The NFL has gone to great lengths to protect quarterbacks with numerous rules changes designed to reduce injuries to the league’s highest-paid players.
Despite those efforts, young quarterbacks like Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr suffered serious leg injuries last season. Mariota and Carr each had broken fibulas, while Tannehill injured both the MCL and ACL in his left knee last December.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn’t a fan of the outdated rule either, despite its good intentions to guarantee rookies complete their final semester of college.
“I just think if a young man on his own is not going to enroll, don’t hold that against him,” Rivera said after Monday’s workout, via ESPN. “You don’t know who you’re going to get through the draft. If those young men decided on their own, then they’re being punished for something that is their choice.
“It really only hurts the player. He’s got to come in [late] and learn and grow and fit in. … Until something changes, we’ve got to follow it.”
McCaffrey won’t be permitted to work out with the Panthers’ veterans until the second of a three-day mandatory minicamp on June 14. To ensure he’ll be prepared when he is allowed to join the team, McCaffrey has been going over parts of the playbook with running backs coach Jim Skipper.
“He’ll quiz me over the phone, and then I’ll go over everything, and he’ll tell me Wholesale Cheap Jerseys what to learn for the next day,” McCaffrey said. “You can still get the plays down and get good Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys training when you’re home, but nothing will ever compete with actually getting the reps on the field, being with the guys.
“It is what it is. That’s the rule, and we’ll just have to deal with it.”
McCaffrey, who turns 21 June 7, was selected eighth overall by Carolina in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. The Stanford product was a Heisman finalist in 2015 when he set an NCAA record with 3,864 all-purpose yards.