Christian McCaffrey sets internet on fire with photo of his crazy pumped-up physique

Christian McCaffrey isn’t skipping biceps day at the gym. Or any day. Or any hour.

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The Carolina Panthers tweeted a photo of their star running back doing drills on Tuesday, which isn’t unusual for a team to do. But what stood out is McCaffrey looking like he could step out of the agility drill and into a bodybuilding competition.

Mental note: Don’t mess with Christian McCaffrey.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey at the team's first practice of training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 09: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs against the Houston Texans during the preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 9, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 31: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers watches on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 25: NFL player Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers sits down to play 'Call of Duty: WWII' during its first beta via livestream at The Westin Charlotte on August 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images for Activision)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers looks on during pregame warm ups prior to playing the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers warms up during pregame warm ups prior to playing the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 24: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 12, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 01: Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) gets around end during a game between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers on October 1, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 29: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers looks on before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Bucs 17-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 05: Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) celebrates a touchdown during 1st half of the Carolina Panthers versus the Atlanta Falcons on November 5, 2017, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Running Back Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) during the first half between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers on December 24, 2017 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Jim Dedmon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Christian McCaffrey not an undersized back, apparently

It’s not like anyone has ever questioned if McCaffrey is in shape, but there was a reason Tuesday’s photo got attention. He weighed 202 pounds at the combine and is listed at NFL.com at 205 pounds. He did just 10 bench press reps at the combine.

In his NFL.com post-combine draft report, it says he “lacks desired size of an every-down back.” Well that has changed.

Photos can be deceiving. Everyone spent an entire offseason freaking out over Eddie Lacy’s weight after one practice picture went viral a few years ago, though the consensus was that picture was just a bad angle.

McCaffrey probably won’t be complaining if the Panthers’ angle added 10 pounds (or more), because it appears to be all muscle.

McCaffrey’s photo gets attention

It’s not like McCaffrey wasn’t ripped coming out of Stanford ...

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in 2017. (AP)

He was a top-10 pick for the reason. He carried the Panthers’ offense on his back last season and never seemed to tire. He’s an elite athlete and has the physique to match.

But for those who haven’t taken a close look, Tuesday’s viral photo was a shocker. It’s a rare case of an athlete not minding when he’s trending on social media.

 

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