PFF: Christian McCaffrey still best receiving running back in the NFL

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The NFL is loaded with some incredible talents at the running back position. Derrick Henry has surpassed Marshawn Lynch as the game’s greatest power back, Nick Chubb is enjoying a meteoric rise and studs like Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook and Saquon Barkley remain some of the most dynamic offensive players in football.

We can debate who the best of them is, but there’s no denying that when it comes to catching the ball Christian McCaffrey is at the top of the list. Pro Football Focus has named the Panthers’ star the best receiving back in the league, and they brought some stats to prove it.

“Since 2018, he leads the NFL in yards after the catch (1,983) and has just a 2.6% career drop rate — the lowest among running backs with 100 targets since 2017.”

McCaffrey should still have many years of quality football left in him. Before he’s done he might be known as the best receiver to ever play his position. It’s certainly tough to think of another back capable of this.

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NFL.com ranks Christian McCaffrey league's second-best RB behind Derrick Henry