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C.J. Anderson | Running Back | #22

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 224
College: California
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C.J. Anderson rushed six times for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' second preseason game.
He added one reception for no gain. Anderson was the clear-cut every-down back for Denver until he was rested and rookie Devontae Booker took over. In a run-first offense, Anderson is appealing when he lasts until the fourth round in 12-team drafts. Booker has emerged as Anderson's handcuff. Aug 20 - 10:01 PM

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C.J. Anderson reported to Broncos camp at 217 pounds.

Anderson says it's the lightest he's reported at in his four-year career. The 5-foot-8 back is listed at 224. "I did a lot more running in the offseason training than I've ever done," he said. Anderson battled ankle and toe issues for much of 2015, sapping his effectiveness early on. The lightened load can only help his feet, while 217 is still more than enough heft to shed tackles. Anderson is a legit RB1.
Jul 29 - 12:10 AM

According to the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe, C.J. Anderson "has the potential" to be a "1,500-yard back."

The Gary Kubiak Effect. Kubiak has long championed featuring his running backs and making them the focal point of his offenses. With Peyton Manning now out of the picture, Kubiak is expected to revert to that style of play in 2016. Totaling 1,500 yards should be within reach for Anderson as long as he can stay healthy and get off to a fast start. Arian Foster rushed for 1,200-plus yards and tallied 1,500-plus three times under Kubiak in Houston, and Justin Forsett totaled 1,529 in 2014 in Kubiak's lone season with Baltimore. Anderson remains one of the better picks at his current fourth-round ADP.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 25 - 9:13 PM

C.J. Anderson said he doesn't think "there's any question" that coach Gary Kubiak wants to run the ball far more often this season.

"All you have to do is look out there and see a fullback running around," Anderson said. "I mean, we even drafted one. [Kubiak] wants to run the ball." Everything the Broncos have done this offseason points to the Broncos being a run-dominant offense in 2016. With Mark Sanchez penciled in at QB, the additions of LT Russell Okung and RT Donald Stephenson, offer-sheet match on Anderson, and drafting of FB Andy Janovich, Denver wants to be near the top of the league in rushing attempts after checking in at 17th last year. Anderson projects to be Kubiak's new Arian Foster. He can be viewed as a value pick currently being drafted in the fourth round of MFL best-ball leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 11:45 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson is "ready to be an every-down back."

Anderson has drawn raves from Kubiak for his conditioning at OTAs/minicamp. His first-half struggles forced him into a committee last season, but he’s projected for the majority of the carries over rookie Devontae Booker and Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos are counting on Anderson to build off his postseason after giving him a four-year extension. Anderson’s contract locks him in as the Week 1 starter, but there's not a huge leash if he has another slow start.
Jun 9 - 6:31 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck still expects C.J. Anderson to be the lead back.

Denver re-signed Ronnie Hillman and spent a fourth-round pick on Devontae Booker, but Renck still expects Anderson "to receive the bulk of the carries." Not everyone agrees with that opinion, however. ESPN's Jeff Legwold has said on multiple occasions he expects Booker to push for carries, although it is possible those come at the expense of Hillman. Anderson has a ton of upside, but his usage remains a big concern.
Source: Denver Post
May 12 - 11:49 AM

ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports the Broncos view C.J. Anderson as "potentially 'The Guy' in the run game."

They should tell their actions. After ludicrously giving Anderson an original-round tender instead of ponying up an extra $882,000 for the second-round option, the Broncos were almost forced to match the Dolphins' four-year, $18 million offer sheet because of their situation at quarterback. The big deal should ensure Anderson is the lead back moving forward, but the Broncos have not shown much commitment to Anderson thus far in his career. Denver is also reportedly interested in re-signing Ronnie Hillman.
Source: ESPN
Apr 5 - 11:03 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson "can be one of the top backs in the league."

"C.J. played his best football at the end of the year," Kubiak said. "I think C.J. hasn’t even reached the heights he can reach. I think C.J. is really just getting started." With the quarterback situation unsettled, the Broncos will likely utilize a run-heavy scheme this season. The extra work should benefit Anderson, who owns a career 4.8 YPC average, but only if he can stay on the field. He has never had more than 179 carries in a season and struggled through injuries last year. Still, Anderson finally looks poised to be the true No. 1 back in Denver.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 10:53 AM

Broncos re-signed restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson to a four-year, $18 million contract.

