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C.J. Anderson | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 224
College: California
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C.J. Anderson played on one snap in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Ronnie Hillman was the clear-cut feature back, playing 52-of-70 snaps. Juwan Thompson was the No. 2 with 17 snaps. Anderson is clearly in third right now, making him expendable in re-draft formats. Oct 13 - 11:51 AM

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C.J. Anderson didn't touch the ball in Denver's Week 6 win over the Jets.

It was unclear if Anderson or Juwan Thompson would function as Ronnie Hillman's No. 2 in the absence of Montee Ball, but it's now clear as day. Thompson received eight touches behind Hillman's 27. Anderson is completely off the re-draft radar.
Oct 12 - 6:24 PM

C.J. Anderson is a healthy scratch for the Broncos' Week 5 game versus Arizona.

Ronnie Hillman gets the nod behind Montee Ball. Anderson rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries in the Broncos' first three games, but doesn't play on special teams. He's still worth rostering by Ball owners as a handcuff.
Oct 5 - 2:37 PM

C.J. Anderson will play in Thursday's preseason finale, but Ronnie Hillman will rest.

It confirms what we've seen all preseason: An improved Hillman is ahead of Anderson on the depth chart. It's not a priority handcuff situation as the Broncos would turn to a committee if anything happened to Montee Ball. Hillman is essentially the first-team change-of-pace back, while Anderson is the second-team inside runner.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 28 - 8:25 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed three times for 16 yards and caught one pass for negative-three yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Anderson played well behind both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. Through three preseason games, he has 13 carries for 50 yards with one touchdown and five catches for 17 yards. Anderson will likely only have a role this year if Ball goes down, and even then he'd be the lesser part of a committee with Hillman.
Aug 23 - 11:53 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed nine times for 29 yards and touchdown in the Broncos' second preseason game Sunday.

He also caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards. Anderson mixed in with the first-team offense behind Ronnie Hillman, and handled most of the work with the twos. Through two preseason contests, Anderson has 34 yards and the score on ten carries, to go with two catches for 20 yards. If Montee Ball goes down in the regular season, Anderson and Hillman would likely share Denver's backfield.
Aug 17 - 6:11 PM

C.J. Anderson has been medically cleared after suffering a concussion in the Broncos' preseason opener.

He'll resume putting heat on Ronnie Hillman for No. 2 back duties in Montee Ball's (appendectomy) absence. Anderson was pretty clearly behind Hillman before the injury, but is a better option to handle early-down and goal-line work.
Aug 14 - 12:27 PM

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson was forced from Thursday's preseason opener against the Seahawks with a concussion.

He's week to week. Anderson took a thundering hit from Seahawks LB Brock Coyle, and was staggered as he attempted to walk off the field. Coming off the bench behind Ronnie Hillman, Anderson didn't touch the ball until the Broncos' second series, but got some run with the first-team offense. He rushed once for five yards, adding two catches for an additional nine yards. Anderson still has time to make a move, but is clearly behind Hillman for No. 2 duties at the moment. The injury obviously sets him back.
Aug 7 - 11:04 PM

C.J. Anderson is running with the second-team offense.

Ronnie Hillman is working with the ones as the change-of-pace complement to clear-cut feature back Montee Ball. We still prefer Anderson as Ball's handcuff. In the event of an injury, Anderson projects to get the touchdown opportunities and inside work while Hillman sticks in his speed-based outside role.
Aug 3 - 12:11 PM

C.J. Anderson has dropped his weight from 234 pounds at minicamp to roughly 215 pounds now.

Anderson was reportedly sluggish during the offseason program, and people within the Broncos thought he wouldn't keep a roster spot at that weight. So now he's slimmed down and is looking like he did last year, when he made the squad as UDFA. Anderson is our favorite Montee Ball handcuff as long as he beats out Juwan Thompson and Brennan Clay. Ronnie Hillman is a change-of-pace back.
Jul 31 - 9:36 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold left second-year RB C.J. Anderson off his initial 53-man roster projection.

It's obviously way too early to project final rosters before a training camp practice or even preseason game has taken place, but it's noteworthy nonetheless and something to store away. Legwold notes that Anderson is going to have to show more than he did during the spring to serve as Montee Ball's backup. Ronnie Hillman is currently in the lead for No. 2 duties, though there's a better than good chance that will change once the summer is over. UDFA RBs Brennan Clay and Juwan Thompson made some noise in the spring.
Jul 18 - 12:32 PM

The Denver Post says C.J. Anderson is a "serious threat" for the No. 2 running back job.

The fight to be Montee Ball's backup is wide open. The Post suggests Ronnie Hillman has his nose in front, but it's worth noting that Anderson closed out last season ahead of Hillman on the depth chart. Eventually, we expect Anderson to emerge as the best bet for Ball owners in search of a handcuff.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 4 - 10:51 AM

Broncos OC Adam Gase considers the team's No. 2 running back job "wide open" for competition.

Montee Ball appears locked in as the starter. C.J. Anderson is the favorite for No. 2 duties after finishing last season ahead of Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart, though Hillman hasn't been entirely ruled out. The running back corps is rounded out by Jerodis Williams, and UDFAs Kapri Bibbs, Brennan Clay, and Juwan Thompson. We like Anderson's chances of opening the year behind Ball.
May 18 - 5:14 PM

Montee Ball insists that he has not been handed the starting job yet.

Ball pointed to last year, when it was widely thought throughout the offseason program that Ronnie Hillman would be the starter. Hillman ended the year with 55 carries. "I know for a fact they're not going to hand it to me," Ball said. "They're going to make sure we all get our opportunities throughout camp and throughout OTAs." The situation this year is different as Ball is far more talented than Hillman and has been ticketed for the job since the 2013 draft. His main competition will come from C.J. Anderson, a 2013 UDFA that flashed during the preseason and finished ahead of Hillman on the depth chart.
May 1 - 8:58 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed twice for nine yards and caught a 14-yard pass in Denver's Super Bowl loss to Seattle.

Anderson didn't get any run until late-fourth-quarter garbage time, but it's notable that he was yet again activated over Ronnie Hillman, and will enter the offseason No. 2 on Denver's tailback depth chart behind Montee Ball. Knowshon Moreno is a free agent. Anderson was impressive in the 2013 preseason and holds sleeper Dynasty league value. He turns 23 later this month.
Feb 2 - 10:24 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
3C.J. Anderson
4Montee Ball
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Wes Welker
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Wes Welker
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Brandon McManus