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C.J. Anderson | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 224
College: California
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C.J. Anderson rushed 12 times for 59 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in the Broncos' Week 11 win over the Bears.
Anderson was more involved this week with Emmanuel Sanders sidelined. He remained behind Ronnie Hillman, but was effective on his touches. Anderson has averaged 5.8 YPC over the last four weeks. He'll be a low-end RB3/FLEX for Week 12 against the Patriots. Nov 22 - 4:49 PM

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C.J. Anderson rushed twice for nine yards in Denver's Week 10 loss to the Chiefs.

Anderson was targeted only once in the passing game. Both of his touches came after halftime of a non-competitive loss. Anderson ran well in Weeks 8 and 9, but appears firmly behind Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart. Anderson won't be a realistic FLEX play against the Bears in Week 11.
Nov 15 - 8:35 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for four yards Week 9 against the Colts.

The running game did not work for large stretches of the game, but Anderson was consistently more effective than nominal starter Ronnie Hillman, who gained one yard on seven carries. Anderson has looked healthier after the bye week and made a couple chunk gains in the second half. Predicting the Broncos' backfield rotation is a fool's errand, but Anderson showed well enough to earn the starting nod next week against the Chiefs. After eight games, Anderson is on pace for an extremely disappointing 176-630-2 line. If he can grab hold of the starting job, he should easily beat that pace.
Nov 8 - 8:15 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said the team will continue to split carries between Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson.

Though Kubiak promised to maintain a split, it sounded like Anderson made an impression with his 101-yard performance against Green Bay. "Obviously it was C.J.'s best game," Kubiak said. "We'll continue to split time with them, but obviously C.J. responded this week. Hopefully we can keep it going in that direction." Kubiak promised to "create a competitive environment" which will likely limit the ceiling of both players, but the running game looked good enough against Green Bay for both Anderson and Hillman to have RB3 consideration in a decent matchup against the Colts this week.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 3 - 9:42 AM

C.J. Anderson had 14 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for five yards in Denver's Sunday night Week 8 win over the Packers.

Anderson didn’t start, but was the more effective back. He got the majority of his work in the second half with Ronnie Hillman dealing with a thigh injury. Anderson went untouched on a 28-yard run over the middle of the field for his first touchdown of the season. He looked fully healthy coming off Denver's bye. Anderson has an 81/281/1 line through eight weeks (seven games).
Nov 2 - 12:15 AM

C.J. Anderson says he "wasn’t as healthy as I thought" earlier in the season.

"I had some old injuries that bothered (me), I can’t really say," Anderson said. "I didn’t know it was that serious until I felt it." It's an interesting admission from a player who hasn't been on the injury report since Week 3, but could also be a back simply trying to make sense of his 2015 struggles. Anderson won't be completely phased out of the offense, but we expect Ronnie Hillman to lead in touches against the Packers.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 29 - 3:30 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 13 times for 41 yards and caught all four of his targets for 25 yards in the Broncos' Week 6 win over the Browns.

Anderson got the start, but rotated evenly with Ronnie Hillman throughout the first half before Hillman busted a 26-yard gain right before halftime and came out after the break dominating backfield touches. Hillman out-gained Anderson on the ground 111-41 and out-carried him 20-13. Anderson at least got all of the clock-killing work in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. Beat writer Troy Renck believes Hillman is the clear No. 1 running back in Denver after Sunday's performance. Anderson is borderline droppable in 12-team leagues after a miserable first six weeks. The Broncos are heading into their bye.
Oct 18 - 5:39 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 22 yards and caught both of his targets for 18 yards in the Broncos' Week 5 win over the Raiders.

Anderson got the start for the Broncos, but he and Ronnie Hillman pretty evenly rotated series, as coach Gary Kubiak continues to wait for one of the two to make an impact and earn an increased role. While Anderson continued to be horrible Week 5, Hillman wasn't any better, managing 21 yards on seven carries and catching a five-yard pass. The Week 6 matchup against the Browns is mouth-watering, but neither back can be trusted to take advantage of it. Anderson is an RB2/FLEX.
Oct 11 - 7:55 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 43 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, adding a 27-yard reception.

