In just his eighth career NFL game, Christian McCaffrey has already done something no other Carolina Panthers running back has accomplished. When he hauled in his fourth pass of the game in the first half, it brought his season total up to 48, which is one more than any other running back in one season in franchise history.

When training camp was starting to kick into high gear, reporters routinely mentioned how intentionally the Panthers were installing McCaffrey into the game plan as a receiver. He’s been minimally effective as a pure runner, but that’s not where he’s been asked to do the bulk of his work. Instead, Carolina has relied on McCaffrey to be a threat in the passing game, and he’s done that so far.