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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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C.J. Anderson rushed 13 times for 49 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.
Anderson was the clear lead back, dominating the first-team work with Ronnie Hillman seeing carries in a change-of-pace role. Anderson struggled to find consistent running room, but he ripped off a few long gains and broke several tackles. Anderson now has 20 carries for 81 yards (4.05 YPC) this preseason. He is a solid RB1. Aug 29 - 11:14 PM

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C.J. Anderson pounded the rock four times for 24 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Anderson also caught one pass for three yards. He missed a block when the Broncos went to the no-huddle on their opening drive but redeemed himself later with an impressive 14-yard burst up the middle. The ankle injury Anderson suffered in last week's preseason opener is ancient history. The Broncos have promised a more balanced approach on offense this year, which should leave plenty of work for Anderson.
Aug 22 - 11:01 PM

C.J. Anderson confirmed his ankle injury suffered in Denver's preseason opener isn't significant.

Those covering the team are calling Anderson's ankle injury a mere "tweak." Said Anderson himself, "My ankle's fine. It's more I was sick. I didn't start feeling good until halftime." Anderson rushed three times before giving way to Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. He was dealing with a case of the flu. Anderson remains in the driver's seat to be Denver's every-down back.
Aug 15 - 3:45 PM

C.J. Anderson exited Friday night's preseason opener against Seattle with an ankle injury.

The injury is not believed to more than an ankle "tweak." As Anderson also entered the game a bit under the weather, he was removed after just eight yards on three carries. Montee Ball was the No. 2 back through Denver's rotation.
Aug 14 - 10:31 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made it clear Wednesday that he intends to use a "bellcow" back in his offense.

"I believe in the (bell cow)," said Kubiak. "... I think if a guy goes out there and he shows he can play three downs, can protect the quarterback, and can handle it, then he should stay out there." Steve Slaton, Arian Foster, and Justin Forsett can all attest to this. C.J. Anderson reported to Broncos camp at 218 pounds, down three from OTAs. He remains in line to operate as Denver's "bellcow" this year.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 5 - 10:18 PM

The Broncos plan to run more in the red zone this season.

"(If) you can make people play eight guys in the box in the red zone and you're not throwing against an eight-man drop, three-man rush — it sure is a lot easier to run the ball," coach Gary Kubiak said. 46 percent of Peyton Manning's 2014 scores came inside the 10-yard line, while that number was 49.1 percent in 2013. Playing for Kubiak in Baltimore, just 40.7 percent of Joe Flacco's scores came inside the 10-yard line. All signs continue to point toward the Broncos dialing back their passing attack, and placing greater responsibility on the shoulders of C.J. Anderson.
Source: NBC Denver
Aug 4 - 6:04 PM

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.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 5 - 3:44 PM

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.
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."
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