For the third time in four games, Anderson got out-rushed by Ronnie Hillman. Pathetically, his 3.9 YPC was his highest of the season. We've never been a fan of Hillman's between-the-tackles ability, but Anderson simply isn't making plays. It's growing harder and harder to see how the Broncos stick with him as their No. 1 rushing option. Last year's sensation is on pace for a meager 468 yards on the ground, and averaging 2.7 yards per carry. He'll be little more than a middling FLEX for next week's game against the Raiders.
Oct 4 - 8:14 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said the offense needs C.J. Anderson to make it through a game healthy.

"We have to keep C.J. on the field. C.J. has been coming off the field the past three games because he's been nicked up," Kubiak said. "Things are going on, and we need to keep him on the field consistently." Anderson has missed time in the first three games with ankle, toe and head injuries. He has managed to play through all three ailments, but he and the rest of the Broncos running attack has struggled. The positive to take away from these comments is it sounds like Anderson is still the lead back over Ronnie Hillman. Anderson will be a low-end RB2 against the Vikings this week.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 29 - 10:45 AM

C.J. Anderson was held to 18 yards on eight carries and one catch for nine yards in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Lions.

Anderson missed most of the first half getting evaluated for a concussion. His on-field play was the bigger concern, with Anderson finishing under 30 yards for the third week. Anderson remained in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman, who vultured a one-yard score. The Broncos are committed to using a two-back system, making Anderson more of a touchdown-dependent RB2 going forward. Anderson remains the favorite for carries, but Hillman has looked like the better back.
Sep 28 - 12:54 AM

C.J. Anderson left Sunday night's Week 3 game against the Lions and is being evaluated for a concussion.

Anderson went down on a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of the first quarter, but was cleared to return.
Sep 27 - 9:09 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold said C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman will continue to "split" carries.

"Ronnie has looked the best, but he's not very big, so I think he has a threshold regardless of how great he's doing," Legwold said. "C.J. is going to be an early-down guy a lot of the time. But when all is said and done, both are going to get plenty of carries." Legwold added touchdowns will likely go to whomever has the "hot hand." Anderson played 74 percent of the snaps Week 1 and 57 percent Week 2 despite playing through a toe injury. Anderson will get the majority of the work if he can prove healthy and effective, but Hillman has earned and deserves a role all season.
Source: ESPN
Sep 26 - 12:09 PM

C.J. Anderson says he's over his toe injury.

Anderson is practicing in full for Week 3. "I'm fine now," Anderson said. "I don't think it affected me. ... I'm expecting results. That's just the honest truth." Anderson is off to a brutal start, but has had 10 days to get his mind and body right for Sunday's game against the Lions. He's a mid-range RB2 for Week 3.
Sep 24 - 3:37 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck "figures" C.J. Anderson has one more chance to solidify his hold on the Broncos' starting job.

Anderson has struggled to 56 yards on 24 carries (2.3 YPC) so far this season. Ronnie Hillman has not been much better with 75 yards on 21 attempts (3.5 YPC), but the Broncos may be forced to make a change if the running game cannot get going this week against Detroit. Anderson will be a risky RB2 in that matchup.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 12:30 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Christian Ponder
4Trevor Siemian
RB1Ronnie Hillman
2C.J. Anderson
3Juwan Thompson
GLB1Ronnie Hillman
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Bennie Fowler
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Cody Latimer
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Vernon Davis
2Owen Daniels
3Virgil Green
4Richard Gordon
LT1Tyler Polumbus
LG1Evan Mathis
2Max Garcia
C1Matt Paradis
2Sam Brenner
RG1Louis Vasquez
RT1Ryan Harris
2Michael Schofield
K1Brandon McManus