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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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The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes C.J. Anderson "can roll for 1,400 yards" in the Broncos' zone-blocking scheme.
1,400 rushing yards would've ranked second in the league last season behind only DeMarco Murray (1,845). Renck describes Anderson as "a bowling ball with legs," and believes C.J. is "physically prepared for the grind" after improving his conditioning level this offseason. Renck projects Anderson to handle "18 carries per game" as the Broncos' "bellcow." 24-year-old Anderson is a fantasy first-rounder who often lasts until the second round of drafts. Jul 5 - 3:44 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson remains on top of the depth chart as the Broncos wrap up the offseason program.

Reporter Jeff Legwold says Anderson has taken "the most" snaps with the starters through OTAs and minicamps, though Montee Ball is "pushing him hard." We'd be very surprised if Ball is able to siphon off a big chunk of Anderson's workload once the pads go on at training camp. Anderson plays better in the pass game (as a receiver and protector) and his aggressive one-cut style fits the Kubiak scheme perfectly. CJA also has the endorsement of Peyton Manning.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 10:25 AM

Peyton Manning went out of his way to talk up C.J. Anderson Wednesday.

Anderson is splitting first-team reps with Montee Ball. We know that Peyton will have a big say on who is with him in the backfield. "C.J. of course, if you talk to him you think he's about a 12-year veteran starter and he's only started six games," Manning said. "I'm getting a ton of reps with him, and the sky is the limit for him, I will say that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 10:15 AM

C.J. Anderson reported to Broncos OTAs weighing 221 pounds, down more than 20 from the 2014 offseason.

Anderson shed the weight by "modifying his diet, and running hills and tracks in Colorado and California." Anderson weighed 243 at last year's OTAs. He finished the 2014 season weighing 223, and has now shed two more pounds. Anderson said his summer plan is to "lose even a little more weight," cutting out burgers and ice cream and replacing them with chicken and fish. "Sometimes it tastes like I am eating the same thing everyday," acknowledged Anderson, "but I know what it's going to do for me and the team in the long run."
Source: Denver Post
Jun 1 - 10:16 PM

Ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase said C.J. Anderson struggled with his conditioning last season.

"He got tired and was a little chubby sometimes," Gase said. "He wore down quick and then we had to rotate backs in." Anderson’s production declined over the final month of 2014, where he averaged 3.8 YPC. His offseason conditioning will be worth monitoring. Despite making the Pro Bowl last year, Anderson hasn’t been assured he’ll return as the starter by HC Gary Kubiak. Anderson remains the favorite to lead Denver's backfield over Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.
May 8 - 7:45 PM

C.J. Anderson expects the Broncos to employ a balanced offense this season.

Denver was quietly balanced last season, ranking 17th in the passing play percentage at 59.21 percent. That was a big change from 2013, when they ranked 4th at 70.59 percent. The more run-centric approach will certainly continue this year thanks to Peyton Manning's waning abilities and the arrival of Gary Kubiak. Justin Forsett, Arian Foster, Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson are some of the names that have blown up in the Kubiak/Shanahan zone-blocking scheme. CJA enters the offseason as the starter.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 21 - 10:51 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson will open OTAs as the Broncos' starting tailback.

Kubiak said Anderson wasn't assured the job at the Combine, but sounded more committed to him at the NFL owners' meetings. "I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him," Kubiak said. "We'll give them all a chance and see how it pans out, but C.J. obviously has a good head start on things. ... He's proven that running zone schemes and doing those types of things seem to fit him very well."
Mar 29 - 12:38 PM

New coach Gary Kubiak said he'll adjust his offense to fit Peyton Manning.

Kubiak's standard offense uses highly successful and voluminous one-cut running to set up play-action passes. Meanwhile, Manning has mostly been a shotgun-spread quarterback throughout his Hall of Fame 17-year career. However, Manning's effectiveness waned badly last year, leading to massive workloads for C.J. Anderson. We'd expect Kubiak to come up with a balanced plan in the middle of the road, with plenty of work for Anderson -- who enters the offseason program as the starter ahead of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 26 - 8:03 AM

Speaking at the NFL Combine, new coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson is not assured of the Broncos' starting running back job.

Anderson earned a Pro Bowl trip for his borderline-dominant efforts in the second half of the 2014 season, but Kubiak isn't locking him in yet. "He's got to go earn that," Kubiak said. "... I told him that when I talked to him. I said, 'C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter.' ... I think he's ready to do that." Anderson remains the heavy favorite to lead Denver's backfield, ahead of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 8:45 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak insisted at the NFL Combine that the running game will be a significant part of the Broncos' 2015 offense.

Peyton Manning offenses have historically treated running backs as fungible and the run game as complementary. Kubiak's most recent offenses in Houston (Arian Foster) and Baltimore (Justin Forsett) emphasized a run-foundation approach. Assuming C.J. Anderson holds off Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball for carries -- and we suspect he will -- Anderson will be set up for a big 2015 workload.
Feb 18 - 12:10 PM

C.J. Anderson said the Gary Kubiak offense fits him well.

We'd agree. Kubiak executes a Shanahanian scheme, which means zone-blocking concepts and one-cut running. It's been incredibly successful on the ground, producing big Kubiak-led seasons out of Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Steve Slaton, Arian Foster and Justin Forsett. Anderson's downhill style meshes well and he showed true foundation-back ability once given a chance in 2014. There's first-round fantasy upside here.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 20 - 10:01 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed 18 times for 80 yards and caught six balls for 29 yards in the Broncos' Divisional Round playoff loss to the Colts.

Anderson was so good during Denver's stretch run that we have to question the coaching staff for not getting him more involved earlier in the year. Putting Denver's offense on his back while Peyton Manning declined, Anderson rushed for 865 yards on 183 carries (4.7 YPC) and scored ten all-purpose touchdowns over the Broncos' final ten games. Turning 24 in February, Anderson isn't just a "product of Peyton Manning." He's a true foundation runner and every-down back. Anderson will be squarely in the first-round discussion in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Jan 11 - 8:07 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 13 times for 87 yards with three touchdowns and caught two passes for 20 yards in Sunday's 47-14 Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Anderson continued his Pro Bowl caliber play since taking over the starting job, scoring for the 10th time in the last seven games. He's clearly an ideal fit for this Peyton Manning offense and has played virtually error-free football. However, he strangely lost a ton of high-leverage snaps and carries to Ronnie Hillman (15 rushes, one catch) as Hillman made his return from a foot injury. It's possible the Broncos were just saving CJA for the playoffs, where they earned a bye as the AFC's No. 2 seed. Hillman is best used as a scat-back kind of complement.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:50:00 PM

C.J. Anderson (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 17.

Anderson will be ready to carry the mail against the Raiders in the Broncos' regular-season finale.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 06:26:00 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed for 83 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Broncos' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

He added 55 yards on eight catches. Anderson was the offense for the Broncos for long stretches of the night, but the Bengals played some stout defense at times. Anderson's touchdown came from one yard away in the third quarter, as he walked into the end zone behind an eligible sixth lineman. With Peyton Manning showing signs of his age the past few weeks, especially Monday, the Broncos are going to have to ride Anderson in the playoffs. The Broncos get the Raiders in Week 17.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:12:00 AM