3 reasons the Panthers should consider running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 38 in NFL Draft

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
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McCaffrey needs another back to take some of the load off

No one on Carolina’s offense last season even came close to reaching the amount of touches McCaffrey saw. The 23-year-old back got the rock a whopping 403 total times, nobody else on the Panthers offense got even 100 touches.

Feeding your running back like that is the quickest way to ensure he sees an early retirement. After investing so much money into him, hopefully the Panthers have taken notice of what’s happened to the other highly paid backs around the league.

Take Todd Gurley for example. He was considered by most as the best back in football, he received a contract that reflected that, and then he was used so much that his knees started giving out on him and now he’s on the Atlanta Falcons hoping to rejuvenate his career, and he’s only 25-years-old.

That may be an extreme example, but it’s still something the Panthers should have considered before they gave McCaffrey this new deal. If they want to get the most out of him and ensure he’s still elite when his contract is up, getting a back who can take some of the heat off should be a priority.