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C.J. Anderson | Running Back | #22

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 224
College: California
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Coach Vance Joseph said C.J. Anderson is in his best shape in "3-4 years."
This is Joseph's first summer as Anderson's coach, but the running back agreed with his coach's observation. "I'm definitely in the best shape I've been in in a long time, so I'm excited about that," Anderson said. Coming off a torn meniscus that ended his season in Week 7 last year, Anderson changed his training regimen in an effort to stay healthy. Jobs are up for grabs in Denver's backfield, with Jamaal Charles, Devontae Booker, and rookie De'Angelo Henderson as names to watch. Jul 28 - 9:17 AM
Source: Denver Post

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New coach Vance Joseph said the Broncos plan to use a running back committee this season.

"You need two or three guys that can carry the load. It is no longer a one-guy position," Joseph said. "I’m excited to have Jamaal (Charles), C.J. (Anderson), (Devontae Booker), even De’Angelo (Henderson) in the mix. It’s going to be competitive, and that’s the way it should be." Anderson is the favorite for touches, but his usage will depend on Charles' health and whether Booker shows any year-two progress. Anderson currently makes sense as a sixth- to seventh-round pick in re-draft leagues, while the rest of Denver's backs are late-round fliers.
Source: Denver Post
May 22 - 4:03 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team will have an open competition at running back this summer.

"Every spot on the football team is going to be up for competition," said Joseph. C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and Jamaal Charles are all competing to be the Broncos' lead back, though it sounds like Joseph is open to using a committee. "You need two or three guys who can carry the load," he said. "It's no longer a one-guy position." Joseph has also promised that Denver will be more aggressive in the passing game this year, further clouding what was already one of the more difficult backfields to predict.
May 12 - 2:17 PM

C.J. Anderson (torn meniscus) will be a full participant in the Broncos' offseason program.

Anderson went under the knife in late October. His recovery took a little longer than expected, but all that matters is that he's healthy now. Anderson is competing with Devontae Booker, and remains the favorite to get another shot at starting duties in 2017. It's not outside the realm of possibility that the Broncos draft another mid-round runner, though it is unlikely.
Apr 10 - 2:13 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said C.J. Anderson (knee surgery) may not be fully ready for OTAs.

"I’m not sure," Joseph said. "He’s there every day working, so hopefully." Anderson said he expected to be fully cleared from his torn meniscus by the end of February, so it is at least mildly concerning the Broncos do not know if he will be ready by the end of May. Still, it does not seem like Joseph is worried. Anderson should be a full go for training camp at the latest.
Source: ESPN
Apr 4 - 11:30 AM

104.3 The Fan in Denver's Cecil Lammey reports C.J. Anderson is expected to be cleared from his meniscus tear in two weeks.

Anderson originally expected to be cleared by the end of February, but he isn't known to have encountered any setbacks, and there was nothing to gain by rushing back so early in the offseason. Still only 26, Anderson will be learning a new offense under OC Mike McCoy, who is expected to install more power-blocking concepts. Anderson remains the favorite to start over Devontae Booker.
Feb 27 - 3:51 PM

C.J. Anderson (knee surgery) expects to be fully cleared later this month.

"I ran 100 percent full out (Tuesday)," Anderson said. "I’m pushing toward playing, no problems. Pretty much doing everything except for cutting." Anderson is four months removed from a torn meniscus. He remains on track for OTAs.
Feb 1 - 6:01 PM

C.J. Anderson (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

Anderson is three months removed from a torn meniscus. He was recently cleared to run and could get in some work at OTAs. Anderson averaged 4.0 YPC in seven games last year, but should be back at his $2.9 million salary.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 8:02 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak admitted Wednesday that it's unlikely C.J. Anderson (knee, I.R.) will return this season.

Kubiak expects Anderson to resume running in about two weeks. If he can avoid setbacks, Anderson should be fully recovered by February, putting him on track for the start of OTAs. Denver's running game has been a disaster in his absence with rookie Devontae Booker proving to be ill-equipped for the starting role. Booker has split carries with Justin Forsett the last two weeks.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:29:00 PM

Broncos placed RB C.J. Anderson on injured reserve with a torn meniscus.

