Despite McCaffrey's overwhelming success last season -- 1,098 rushing yards and seven TDs on 219 attempts, and 867 receiving yards and six TDs on 107 receptions -- lessening his workload has been a stated goal of the Panthers this offseason.
The 22-year-old, however, doesn't see the need for the Panthers to curtail his playing time or touches.
"I played in every game last year, felt great," McCaffrey told ESPN. "I can do it again. I feel I can do it over the next many years. ... I would definitely like the ball as much as possible. ... That's why I train."
Offseason plans to lessen McCaffrey's workload are easy to discuss. Under the fire of meaningful games, it would take a concerted, disciplined effort for the Panthers coaching staff to take such a dynamic, game-changing dual-threat back like CMC off the field.
Currently, Cameron Artis-Payne, Elijah Hood and Reggie Bonnafon are the other backs on the roster. None would provide McCaffrey more than a brief breather. The Panthers could add a mid-round pick to pair with their dynamic runner. Wouldn't CMC reuniting with former Stanford teammate Bryce Love make for a great story and tandem?