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RB C.J. Anderson - Denver Broncos

5-8, 224Born: 2-10-1991College: CaliforniaDrafted: ---

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17 vs KC 37 18 61 0 1 0 0 0 0 6.1

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2017 Week 17 vs KC (18 / 61 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson had a slow day, piling up 61 yards on 18 carries as the Broncos' primary option on the ground. He surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark on the season for the first time in his career with a 10 yard carry off left tackle in the 4th quarter. Anderson was not targeted in the passing game.

2017 Week 16 vs WAS (16 / 88 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 45 / 0 rec)

Anderson came out of the gate strong, constantly moving the chains with runs of five or more yards. He hauled in his first target, a short checkdown pass on the Broncos' second offensive drive. Anderson took a carry off right tackle and bounced it outside for an 18 yard pickup early in the 2nd quarter, then ripped his longest run of the day(21 yards) right up the middle on the next drive. Osweiler peppered Anderson and Booker with checkdowns, screens, and swing routes from the backfield as the Denver passing game struggled downfield. Anderson ran a halfback screen out of bounds at the end of the first half for a short gain. Osweiler found Anderson on a swing route for a minimal gain early in the 4th, then a shallow crossing route for a similar gain. Anderson's prettiest reception was a straight shot down the seam late in the 4th where Osweiler hit him in stride for a 14 yard gain. Anderson scored a few plays later on a 5 yard run right up the middle, then scored the two-point conversion on a short out route.

2017 Week 15 vs IND (30 / 158 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Broncos opened the game up with fullback Janovich leading the way for Anderson, who carried the ball for a few short gains before ripping a 14 yard run into Colts territory. Anderson had success up the middle all night, consistently carrying the ball several yards past the line of scrimmage before contact. The beleaguered Colts defense struggled to bring Anderson down at first contact, and Osweiler was able to capitalize on Anderson's success with great play-action passing. The Broncos pounded away with 2TE formations and plenty of Janovich's lead blocking. Anderson was only targeted once, but still dominated backfield touches with 30 carries.

2017 Week 14 vs NYJ (22 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Anderson dominated the touches in the Denver backfield again, but could only muster a 2.4 ypc average with his 22 totes. He bulled his way up the middle for a 7 yard gain in the 3rd quarter, his longest on the ground. Anderson leaked out of the backfield into the left flat for a nice catch-and-run late in the 2nd quarter that barely missed converting 3rd and 13. He nearly scored on the same passing play later in the 3rd quarter, but was ruled down inches from the goal line. Anderson was then stuffed on two consecutive rushing attempts from inside the 1 yard line, until fullback Andy Janovich pounded the ball in on 3rd and goal.

2017 Week 13 vs MIA (15 / 67 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

Anderson was the only Denver player to piece together a decent fantasy performance, leading the Broncos in rushing and receiving in a losing effort. He out-touched Charles(8) and Booker(3) with 19 total touches. Anderson started out strong with carries of 7, 7, and 8 yards on the Broncos first three offensive snaps. Anderson hauled in an out route and turned it up the left sideline for a big gain early in the 3rd quarter. He leaked out of the backfield and caught a check down pass to convert 3rd and 10 early in the 4th quarter. Anderson caught another check down later in the drive for a short gain. Despite a recent trend of Devontae Booker taking over in the 2nd half of their losing efforts, the Broncos stuck with Anderson, with Charles coming in for occasional relief.

2017 Week 12 vs OAK (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson started the game and logged all of his five carries in the first half, falling out of the game plan as the Broncos feel behind. Denver's running game continues to contribute nothing to the offense(QB Lynch led the team in rushing). Denver gave Devontae Booker the only goal-line carry in the 2nd quarter. Booker started the second half in the backfield with Charles coming in for occasional relief, with no sign of Anderson. Anderson was not targeted in the passing game.

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (13 / 37 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Anderson was slightly out-snapped and out-touched by Devontae Booker for the first time this season. He carried the ball 13 times to Booker's 14, though Anderson did get the lone rushing touchdown. He set himself up for his 3 yard scoring plunge in the 1st quarter with a tackle-breaking 7 yard run right up the middle on the previous play. Booker, however, had a better per-carry average and was a more effective receiver. Anderson leaked out of the backfield and caught a checkdown pass in the 2nd quarter, barreling down the field after the catch for extra yardage. He hauled in a swing route out of the backfield at the end of the 1st half, running up the sideline and stepping out of bounds to stop the clock for the field goal unit just before halftime. Anderson lost a fumble in the 4th quarter when a diving defender placed his helmet squarely on the ball while tackling him.

2017 Week 10 vs NE (10 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

The Denver backfield situation continues to evolve into a three-way committee. Anderson was the most effective on a per-carry average. Anderson received 10 carries, and Charles and Booker 8 each. Anderson broke a 21 yard run right up the middle late in the 1st quarter, his longest carry of the day. Anderson punched the ball into the end zone in the 3rd quarter after cutting a run back left and racing a linebacker to the pylon, but the play was negated by a holding penalty on the offensive line. Anderson caught a short out route in the 2nd quarter, his only target of the day.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (9 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson was once again the first back out of the stable, but the Denver run game continues to be completely inneffective. Anderson had a few good carries on the first drive of the game, racking up 19 yards on the series. He then watched his yardage dwindle as every carry afterwards went for a loss or no gain. Denver turned to Charles and Booker by the end of the 1st quarter as Philly raced out to a 17-3 lead, forcing the Broncos to pass. Anderson carried the ball twice inside the Philadelphia 10 yard line late in the 2nd, both for a loss. He carried the ball a few more times in the 2nd half, but Booker handled the majority of work after halftime. Anderson dropped his only target, a checkdown pass at the end of the 1st half.

