Christian McCaffrey: "I play with a chip on my shoulder"

Phillip Butler
March 4, 2017

Added Del Rio: "Christian McCaffrey is first of all, an wonderful young man. ..."

No team had asked about it, Fournette said.

"That'd be awesome, that'd be great, I'd love to play there, " McCaffrey said. The Stanford contingent is likely to live up to the Cardinal's strong pedigree in the National Football League; all four players are expected to make a significant impact in the NFL. Given his production at Stanford, he expressed a little confusion at why some have questioned his ability to transition to a full-time player in the NFL. I also don't care too much, I don't feel like I'm insane disrespected. You know what, I understand it now. Another Stanford alumnus, San Fransisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, admitted that he wasn't a fan of McCaffrey's decision and went on to share that he knows players skipping bowl games for this reason "really bothers" a lot of National Football League front office personnel.

However, it is true that debates about which RB in this year's draft is the best include two players, and neither is McCaffrey. It's their last game, ' and this and that. McCaffrey chose to skip the bowl game and get going with his pro career, a decision that made sense to many but raised eyebrows to others. That's probably all I'll talk about it that anymore. Fournette did not play in the Citrus Bowl.

"My teammates...every single one of them supported me, had my back", McCaffrey said. McCaffrey is projected as a late first-round pick, and could well be available when the Raiders select No. 24 overall.


It's safe to say McCaffrey has some work to do during the on-field drills to make up for his lackluster performance on the bench.

In the first 20 years of his life, he followed a similar path as both his parents-a multi-sport athlete from the peewee level, all the way through high school, to attending Stanford University to study and play sports. Michigan's star tight end is this year's cautionary tale after tearing an ACL in the Wolverines' 33-32 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. "Just being there my last game with my teammates and my coaches and my fan base, I think that was the most important thing".

"I don't think there's anybody else that can do all the things I can as far as run between the tackles, outside pass protect, play X, Z, slot, and do a lot of bunch of stuff in the return game, also".

McCaffrey also knows Oakland coach Jack Del Rio well. "And I think you're going to see the same thing".

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