Christian McCaffrey: Rule keeping him from Panthers OTAs ‘sucks’

Christian McCaffrey’s transition to the NFL hasn’t been the easiest.

The Panthers running back has been unable to participate in the team’s OTAs due to a league rule that prohibits rookies from fully participating in offseason workouts until the last day of their school’s final exams.

“It sucks,” McCaffrey said, via the team’s website, “it’s really tough.”

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said the league can still do more to protect quarterbacks. That doesn’t necessarily mean more rules changes, but it also doesn’t mean things are just fine the way they are.

“It’s never fine,” Vincent told Omnisport Tuesday. “I just went over the training camp video for points of emphasis and new rule changes for the 2017 season and one of those points of emphasis is protection; that low hit on the QB. You have some cases in which it was just a fluke, where you watched the video — like with Marcus, just a bad turn of the ankle.

“And you see some where the defender is responsible, where that Jerseys For Cheap shoulder pad or helmet ends. You really want to keep those bodies off the quarterbacks’ knee area or slightly below. It’s always a concern of ours. We’re always looking at it. We know that quarterback play drives our game.”

The Browns had a turnstile at quarterback last season and Kids Cheap Jerseys China Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has been the focal point of several debates when it comes to protecting quarterbacks, missed a game last season with a concussion after he was hit scrambling on a two-point conversion attempt.

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