The Broncos took a few days to debate it but ultimately decided to give Anderson the full eight weeks to recover rather than rushing him back. This effectively puts Anderson out for the remainder of the fantasy season. He can be dropped in redraft formats. Fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker will lead the backfield during Anderson's absence. Daily Slant: Devontae Booker is a lock and load cash game play for Week 8, and he can be comfortably targeted in any format. Kapri Bibbs - who has just four carries this season - is his only real competition for work, and the Broncos remain a run-heavy offense. The Broncos coaching staff has also noted that they trust Booker in pass-protection, which makes him a very good bet to be an every-down back on Sunday. It would be very surprising to see Booker finish with fewer than 15 touches.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 04:38:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos will decide whether to place C.J. Anderson (knee) on injured reserve within the next 24 hours.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week that Anderson was being placed on I.R. but apparently Denver has yet to make a decision. Estimates for his recovery time have been all over the map, ranging from as few as two weeks to as many as eight. We're guessing it will be closer to eight. Devontae Booker will serve as Denver's workhorse during Anderson's absence and could ascend to weekly RB1 status.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 04:02:00 PM

PFT reports C.J. Anderson (meniscus surgery) will miss "anywhere from 2-8 weeks."

Every reporter has had a different timetable for Anderson's recovery on Friday. Our sources are telling us Anderson will be sidelined anywhere from one to infinity weeks. Realistically, the Broncos are just hopeful Anderson will be back for the playoffs. Devontae Booker is now in a league-winning fantasy position.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 02:09:00 PM

NBC Denver reports C.J. Anderson's injury is a "significant" right meniscus tear, but that there is "hope" he'll be ready for the playoffs.

The Broncos won't learn the full extent of Anderson's injury until he goes under the knife Thursday. It's quite possible the surgeon discovers something that keeps him out for the rest of the 2016 season. Devontae Booker slides in as an immediate RB1, with Kapri Bibbs becoming the new handcuff in Denver.
Source: NBC Denver
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 02:03:00 PM

Broncos placed RB C.J. Anderson (knee scope) on injured reserve.

He's undergoing arthroscopic surgery. He'll be a candidate to return in eight weeks, but obviously won't be a factor the rest of the fantasy season. He's free to drop in all re-draft formats. The Broncos will move forward with Devontae Booker as their workhorse, and Kapri Bibbs as their No. 2. Anderson has shown flashes of being a difference-making back every season, but has struggled with his health. It will be tough for the Broncos to rely on him as a clear No. 1 in 2017.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 01:47:00 PM

C.J. Anderson (knee) denied a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport saying he had told "people close to him" he was out for the season.

Anderson immediately denied the report, writing, "False," in response to Rapoport's tweet. Anderson is expected to undergo further testing Thursday, and the Broncos are expected to update his status after those tests. Devontae Booker is still expected to get the start this week.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 11:25:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Trevor Siemian
2Paxton Lynch
3Kyle Sloter
4Chad Kelly
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Jamaal Charles
3Devontae Booker
4De'Angelo Henderson
5Stevan Ridley
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Jamaal Charles
FB1Andy Janovich
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Jordan Taylor
3Cody Latimer
4Marlon Brown
5Isaiah McKenzie
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Bennie Fowler
3Carlos Henderson
4Hunter Sharp
5Kalif Raymond
WR31Bennie Fowler
TE1Virgil Green
2AJ Derby
3Jeff Heuerman
4Jake Butt
5Austin Traylor
LT1Ty Sambrailo
2Garett Bolles
3Elijah Wilkinson
LG1Max Garcia
2Allen Barbre
3Cameron Hunt
C1Matt Paradis
2Connor McGovern
3Dillon Day
RG1Ronald Leary
2Michael Schofield
3Billy Turner
4Cameron Hunt
RT1Menelik Watson
2Donald Stephenson
3Justin Murray
K1Brandon McManus