Max McCaffrey

American football player and coach (born 1994)

American football player
Max McCaffrey
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McCaffrey with the Green Bay Packers in 2017
Miami Dolphins
Position:Offensive assistant
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-17) May 17, 1994 (age 30)
Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
College:Duke (2012–2015)
Career history
As a player:
  • Oakland Raiders (2016)*
  • Green Bay Packers (2016)
  • New Orleans Saints (2017)*
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2017)
  • Green Bay Packers (2017)*
  • San Francisco 49ers (2017–2019)
  • DC Defenders (2020)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:4
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at PFR

Maxwell James McCaffrey (born May 17, 1994) is an American former wide receiver and coach who is an offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Duke Blue Devils and signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2016. A member of the McCaffrey football family, he is the son of Ed and older brother of Christian and Luke.

College career

In 53 games at Duke (38 starts), McCaffrey caught 117 passes for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns, and twice received Academic All-ACC honors. In 2015, he started all 13 games, making 52 receptions for 643 yards (12.4 per catch) and five touchdowns.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.46 s 1.54 s 2.60 s 4.15 s 7.09 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
9 reps
All values from Pro Day[2]

Oakland Raiders

On April 30, 2016, McCaffrey signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft.[3] On August 29, he was released by the Raiders.[4]

Green Bay Packers

On December 20, 2016, McCaffrey was signed to the Packers' practice squad.[5] On January 21, 2017, McCaffrey was promoted to the active roster prior to the NFC Championship matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, as insurance for Jordy Nelson.[6][7] However, he did not actually play in the championship game itself. He remained with the Packers through the ensuing offseason and the 2017 preseason, before being waived on September 2.[8]

New Orleans Saints

On September 3, 2017, McCaffrey was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad.[9]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On September 12, 2017, McCaffrey was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars active roster off the Saints' practice squad after Allen Robinson was placed on injured reserve.[10] In Week 5, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he made his first NFL catch, a four-yard reception.[11] He was waived by the Jaguars on October 21.[12]

Green Bay Packers (second stint)

On October 24, 2017, McCaffrey was signed to the Packers' practice squad.[13]

San Francisco 49ers

On December 13, 2017, McCaffrey was signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a two-year deal off the Packers' practice squad.[14]

On August 29, 2018, McCaffrey was waived/injured by the 49ers after having foot surgery and was placed on injured reserve.[15] He was released the next day. He was suspended for the first four weeks of the season on September 7,[16] and reinstated from suspension on October 2. He was re-signed to the 49ers' practice squad on November 27.[17] On December 29, McCaffrey was promoted to the active roster.[18]

On August 3, 2019, McCaffrey was waived by the 49ers.[19]

DC Defenders

On October 15, 2019, McCaffrey was drafted in the eighth round of the 2019 XFL draft by the DC Defenders.[20]

McCaffrey was suspended by the NFL for 10 weeks on October 25.[21] He was reinstated from suspension on December 30.

Deciding to join his father at the University of Northern Colorado and accepting a job as the wide receivers coach for the Bears in January 2020,[22] he was released before the start of the regular season.

Coaching career

On January 14, 2020, McCaffrey joined his father on the University of Northern Colorado coaching staff as a wide receivers coach, after abruptly leaving the DC Defenders days into training camp.

McCaffrey was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in the summer of 2021. As the OC, he still worked with the wide receivers.[23]

On March 10, 2023, it was announced that McCaffrey would be an offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins.[24]

Personal life

Max is the eldest son of Ed and Lisa McCaffrey. His younger brother Christian, was drafted in the first round as a running back by the Carolina Panthers before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, and played the same position at Stanford. His younger brother Dylan[25] played for University of Northern Colorado, as a quarterback. His youngest brother, Luke, is now a wide receiver for the Washington Commanders. His father was a wide receiver in the National Football League for thirteen seasons from 1991–2003 where he played for the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.[26] His uncle Billy, played two seasons of basketball at Duke and played on the 1991 national championship team before transferring to Vanderbilt and sharing SEC Player of the Year honors in 1992–93.


  1. ^ "Max McCaffrey Career Game Log". College Football at Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Max McCaffrey, Duke, WR, 2016 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Bair, Scott (April 30, 2016). "Raiders undrafted rookie tracker: WR McCaffrey signs up". Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions". August 29, 2016. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Packers sign McCaffrey to practice squad". Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Packers promote McCaffrey as Nelson insurance". Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Packers sign receiver to active roster". January 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Packers announce roster moves to reduce roster to 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on May 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". September 5, 2017. Archived from the original on February 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jaguars sign wide receiver Max McCaffrey to active roster". September 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers - October 8th, 2017". Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens promoted to active roster". October 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Packers sign WR Max McCaffrey to practice squad". October 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "49ers Sign WR Max McCaffrey, Place WR Victor Bolden on IR". December 13, 2017.
  15. ^ Alper, Josh (August 29, 2018). "49ers waive/injured Max McCaffrey". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  16. ^ Smith, Michael David (September 7, 2018). "NFL suspends Max McCaffrey four games". Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". November 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Fann, Joe (December 29, 2018). "49ers Promote WR Max McCaffrey, DL Ryan Delaire to Active Roster".
  19. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". August 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  21. ^ Delucchi, Marc (November 23, 2019). "Free Agent WR Max McCaffrey Suspended 10 Weeks". Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  22. ^ "Northern Colorado adds another McCaffrey to its football coaching staff". The Denver Post. January 17, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2024.
  23. ^ Tribune, Jadyn Watson-Fisher | Greeley (August 13, 2021). "Max McCaffrey settling into UNC offensive coordinator role alongside family". Greeley Tribune. Retrieved March 2, 2024.
  24. ^ "Miami Dolphins Announce 2023 Coaching Staff". March 10, 2023.
  25. ^ Snyder, Mark (August 27, 2016). "Michigan commit QB Dylan McCaffrey does it all in season-opening loss".
  26. ^ Legwold, Jeff (April 12, 2016). "WR Max McCaffrey, son of former Bronco Ed, hopes to call Denver his NFL home".

External links

  • Duke profile