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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 11 times for 43 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, adding a 27-yard reception.
For the third time in four games, Anderson got out-rushed by Ronnie Hillman. Pathetically, his 3.9 YPC was his highest of the season. We've never been a fan of Hillman's between-the-tackles ability, but Anderson simply isn't making plays. It's growing harder and harder to see how the Broncos stick with him as their No. 1 rushing option. Last year's sensation is on pace for a meager 468 yards on the ground, and averaging 2.7 yards per carry. He'll be little more than a middling FLEX for next week's game against the Raiders. Oct 4 - 8:14 PM

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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said the offense needs C.J. Anderson to make it through a game healthy.

"We have to keep C.J. on the field. C.J. has been coming off the field the past three games because he's been nicked up," Kubiak said. "Things are going on, and we need to keep him on the field consistently." Anderson has missed time in the first three games with ankle, toe and head injuries. He has managed to play through all three ailments, but he and the rest of the Broncos running attack has struggled. The positive to take away from these comments is it sounds like Anderson is still the lead back over Ronnie Hillman. Anderson will be a low-end RB2 against the Vikings this week.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 29 - 10:45 AM

C.J. Anderson was held to 18 yards on eight carries and one catch for nine yards in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Lions.

Anderson missed most of the first half getting evaluated for a concussion. His on-field play was the bigger concern, with Anderson finishing under 30 yards for the third week. Anderson remained in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman, who vultured a one-yard score. The Broncos are committed to using a two-back system, making Anderson more of a touchdown-dependent RB2 going forward. Anderson remains the favorite for carries, but Hillman has looked like the better back.
Sep 28 - 12:54 AM

C.J. Anderson left Sunday night's Week 3 game against the Lions and is being evaluated for a concussion.

Anderson went down on a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of the first quarter, but was cleared to return.
Sep 27 - 9:09 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold said C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman will continue to "split" carries.

"Ronnie has looked the best, but he's not very big, so I think he has a threshold regardless of how great he's doing," Legwold said. "C.J. is going to be an early-down guy a lot of the time. But when all is said and done, both are going to get plenty of carries." Legwold added touchdowns will likely go to whomever has the "hot hand." Anderson played 74 percent of the snaps Week 1 and 57 percent Week 2 despite playing through a toe injury. Anderson will get the majority of the work if he can prove healthy and effective, but Hillman has earned and deserves a role all season.
Source: ESPN
Sep 26 - 12:09 PM

C.J. Anderson says he's over his toe injury.

Anderson is practicing in full for Week 3. "I'm fine now," Anderson said. "I don't think it affected me. ... I'm expecting results. That's just the honest truth." Anderson is off to a brutal start, but has had 10 days to get his mind and body right for Sunday's game against the Lions. He's a mid-range RB2 for Week 3.
Sep 24 - 3:37 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck "figures" C.J. Anderson has one more chance to solidify his hold on the Broncos' starting job.

Anderson has struggled to 56 yards on 24 carries (2.3 YPC) so far this season. Ronnie Hillman has not been much better with 75 yards on 21 attempts (3.5 YPC), but the Broncos may be forced to make a change if the running game cannot get going this week against Detroit. Anderson will be a risky RB2 in that matchup.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 12:30 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman will "continue to play."

Anderson has three more carries and eight more touches than Hillman this season. Both players have struggled, but Anderson has looked slow and lumbering as he has played through an injured toe. Kubiak admits the offensive line has a lot to do with Anderson's and Hillman's struggles, but added, "I think there are some times as a back when things are not good that you've still got to find a way to make things happen." Anderson will remain the starter, but his hold on the role is very loose. He will be an RB2 next week against the Lions.
Source: AP
Sep 19 - 12:34 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 12 times for 27 yards in Denver's Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Anderson added a two-yard reception. For the second week in a row, Anderson couldn't progress past the line of scrimmage. Nine of his carries went for one yard or less. The Broncos' line was allowing constant penetration, but Anderson couldn't make anyone miss. Ronnie Hillman, as he was in Week 1, was better, taking the rock nine times for 34 yards. It's hard to say Anderson's job is in trouble since the Broncos' entire offense has been such a mess, but he needs to show something in Week 3. He'll be a mid-range RB2 for Denver's trip to Detroit, with a much lower flow. Anderson has 24 carries for 56 yards (2.3 YPC) through two games.
Sep 18 - 12:20 AM

C.J. Anderson (toe) is active for Week 2 against the Chiefs.

Anderson's status was never in doubt. Perhaps Ronnie Hillman will get a few more touches than usual, but Anderson can be fired up as a high-end RB2 for Denver's trip to Arrowhead Stadium. RE Malik Jackson is also active.
Sep 17 - 6:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports C.J. Anderson (questionable, toe) will be active on Thursday evening.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Thursday that Anderson's status was "up in the air," but that went against everything the Broncos and local media have been saying this week. Perhaps Anderson will lose some work to Ronnie Hillman, but he's going to start at Arrowhead Stadium. Anderson will be more of an RB2 than RB1 as Denver looks to shake off last week's rough start.
Sep 17 - 1:48 PM's Ian Rapoport reports C.J. Anderson's (questionable, toe) status is "up in the air" for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.

We're a bit dubious on this, as the Broncos have insisted Anderson is fine, and the local media hasn't found any reason for concern. GM John Elway promotes a fairly transparent atmosphere on injuries. We fully expect Anderson to suit up Thursday, but perhaps he'll be on more of a snap count than originally anticipated. Anderson is more RB2 than RB1 for Week 2, and could lose a decent amount of work to Ronnie Hillman.
Sep 17 - 1:17 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck said C.J. Anderson (questionable, toe) will likely lose carries to Ronnie Hillman this week.

"Anderson's less than 100 percent on this short week," Renck said, "logic says he will lose some carries to Ronnie Hillman based on how Hillman has played in the preseason and against the Ravens." Anderson is fully expected to play Thursday night, but there is certainly a chance he is limited after a disappointing Week 1 performance. Anderson is more of an RB2 this week.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 17 - 8:51 AM

C.J. Anderson (toe, ankle) is listed questionable for Week 2 against the Chiefs on Thursday night.

Anderson got in two limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday on the short week, and we've seen no worry from Broncos beat writers about him missing this AFC West showdown. Look for Anderson to handle 15-plus touches as a back-end RB1. He should be the focal point of the offense Thursday night.
Sep 16 - 1:05 PM

C.J. Anderson (toe, ankle) was upgraded to a limited practice Tuesday.

On a short week, don't expect Anderson to take many practice reps. He played through the injury Week 1, and the expectation is he'll be fine for Thursday night's AFC West tilt with the Chiefs. Treat Anderson as a mid-to-low RB1.
Sep 15 - 9:43 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Trevor Siemian
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3Juwan Thompson
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
FB1James Casey
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Bennie Fowler
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Cody Latimer
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Owen Daniels
2Virgil Green
3Mitchell Henry
LT1Ty Sambrailo
2Tyler Polumbus
3Michael Schofield
LG1Evan Mathis
2Max Garcia
C1Matt Paradis
2James Ferentz
RG1Louis Vasquez
2Shelley Smith
RT1Ryan Harris
K1Brandon McManus