How McCaffrey exceeded sky-high 49ers expectations originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Christian McCaffrey has certainly lived up to expectations for the 49ers through eight games with the team so far.
San Francisco traded for the 26-year-old running back on Oct. 21 before the NFL’s trade deadline, sending 2023 second-, third-, and fourth-round draft picks and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Panthers. Carolina.
The thought of how coach Kyle Shanahan would use the multi-faceted McCaffrey in his offensive plan immediately excited the Faithful 49ers. Shanahan has made the most of the running back since the acquisition, but McCaffrey’s production has exceeded what even the coach expected of him.
“Just that he was exactly as advertised,” Shanahan told reporters Tuesday. “Everyone, we knew what we were getting from what we see on tape, but everyone was telling us how hard he worked, how consistent he was, how quickly he would be able to pick things up. , and that’s what impressed me the most because everyone told us that, but I think it was even stronger than that.
Since joining the 49ers, McCaffrey ranks No. 1 in receptions, No. 2 in yards, No. 1 in yards after catch, No. 1 in first downs and No. 1 in scoring. PFF reception among the ball carriers.
Truly, the numbers for the 49ers since acquiring McCaffrey speak for themselves.
Overall, the 49ers star has 115 carries, 534 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Meanwhile, in the air, McCaffrey has 41 receptions, 346 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
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The Stanford product is clearly enjoying being back in the bay, and he’ll be looking to continue his dominance against the Washington Commanders on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium.
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