Andy Behrens explains why McCaffrey's usage might go down in Week 3.
ANDY BEHRENS: Well, you probably don't need me to tell you to start Christian McCaffrey, first of all. But I do think it's worth noting that that guy did not come off the field in week two, like literally played every offensive snap for the Niners, had 23 touches. He played 85% of the snaps the week before, too. This is Carolina era usage for McCaffrey.
It doesn't seem like it can hold. It doesn't seem like it should hold. Last season, in games in which both McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell were healthy, McCaffrey averaged 15.5 touches. Mitchell was getting 11. It was a little bit of a committee, obviously in favor of McCaffrey They just got to think about getting to, you know, December, January, with a fully operational, fully healthy Christian McCaffrey. I'm just really surprised at that usage so far.
I think it probably tilts a little bit into Mitchell's favor this week. You know, I mean, he didn't play at all last week. So anything at all would be promising if you've got Mitchell stashed somewhere. But this sets up as a game, where we should see some Mitchell in the second half, right. If the game holds to form, if it's a double digit margin, we should get somebody other than Christian McCaffrey in that backfield for a minute.