Eric Decker didn’t need much convincing to play football in Nashville.
One huge factor was working with young quarterback Marcus Mariota, who will be entering his third season with Tennessee. Decker said he admires Mariota and believes they will have great chemistry on the field.
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He’s among some of the most powerful guys in the league, Rangers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy told Sporting News. You put him up there with Aaron Judge, you put him up there with Giancarlo Stanton, in terms of power.
Since being drafted by Carolina in April, McCaffrey’s in-person interactions with the Panthers prior to Thursday were limited to a two-day rookie camp in the first week of May.
When McCaffrey was home in Colorado, he relied on nightly phone calls with Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper, who spent 45 minutes to an hour per day reviewing, explaining and quizzing the rookie running back on the latest batch of plays that the team had installed.
McCaffrey texted with his fellow running backs and studied the Panthers’ linebackers because that’s who you go against every day. He trained with strength and speed coach Loren Landow, and he worked on his route running with his father, former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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McCaffrey said several times that the rule that kept him from using Carolina’s facilities is what it is, but the rookie is in favor of changing it.
I would, he said, or at least make some exceptions.