Chuba Hubbard learned Thursday night how the “Next Man Up” works in the NFL.
The Panthers ran behind Rookie to replace Christian McCaffrey in the second quarter vs. Texans.
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Halfbird got just two carry before halftime. One of them was a fourth and -1 attempt in which he was briefly stopped. Nonetheless, he was de facto No. 1 for the rest of Thursday and could remain in the role for the next few weeks. In Carolina’s 2-9–9 victory, he had a total of 14 touchdowns (11 rush, three receptions) in the y yard.
“It was a difficult situation. You never want to see a teammate, especially a Christian, go down,” Hubbard said.
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Hubbard had the draft selection on the third day after a trade
The Panthers traded with the Titans to snatch extra picks in the middle and final round of the 2021 NFL Draft. One of their picks was at No. 126 overall, where they took Hubbard.
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Hubbard said after the draft that he was ready to make big plays for professionals.
“It’s kind of hard for me to describe, I think I have a different or unique running style,” Hubbard said on the Panthers website. “But I know one thing about me is that I’m a playmaker. I think I can score goals from any part of the field, and I can bring a lot to the Panthers.”
Hubbard is a Canadian importer
Hubbard, 22, was born in Edmonton and grew up in Shortwood Park, Alta, where he played his prep football. He was assigned to the state of Oklahoma, where he played three seasons. He collected 3,459 racing yards, 479 receiving yards and 36 total touchdowns in 33 career games with the Cowboys.
As a sophomore in 2019, he led FBS with 21 racing touchdowns and a total of 2,292 yards away from Schememaze in 13 games. He was a Big 12 offensive player and the first team in Sporting News to be All-American.
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The collegiate receptions of his 54 careers are a sign that the Panthers could use him in a passing game, although he will likely be downgraded from McCaffrey outside of backfield.
Hubbard will definitely be a discount-wire target
McCaffrey, as expected, was the center of crime for the Panthers during the team’s first two-plus games. He touched more than half of the team during Carolina’s 2-0 start (59). Hubbard had just 10 touchdowns in two games.
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Hackbird owned 17 percent of the Yahoo League and 11 percent of the ESPN League at the time of McCaffrey’s injury, respectively. This percentage is forced to rise rapidly after his work on Thursday.
“You’ll be able to do everything you can to run: pass, catch the ball and run the ball. It’s been a stressful thing for me over the last year and I feel like I’ve made progress in it, of course,” he said, adding to his first-season responsibilities. Said about.
Panthers coach Matt Rule told NFL Network’s Erin Andrews half-time that experienced backup Royce Freeman would also be part of the offense in the second half against Houston. Freeman got his first touch in 2021 after McCaffrey left the game but Hubbard got most of the work. Freeman finished with six touchdowns for 25 yards.
Freeman played three seasons with the Broncos before joining the Panthers in the final offseason.