Christian McCaffrey’s versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions.
McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four TDs this season. He became the third player in NFL history to finish with at least 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season, joining Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig, who is on the senior ballot for the Hall this year.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap
McCaffrey was selected as the first-team running back and the top flex player in voting by the 50 members of a nationwide media panel who regularly cover the NFL. The flex position was created in 2016 to reward players who epitomize the way offense is now played in pro football. No one fits that description better than McCaffrey, whose terrific season came for a 5-11 team.
“It means a lot,” says McCaffrey, a third-year pro. “It is a big honor, and that is something that you don’t work hard for it, but when it comes you are really grateful and appreciative.”
New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore were unanimous selections. It’s the second straight season both made the squad, Thomas doing it with an NFL-record 149 catches and Gilmore anchoring the league’s top-ranked defense.
Ravens sensation Lamar Jackson, who in his second season led Baltimore to a league-best 14-2 mark, was chosen as the quarterback. Jackson and McCaffrey were among 14 first-time All-Pros.cheap nike nfl jerseys china
Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle witnessed the jukes and jaunts of Jackson firsthand during a 45-6 Ravens romp on Nov. 25.
“When you get on the field and you get to the speed of what they run, it’s tough,” says Weddle, a former All-Pro and Jackson’s teammate in Baltimore last season. “I mean, some of the plays I didn’t know who had the ball because they run it so efficiently. [Jackson] is one of a kind; he’s pretty special.”
This special class includes several multiple-time All-Pros: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, each for a fifth time; and Cowboys right guard Zack Martin and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker for a fourth time.
Bears kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson made his third All-Pro roster, as did Eagles center Jason Kelce and Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins.