture in Buffalo.
Buffalo doesn’t necessarily have to have and establish a run game to be a successful team and offense, they have already shown how well they can move the ball by being one-dimensional because Josh Allen and his receiving core are just so damn good. But this move would provide an upgrade at the running back position and keep defenses on their toes about who they need to guard and what they need to play.
They could hand off to CMC or throw to him out of the backfield on a wheel route, the possibilities are endless. Then you also have to account for Diggs, Davis, Knox, Mackenzie, etc. You can never have enough weapons at your disposal, especially if you’re Josh Allen.
The only risk you take with CMC is his injury history. He has been notoriously injured the past couple of years always going out with some kind of injury. So far this year he has remained healthy in a very bad Carolina offense, but he has remained productive.
So far on the year he has averaged 4.5 yards per carry and has 324 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. He has also added 26 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown through the air as well.
Josh Allen has accounted for every Buffalo Bills touchdown this year except for one. Last week when James Cook had the touchdown run when the game was out of reach. Buffalo is going to need some other guys to step up and contribute and bringing in a guy like CMC would be a huge boost to an already elite offense.
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