Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey didn’t anticipate having to jump about 5 feet to get over Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis during his 32-yard, first-quarter reception on Sunday.
It just instinctively happened, as everything seems to with the eighth pick of the 2017 draft.
But McCaffrey did anticipate some of the comments he heard after the 42-28 victory.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
“‘White man can jump,'” McCaffrey said with a laugh. “Got a lot of those, but I saw those coming.”
McCaffrey has been relatively quiet the past month, in terms of big games and spectacular plays. In some ways, he has been overshadowed by 2018 first-round pick DJ Moore and 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel.
Samuel actually stole the spotlight on this day, with a 33-yard touchdown run on a double reverse on which he covered 103.9 yards.
But the leap was a reminder that McCaffrey is just as dynamic as anybody on Carolina’s offense. He picked up another 25 yards after the catch to set up the first of his two touchdown runs after having only one in the first seven games.nike nfl cheap jerseys
His overall play was a reminder of just how valuable he is.
McCaffrey rushed 17 times for a team-high 79 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes on six targets for a team-high 78 yards. That’s a substantial increase from the past month.
McCaffrey averaged 11.5 rushes for 38 yards the past four games since gaining 184 yards on 28 carries in a Week 3 win against Cincinnati. He averaged 4.8 catches per game for 30.6 yards in the five games since he caught 14 passes for 102 yards in a Week 2 loss at Atlanta.