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Panthers OC: Get ball to ‘Christian McCaffrey in any way we can’

Christian McCaffrey is poised to join the elite 1,000/1,000 club against Saints in Week 17

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey runs off the field after the Panthers defeated the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey needs just 67 receiving yards to become the third player to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 1,000 yards. And his offensive coordinator Scott Turner is going to help facilitate his goal for that coveted stat. Turner says that “he will try to get the ball to Christian McCaffrey in any way he can on Sunday.”

Roger Craig was the first player to reach those numbers back in 1985 and then Marshall Faulk did it in 1999. But there is another record McCaffrey could shoot for and that is Chris Johnson’s record for most total scrimmage yards in a season. Johnson’s record is 2,509 yards while McCaffrey sets at 2,294 yards, 11th on the list at the moment.

McCaffrey will move up the total yards list against the Saints on Sunday, but just how much and how fast might determine his workload for the game. If he can quickly get on pace for the 216 total yards it would take to pass Johnson, we could see him go for the record but I doubt they beat him into the ground based solely on that number.

As usual, McCaffrey is expensive on DraftKings but we know he’ll get his 67 yards receiving and that should put his numbers on pace for his usual big game, so he will once again be the top play at running back on the slate.