Cue the sad trombone for the Dolphins, who had supposedly structured Anderson's offer so the Broncos couldn't match it. With their quarterback situation remaining unsettled, the Broncos decided they couldn't lose a runner who was easily their best back last season, and one of their most important players down the stretch each of the past two years. Now the undisputed lead back for an offense that will likely be dramatically more run heavy in 2016, Anderson and his three-down skill-set should provide RB1 value in fantasy leagues.
Mar 15 - 3:10 PM

The Dolphins' offer sheet to restricted free agent C.J. Anderson contains a signing bonus of $5.25 million that must be paid by March 31.

Including bonuses and salary, Anderson's first-year pay will be $6 million, tying DeMarco Murray for the NFL's third highest 2016 total payments among running backs, behind only Adrian Peterson ($11 million) and Doug Martin ($8 million). Klis reports the Bears offered Anderson a four-year, $19 million deal -- more than Miami's four-year, $18 offer -- but Anderson preferred the familiarity of new Dolphins coach Adam Gase's offense. The Dolphins intentionally frontloaded Anderson's offer sheet in order to make it more difficult for the Broncos to match. Denver has until Tuesday at 4pm ET to make a decision.
Mar 13 - 3:00 PM

Mike Klis of 9 News Denver said "don't be surprised" if the Broncos match Miami's four-year, $18 million offer sheet for restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson.

Klis acknowledges that Denver "badly misread" Anderson's market, failing to give him a second-round tender that likely would have kept him in the Mile High City. To get him back, they'll have to pay a little extra. The Broncos still have a world-class defense in place but their offense has huge holes to fill with Brock Osweiler gone, little at tight end, and Anderson possibly on his way to Miami.
Mar 11 - 9:44 AM

Dolphins signed restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson to a four-year, $18 million offer sheet.

The Broncos now have five days to match, or Anderson will reunite with new Dolphins coach Adam Gase and become Miami's bellcow back. Anderson can catch, pass block, and run inside, and he has system familiarity after playing in Gase's 2014 offense in Denver. If the Broncos fail to match Anderson's offer sheet, they will receive no compensation. Had the Broncos given Anderson a second-round tender instead of the "original-pick" tender, they would've received a second-round pick had this same scenario played out. (It wouldn't have.)
Mar 10 - 4:48 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports restricted free agent C.J. Anderson was about to board a flight to Chicago to visit the Bears before jumping on a plane to visit the Dolphins on Thursday.

Anderson received the call from Miami while he was at the airport, and got a new flight. Klis fully expects the Dolphins to sign Anderson to an offer sheet, giving the Broncos five days to match. Klis says there are four teams "bidding" on Anderson -- the Dolphins, 49ers, Patriots, and Bears.
Mar 10 - 12:16 PM

Pro Football Talk reports the Bears and Patriots are interested in restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson.

This is in addition to Miami, who Anderson is visiting on Thursday. Anderson played for Dolphins coach Adam Gase in Denver, and it would be surprising if he left his visit without an offer sheet. Even if the Broncos dodge an offer sheet from the Dolphins, it is becoming clear Anderson is going to sign a long-term deal with someone. After ridiculously giving him the lowest tender, the Broncos will either have to match or lose Anderson for nothing.
Mar 10 - 11:13 AM

Restricted free agent C.J. Anderson will visit the Dolphins on Thursday.

Anderson has also drawn interest from the Bears, Patriots and 49ers. The Dolphins are looking for running back depth after losing Lamar Miller to the Texans on Wednesday. With Jay Ajayi ready to take on a bigger workload, Anderson's role in Miami would be similar to the one he played in Denver as a committee back with Ronnie Hillman. As a restricted free agent, the Broncos have the right to match any offer Anderson receives on the open market.
Mar 10 - 10:50 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Trevor Siemian
2Mark Sanchez
3Paxton Lynch
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3Ronnie Hillman
4Kapri Bibbs
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
FB1Andy Janovich
2Toben Opurum
3Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Bennie Fowler
3Cody Latimer
4Jordan Taylor
5Mose Frazier
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3DeVier Posey
4Bralon Addison
5Durron Neal
WR31Bennie Fowler
TE1Virgil Green
2Jeff Heuerman
3Garrett Graham
4Henry Krieger-Coble
5John Phillips
LT1Russell Okung
2Kyle Roberts
3Lars Hanson
4Cameron Jefferson
LG1Max Garcia
2Connor McGovern
3James Ferentz
4Aaron Neary
C1Matt Paradis
2Dillon Day
RG1Darrion Weems
2Ty Sambrailo
3Robert Myers
RT1Donald Stephenson
2Michael Schofield
3Justin Murray
K1Brandon McManus