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C.J. Anderson | Running Back | #22

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 224
College: California
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C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 90 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-4 targets for ten yards in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.
Anderson finally and deservedly got the start over Ronnie Hillman and capitalized early with runs of 8 and 12 on his first two carries. Anderson added a tackle-busting 34-yard burst in the second quarter. His one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put icing on Denver's win. Although Anderson's slow start and committee with Ronnie Hillman rendered him a fantasy football disappointment, Anderson was very arguably the Broncos' best offensive player from Week 7 on. 25-year-old Anderson now heads to restricted free agency, where he should earn at least a second-round tender. Feb 7 - 10:26 PM

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The Broncos indeed started C.J. Anderson over Ronnie Hillman in Super Bowl 50.

Longtime beat writer Mike Klis reported this would happen before game time. Anderson has been a far superior runner to Hillman since the first six weeks of the season, and is now being featured ahead of Hillman in Sunday's bout with the Panthers. As of halftime, Anderson had 58 yards on eight carries. Two of Hillman's three first-half runs were thrown for a loss.
Feb 7 - 8:45 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos will start C.J. Anderson over Ronnie Hillman in Super Bowl 50.

Hillman has technically been Denver's starter since Week 6, after Anderson got off to a painfully slow start. Anderson has severely outplayed Hillman ever since and especially in the playoffs, where Hillman is averaging 2.00 yards per carry and Anderson is averaging nearly five. Klis notes Hillman will remain involved, but Anderson "will get the first chance to find his rhythm."
Feb 7 - 5:31 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 16 times for 72 yards in the Broncos' AFC Championship Game win over the Patriots.

Anderson came off the bench behind Ronnie Hillman, but as usual, was more effective. Anderson's 30-yard rush early in the fourth quarter was one of the only big plays of the game. Running circles around Hillman for months now, Anderson needs to be the focal point of the Broncos' rushing attack in Super Bowl 50.
Jan 24 - 7:57 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 15 times for 72 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for 11 yards in the Broncos' Divisional Round win over the Steelers.

After playing behind Ronnie Hillman early, Anderson gave Denver's struggling run game a spark with a 34-yard burst up the middle just before the first-half two-minute warning. Anderson had a 28-yard run wiped out by a hold in the fourth frame. The drive continued, however, and Anderson ended it with a goal-line plunge from the half-yard line. For head-scratching reasons, the Broncos continued to give ineffective Ronnie Hillman near-equal carries and playing time at Anderson's expense. The Broncos' best chance to win in the AFC Championship Game versus New England will be to hand the running game over to Anderson.
Jan 17 - 7:55 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 15 times for 95 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' Week 17 win over the Chargers.

He caught one pass for minus-five yards. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman each got 15 carries, and Hillman out-rushed Anderson 117-95, though they both had superb days against San Diego's bottom-barrel run defense. Anderson got things going in the third quarter when Peyton Manning came off the bench to replace Brock Osweiler. As soon as that happened, the run lanes opened up, and Anderson ripped off a couple chunk gains. His longest one went for 27 yards, and he was tackled at the half-yard line on the play after initially being ruled in the end zone. Anderson later finished it off with a one-yard touchdown run two plays later. He's been the better of the two backs for the past month, but the Broncos should continue to lean on both in the playoffs. Anderson wraps up the regular season with 152 carries for 720 yards (4.7 YPC) and five touchdowns, adding a 25-183-0 receiving line.
Jan 4 - 1:06 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed nine times for 73 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' Week 16 win over the Bengals on Monday night.

Anderson was a non-factor in the first half, totaling one carry for no gain and failing to catch his lone target. But he was the juice of the offense after the break, breaking off a 39-yard touchdown run, shedding three tackles along the way, to give the Broncos a 17-14 lead after opening the game in a 14-point hole. Anderson later lost a crucial fumble at the Bengals' 21-yard line in the fourth quarter and injured his back on the play. He quickly returned on the next possession, but was out-snapped 34-32 by Ronnie Hillman for the game. Hillman, though, mustered just 35 yards on nine totes. Anderson and the Broncos wrap up the regular season against the Chargers.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:11:00 AM

C.J. Anderson exited Monday night's Week 16 game against the Bengals with a fourth-quarter back injury but quickly returned to the game.

Anderson had a very quiet first half, turning one carry into zero yards and failing to catch his lone target, but he was the star of the offense in the second half, rushing for 70 yards and a go-ahead 39-yard touchdown. But Anderson got his sixth carry of the night deep in Cincinnati territory midway through the fourth quarter and was popped by RE Michael Johnson, fumbling on the play and injuring his back at the same time. The Bengals recovered the loose ball.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 11:23:00 PM

C.J. Anderson (ankle, back) was limited at Thursday's practice.

Anderson returned last week after missing one game with an ankle injury, but wasn't much of a factor against Pittsburgh (20 yards on five touches). He should be okay for Monday night's game against Cincinnati. Consider Anderson an RB3 for that matchup.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 04:19:00 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed four times for 14 yards in the Broncos' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

Running as a distant No. 2 behind Ronnie Hillman, Anderson also suffered an injury, but he ended up staying in the game. The Broncos never announced the specifics. Hillman had a terrible day as the No. 1, but there's no way of knowing how coach Gary Kubiak might divvy up touches in Week 16. At best, Anderson will be a boom-or-bust RB3.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:38:00 PM

C.J. Anderson (ankle) is active for Week 15 against the Steelers.

It appears Anderson will get the start over Ronnie Hillman, but the duo should form an unpredictable timeshare. Anderson is a risky FLEX play, with Hillman a non-recommended RB3.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 03:00:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports C.J. Anderson (ankle) is expected to "receive his full workload" Week 15 against the Steelers.

Anderson was active last week, but didn't play a snap as he recovered from a Week 13 ankle issue. Now ready to go, Anderson is back as the 1A to Ronnie Hillman's 1B in the Denver backfield. In his last game healthy, Anderson piled up 153 yards and two touchdowns on 19 touches against the Patriots in Week 12. If forced to use one Broncos running back, Anderson is the play.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 10:19:00 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he expects C.J. Anderson (ankle) to play Sunday against the Steelers.

He returned to a limited practice on Thursday after missing last week's game with a sore ankle. Anderson will resume his role as the co-leader of Denver's backfield committee with Ronnie Hillman. Consider him an RB3 against Pittsburgh.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:40:00 PM

C.J. Anderson (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday, getting in a limited session.

That's significant because the Broncos practiced indoors on a turf surface. Anderson was active last week but never left the sideline. It sounds like he'll be back to split carries with Ronnie Hillman Sunday against Pittsburgh. Anderson will be an RB3 for that matchup.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:12:00 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that his "expectation" is C.J. Anderson (ankle) will play in Week 15 against the Steelers.

Anderson was active for Sunday's loss to the Raiders, but didn't play a snap. His health and role will be uncertain for Sunday's meeting with Pittsburgh. Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson were wholly ineffective in Week 14, managing 28 rushing yards on 15 carries between them. If he's anywhere near 100 percent, Anderson should lead the Broncos in rushing attempts in Week 15.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 07:45:00 PM