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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
Contract: view contract details

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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson is "ready to be an every-down back."
Anderson has drawn raves from Kubiak for his conditioning at OTAs/minicamp. His first-half struggles forced him into a committee last season, but he’s projected for the majority of the carries over rookie Devontae Booker and Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos are counting on Anderson to build off his postseason after giving him a four-year extension. Anderson’s contract locks him in as the Week 1 starter, but there's not a huge leash if he has another slow start. Jun 9 - 6:31 PM

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The Denver Post's Troy Renck still expects C.J. Anderson to be the lead back.

Denver re-signed Ronnie Hillman and spent a fourth-round pick on Devontae Booker, but Renck still expects Anderson "to receive the bulk of the carries." Not everyone agrees with that opinion, however. ESPN's Jeff Legwold has said on multiple occasions he expects Booker to push for carries, although it is possible those come at the expense of Hillman. Anderson has a ton of upside, but his usage remains a big concern.
Source: Denver Post
May 12 - 11:49 AM

ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports the Broncos view C.J. Anderson as "potentially 'The Guy' in the run game."

They should tell their actions. After ludicrously giving Anderson an original-round tender instead of ponying up an extra $882,000 for the second-round option, the Broncos were almost forced to match the Dolphins' four-year, $18 million offer sheet because of their situation at quarterback. The big deal should ensure Anderson is the lead back moving forward, but the Broncos have not shown much commitment to Anderson thus far in his career. Denver is also reportedly interested in re-signing Ronnie Hillman.
Source: ESPN
Apr 5 - 11:03 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson "can be one of the top backs in the league."

"C.J. played his best football at the end of the year," Kubiak said. "I think C.J. hasn’t even reached the heights he can reach. I think C.J. is really just getting started." With the quarterback situation unsettled, the Broncos will likely utilize a run-heavy scheme this season. The extra work should benefit Anderson, who owns a career 4.8 YPC average, but only if he can stay on the field. He has never had more than 179 carries in a season and struggled through injuries last year. Still, Anderson finally looks poised to be the true No. 1 back in Denver.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 10:53 AM

Broncos re-signed restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson to a four-year, $18 million contract.

Cue the sad trombone for the Dolphins, who had supposedly structured Anderson's offer so the Broncos couldn't match it. With their quarterback situation remaining unsettled, the Broncos decided they couldn't lose a runner who was easily their best back last season, and one of their most important players down the stretch each of the past two years. Now the undisputed lead back for an offense that will likely be dramatically more run heavy in 2016, Anderson and his three-down skill-set should provide RB1 value in fantasy leagues.
Mar 15 - 3:10 PM

The Dolphins' offer sheet to restricted free agent C.J. Anderson contains a signing bonus of $5.25 million that must be paid by March 31.

Including bonuses and salary, Anderson's first-year pay will be $6 million, tying DeMarco Murray for the NFL's third highest 2016 total payments among running backs, behind only Adrian Peterson ($11 million) and Doug Martin ($8 million). Klis reports the Bears offered Anderson a four-year, $19 million deal -- more than Miami's four-year, $18 offer -- but Anderson preferred the familiarity of new Dolphins coach Adam Gase's offense. The Dolphins intentionally frontloaded Anderson's offer sheet in order to make it more difficult for the Broncos to match. Denver has until Tuesday at 4pm ET to make a decision.
Mar 13 - 3:00 PM

Mike Klis of 9 News Denver said "don't be surprised" if the Broncos match Miami's four-year, $18 million offer sheet for restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson.

Klis acknowledges that Denver "badly misread" Anderson's market, failing to give him a second-round tender that likely would have kept him in the Mile High City. To get him back, they'll have to pay a little extra. The Broncos still have a world-class defense in place but their offense has huge holes to fill with Brock Osweiler gone, little at tight end, and Anderson possibly on his way to Miami.
Mar 11 - 9:44 AM

Dolphins signed restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson to a four-year, $18 million offer sheet.

The Broncos now have five days to match, or Anderson will reunite with new Dolphins coach Adam Gase and become Miami's bellcow back. Anderson can catch, pass block, and run inside, and he has system familiarity after playing in Gase's 2014 offense in Denver. If the Broncos fail to match Anderson's offer sheet, they will receive no compensation. Had the Broncos given Anderson a second-round tender instead of the "original-pick" tender, they would've received a second-round pick had this same scenario played out. (It wouldn't have.)
Mar 10 - 4:48 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports restricted free agent C.J. Anderson was about to board a flight to Chicago to visit the Bears before jumping on a plane to visit the Dolphins on Thursday.

Anderson received the call from Miami while he was at the airport, and got a new flight. Klis fully expects the Dolphins to sign Anderson to an offer sheet, giving the Broncos five days to match. Klis says there are four teams "bidding" on Anderson -- the Dolphins, 49ers, Patriots, and Bears.
Mar 10 - 12:16 PM

Pro Football Talk reports the Bears and Patriots are interested in restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson.

This is in addition to Miami, who Anderson is visiting on Thursday. Anderson played for Dolphins coach Adam Gase in Denver, and it would be surprising if he left his visit without an offer sheet. Even if the Broncos dodge an offer sheet from the Dolphins, it is becoming clear Anderson is going to sign a long-term deal with someone. After ridiculously giving him the lowest tender, the Broncos will either have to match or lose Anderson for nothing.
Mar 10 - 11:13 AM

Restricted free agent C.J. Anderson will visit the Dolphins on Thursday.

Anderson has also drawn interest from the Bears, Patriots and 49ers. The Dolphins are looking for running back depth after losing Lamar Miller to the Texans on Wednesday. With Jay Ajayi ready to take on a bigger workload, Anderson's role in Miami would be similar to the one he played in Denver as a committee back with Ronnie Hillman. As a restricted free agent, the Broncos have the right to match any offer Anderson receives on the open market.
Mar 10 - 10:50 AM

Restricted free agent C.J. Anderson is already drawing interest from the Bears, Dolphins, 49ers and Patriots, according to Profootballtalk on NBC Sports.

Three of those teams have immediate holes to fill at running back with San Francisco being the lone exception. Anderson got off to a rough start last season but finished the year strong by averaging 6.3 yards per carry over his last eight games. The Broncos won't get any compensation for Anderson if they fail to match another team's offer sheet.
Mar 9 - 5:10 PM

Broncos extended an original-round tender to restricted free agent C.J. Anderson.

The Broncos have cap issues, but it is shocking they tendered Anderson at the lowest level. Anderson entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Cal, meaning Denver will not receive any compensation if they decline to match another team's offer sheet. The running back class is stacked, but Anderson has shown enough in spurts to draw some interest. Ronnie Hillman is scheduled to hit the open market Wednesday.
Mar 7 - 11:10 AM

C.J. Anderson believes he can be a bell-cow back.

"Oh, I know that’s something I can do," Anderson said Thursday. "You know, we chose to go the two-back route. ... But I mean if they want me to touch the ball 25 times, 27 times, 28 times, either way, whether it’s all carries or carries and catches, I believe I can handle it always." Anderson proved that down the stretch in 2014, where he handled truly monstrous workloads, and again in Super Bowl 50, where he touched the ball 27 times. Denver's insistence on mixing in a monumentally ineffective Ronnie Hillman after Anderson returned to full health was baffling. We'd expect Anderson, who is a restricted free agent, to return to Denver as the obvious starter.
Feb 11 - 2:39 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Mark Sanchez
2Trevor Siemian
3Paxton Lynch
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3Devontae Booker
4Kapri Bibbs
5Cyrus Gray
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
FB1Andy Janovich
2Toben Opurum
3Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Bennie Fowler
3Cody Latimer
4Bralon Addison
5Mose Frazier
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3DeVier Posey
4Jordan Taylor
5Durron Neal
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Jeff Heuerman
2Virgil Green
3Garrett Graham
4Henry Krieger-Coble
5Anthony Norris
LT1Russell Okung
2Kyle Roberts
3Lars Hanson
LG1Max Garcia
2Cameron Jefferson
3James Ferentz
4Aaron Neary
C1Matt Paradis
2Sam Brenner
3Dillon Day
RG1Ty Sambrailo
2Connor McGovern
3Robert Myers
RT1Donald Stephenson
2Michael Schofield
3Darrion Weems
4Justin Murray
K1Brandon McManus