Don't Sell Panthers' Christian McCaffrey Short After Injury-Plagued 2020 | Beaufort County Now | Stephania Bell chuckled when told durability and size were factors in the Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey falling to No. 5 in ESPN’s recent ranking of the NFL’s top running backs

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C.     Stephania Bell chuckled when told durability and size were factors in the Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey falling to No. 5 in ESPN's recent ranking of the NFL's top running backs based on input from league executives, coaches, scouts and players.

    Bell, ESPN's football injury analyst, understands the Panthers star missed 13 games in 2020 because of multiple injuries — high ankle sprain, shoulder, quadriceps. She also understands none were serious enough to justify surgery or indicate a trend for the 5-foot-11, 205-pound McCaffrey.

    "When you put it all together in the context of what he's done in his career, college and pro, and his ability to stay on the field and play the position he does, I'm not really worried about him," Bell said.

    Bell called each of McCaffrey's injuries "unlucky" and not an indication the 25-year-old is on the decline as happens to many backs on their second contract.

    "Combine his talent and utilization and what he can do and how much he can touch the ball and how much of a threat he can be," Bell said. "I don't know if there's anybody else that I want."

    [ ... ]

    Read the full transcript HERE on ESPN.

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