After he played 70 percent of the snaps in Carolina’s Week 1 win at San Francisco, head coach Ron Rivera gave indication that he and offensive coordinator Mike Shula will be scaling back on rookie RB Christian McCaffrey’s reps moving forward.
That according to ESPN.com.
“It’s like getting that new toy at Christmas,” Rivera said. “You open up the box and there’s what you’d hoped for. But you also have to be wise and smart about when you play with it and when you don’t, because you don’t want to wear the batteries out. You don’t want to break it.”
McCaffrey is a dynamic weapon out of the backfield, which is what made him a first-round draft choice. Whether his workload is scaled back in Week 2 against the Bills remains to be seen.
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1 – @ChrisBrownBills Will O.J. Howard make it to the bills at pick ten?
CB: I think every Bills fan should hope so. Buffalo would be running the card up to the table if he was still on the clock. Howard in my estimation is one of the six truly elite prospects in this class along with Garrett, Thomas, Fournette, Adams and Lattimore. You could make a strong argument for Hooker, Allen and McCaffrey too, but those are the top six as I see it.
In order for Howard to get to 10, I think at least one of the quarterback prospects has to come off the board in front of them. Ideally two of the perceived top QBs go in the top 10. That would push more of the truly elite talent down the board so the Bills have a chance to get one.
Cross your fingers.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills What is the likelihood of Buffalo trading back into the first round?
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CB: If you’re talking about moving back into the bottom of round one, I just don’t see it. Here’s why. More than one NFL talent evaluators has confirmed for me that the difference in talent level and upside from player 11 or 12 and player 49 or 50 is negligible. So to give up what is already a limited stash of draft choices (currently six) to move back into the bottom of round one to get a player who likely won’t be all that different from one you will get at 44 in round two seems ill advised.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills If the Bills pick up the option for MG, can they allocate some of that $4m into a signing bonus so it won’t be such a heavy cap hit?
CB: As I understand it the Bills have to match the terms of the contract, which would eliminate any option to restructure the deal initially. I have to check and see if and when, for example they want to extend his contract further to spread out cap hits, when they would be allowed to do so.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
If u were 2 use cereal 2 convince Whaley/McDermott who 2 draft #1, what cereal (best cereal) wld u use and who would u be convincing them 2 draft?
CB: To answer this question accurately I think you’d need to know what players were available when Buffalo was on the clock. I take my cereal very seriously. I’d prefer Lattimore or Adams and would go with Rice Chex and Cap’n Crunch on those. Lattimore can check anybody he lines up against and Adams can run and hit.
In round two I’d go with Honey Smacks (formerly known as Sugar Smacks) because I want them to take WR Zay Jones there. So the Frog on the box signals my affinity for Jones. I ‘Dig ‘Em.’
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Chris, I know it wouldn’t b a pick that would go over with most Bills fans? But can u c the Bills drafting McCaffrey?
CB: You’re right it wouldn’t be popular, but it wouldn’t be a reach or outlandish pick at all. I’m pretty confident McCaffrey goes in the top 10 somewhere. Personally I don’t think he gets past Carolina at eight. The reason why he’s so valuable is because in addition to his elite physical skill set is he can legitimately be lined up at receiver in addition to running back. He can also help on returns.
So a player with his multi-faceted production and athletic measurables to match signals top 10 talent. Not to mention his dad had a successful career in the league with Denver.
If the Bills pick him the narrative will be, ‘here they go again replacing running backs like they did with McGahee and Marshawn and Spiller.’ If the Bills don’t match the Gillislee offer sheet that line of criticism will be even louder.
What will be lost in such a scenario is the veritable matchup nightmare McCaffrey would be no matter where he lines up on the field. I believe he’s an elite talent, so he fits the value at 10.
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