During this past weekend’s rookie camp, the Green Bay Packers had one member that was well-known by his last name alone.
Max McCaffrey, son of former New York Giants and Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and brother to future star in the making and eighth overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, Christian McCaffrey. The McCaffrey name has been a hot commodity over the last couple months, with Christian being linked to Packers prior to his stock increasing day-by-day since the combine. He was eventually selected by the Carolina Panthers, but would have been a nice thought to see him join his brother in Green Bay.
Per ESPN.com, Max could participate with the rookie class of 2017 by not being active during the 2016 season. He joined the Packers on December 20, 2016 and signed to the practice squad. He was moved to the active roster prior to the NFC Championship game before eventually being inactive for the game. His move to active was due to Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison all with injuries and the team unsure what their role would be in that championship game.
Although, his younger brother was highly sought after in this draft, Max went undrafted last season out of Duke. This past off-season, he worked out with his younger brother, Christian back in their Colorado home. Christian might have been looking to make a name for himself in the draft, but Max is looking to do the same in Green Bay this year.
“I did speed and acceleration work with him twice a week,” Max said during this weekend’s rookie camp. “Then I worked out with my dad twice a week for receiver stuff, lifted five days a week and did some other receiver drills.”
Max talked about how different it was to see his brother get drafted, while he signed with the Oakland Raiders following not being drafted in 2016.
“Completely different for him,” Max said, chuckling. “It was cool to see him go through all stuff. He worked his ass off and put himself in a position where he deserved that, so I was really excited for him. There was all the preparation and media hype around him and I think he handled that really well, and I think he’s in a great position now. I’m excited to watch him.”
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) May 5, 2017
Panthers draft Max McCaffrey's little brother 8th overall.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) April 28, 2017
The hype of Christian is real and he will have plenty of success in the pros as a member of his new football team. However, this is the Packers and that is all that matters to us, Max might not be the big name of the McCaffrey group, but he still has made it to the pros, not many can say that. If he does what he can and plays his game, I can see him making this team as a member of special teams. Sometimes that is all you need to get your name out there.
Do you think Max will not only make this roster, but be active and play in at least one NFL game in 2017?