Film Room: Christian McCaffery shines in short stint vs. Titans

The scoreboard may have shown Titans 34, Panthers 27, but the tape shows some brilliant play from Carolina rookie sensation Christian McCaffery.

McCaffery may have only played nine snaps [url=http://www.hl-sapporo.com/curtis-samuel-jersey-c-1_39.html]http://www.hl... the Titans on Saturday, but he easily filled the highlight reel and box score.

McCaffery rushed three times for 33 yards, including a 17-yard scamper for a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 39 yards, one of those for 38 yards on a screen.

Let’s dive into those two plays in particular to see what went right to allow McCaffrey to go off.

The Panthers line up in 12 personnel with Kelvin Benjamin in close to the formation at X and Devin Funchess split out at Z. Greg Olsen is the in-line Y tight end and Ed Dickson lines up at fullback, with McCaffery at tailback.

Andrew Norwell is the pulling guard and collides with the edge defender down the line of scrimmage. This looks like your typical trap play with Dickson leading up the middle. That’s really all McCaffery needed, as he let his speed to the rest. Norwell’s block sealing the edge and Dickson’s block up the middle springs the hole open, McCaffery finds it, races to the edge past the second level and into the end zone for [url=http://www.hssmstore.com/james-bradberry-jersey-c-1_23.html]http://www.h... first career touchdown.

Credit also goes to Benjamin for selling the post route and taking the cornerback with him, opening up the right side of the field.

The Panthers again are in 12 personnel, as Dickson is again lined up in the backfield, lining up directly behind the tackle and tight end. Benjamin and Funchess line up in twins to the left, tight end right. The receivers all clear out, leaving space in the short field for McCaffery to operate.

The Titans send a cornerback on the blitz, but the Panthers let him go, which is what you want on a quick screen: let defenders come up and attack and take themselves out of the play. Excellent job by Trai Turner. A quick punch, selling pass protection, then getting out and making the block for McCaffery in the open field. Tyler Larsen, the backup center, also does a nice job staying with his block, as McCaffery races past them, also picking up extra yards thanks to an extra block downfield by Dickson, resulting in a gain of 38.

Next week is the regular season tune-up against [url=http://www.yadeos.com/graham-gano-jersey-c-1_32.html]Graham Gano Jersey[/url] the Jacksonville Jaguars, so expect to see quite a bit more of No. 22, and potentially more highlights.