The San Francisco 49ers are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the best record in the league.
Both teams sit atop their respective divisions with an immaculate 4-0 record, and it’s far from a surprise.
However, despite all the talent on both rosters, there’s one guy who has stood out the most, not only among them but in the league as a whole.
RB Christian McCaffrey is posting video-game-like numbers, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him become the first non-quarterback to win MVP since Adrian Peterson did it in 2012.
Nonetheless, as spectacular as he’s been, NFL analyst Brian Baldinger is concerned about his workload, and he urged the Niners to manage his touches throughout the course of the full 17-game season (via 95.7 The Game).
Christian McCaffrey has been incredible, but @BaldyNFL has one concern.
"They're just consistently dynamic, and he is a huge part of it in all the different ways that they use them. I just hope that, they sort of manage his touches, over the 17 game schedule. I don't care who…
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) October 3, 2023
Baldinger stated that unless you’re LaDainian Tomlinson, your body will eventually succumb after so many touches, especially considering how physically demanding that position can be.
That’s a legitimate concern, for sure, and one that the Niners will need to address sooner rather than later.
McCaffrey has struggled with injuries throughout the course of his career, and while he’s managed to stay healthy since arriving in the Bay Area, we all know the physical toll his position can take.
He’s out there almost every single offensive snap, whether it’s blocking, running, or catching passes.
The Niners should keep him on the shelf if they get up by double digits, as it’s not like they don’t have more than enough depth to make up for him.NEXT: 49ers Teammate Has Bold Prediction About Christian McCaffrey's Season