2017 Week 8 vs KC (15 / 78 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Anderson led the Denver rushing attack in yards again, grinding hard throughout the contest. Denver had success moving the ball in the run game, they just couldn't stick to it after committing early turnovers and falling behind. Anderson got the start but conceded some work to Charles and Booker(14 combined carries to Anderson's 15) with Booker getting the majority of red zone touches in week 8. Anderson ripped off consecutive runs of 11 yards in the 3rd quarter, setting up a play action pass that Siemian checked down to Anderson for another gain of 7 yards. Anderson broke a 15 yard run late in the 3rd quarter that was nullified by a holding penalty.

2017 Week 7 vs LAC (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Anderson was ineffective in the 1st half, logging a few carries for minimal yardage behind Denver's ailing offensive line. He broke his longest run of the day, an 11 yard carry off left tackle from a 4 WR set late in the 3rd quarter. He also pulled off two more 9 yard runs later that drive(One a conversion on 3rd and 4), accounting for most of his rushing yards for the day. Denver's passing game struggle mightily, with Charles and Booker(4 each) drawing most of the RB targets. Anderson collected 1 of 2 for 17 yards.

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (9 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson was not a factor as the Giants shut the run game down early and jumped out to an early lead. Denver abandoned the run game completely by the 2nd half and Anderson lost snaps to Devontae Booker, who was heavily involved in the passing game. Anderson was stuffed on a 4th and 1 attempt late in the 4th quarter, one of his few carries of the 2nd half. Anderson did not draw any targets in the passing game.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (20 / 95 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Anderson started out slow, but heated up after halftime. Early in the 3rd quarter he broke a run off right tackle and took off down the right sideline for a 40 yard gain, the longest of the night. Denver leaned on Anderson in the 3rd and 4th quarter, and he tallied 20 carries for 95 yards on the ground. Anderson caught all 4 of his targets, but gathered only 17 yards on the dumpoff passes.

2017 Week 3 vs BUF (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Anderson split time with Charles, who actually led the team in carries (Charles' 9 to Anderson's 8). Anderson ripped off an impressive 32 yard run right up the middle in the 2nd quarter, and also drew an unnecessary roughness penalty when he was hit out of bounds at the end of the play, tacking on 15 more yards. The rest of his carries were modest, ending the game with 36 yards total on the ground. Anderson caught a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain early in the 1st quarter, and another later in the 3rd for a total of 7 yards on 2 targets.

2017 Week 2 vs DAL (25 / 118 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)

Anderson dominated the Dallas defense in week 2, piling up 118 yards rushing and scoring on the ground and through the air. His longest run of the day was a magnificent 28 yard gallop in the 1st quarter that really showcased his physicality. He took the handoff right, broke an arm tackle, lowered his shoulder and ran over a second defender, showed off a nimble spin move, and then used a stiff arm to ward off a would-be tackler as he piled up yards down the sideline. His rushing touchdown showed some serious burst as he took a 3rd quarter carry 23 yards off left guard, dodging a couple of tacklers and outrunning the safety up the left sideline for the pylon. Anderson was heavily involved in the passing game, catching his first target for a decent gain on an out route in the 1st quarter. He scored on a stick route to the right side of the formation late in the 2nd quarter, shaking his defender before catching the pass and plowing up the middle of the field to the end zone. Anderson picked up a 1st down on 3rd and 11 with a 3rd quarter screen pass. He added 36 receiving yards to his 118 rushing for the day.

2017 Week 1 vs LAC (20 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Anderson got the start and shared time in the backfield with Jamaal Charles. The duo proved to be an effective 1-2 punch, posting nearly identical YPC(Anderson-4.1, Charles 4.0). Anderson got most of the tough carries between the tackles, toting the ball 20 times to Charles' 10. Anderson bounced a carry outside off left tackle and juked a defender out of his shoes midway through the 2nd quarter for a big gain. He was stuffed on a 1st and goal carry inside the 1 yard line later in the drive. Anderson had a touchdown run up the middle in the third quarter that was called back for an illegal offensive shift. He caught 1 of 3 targets for a gain of 7.


Latest News

Broncos | C.J. Anderson released (Mon Apr 16, 10:40 AM) - Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will be released Monday, April 16, according to a source.

Our View: This move had been expected for some time. Anderson was on the trade block but was not generating much interest, so the team decided to release him on the first day players reported to Dove Valley. A 1,000-yard rusher last year, Anderson's agent has already had several teams check in on his availability. The move saves Denver $4.5 million in cap space.
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Broncos | C.J. Anderson will be at workouts (Sun Apr 15, 09:42 PM) - Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson said he will be at the start of the offseason workout program Monday, April 16, and he is using the rumors that he was being traded as motivation.

Our View: Anderson has always been motivated by how much the team loves him. He used that as motivation to rush for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career last season. Anderson is not safe by any stretch as the Broncos could be in line to select Saquon Barkley with the no.5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. If they select a running back with a premium pick, the Broncos could move Anderson in a trade or outright release him...saving his total $4.5 million salary in the process.
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Broncos | Recent C.J. Anderson trade nixed by Miami? (Tue Apr 10, 12:04 PM) - The Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins reportedly had a verbal agreement in place to trade RB C.J. Anderson for OT Ja'Wuan James before the Dolphins 'surprisingly nixed' the deal, according to Denver 7's Troy Renck.

Our View: This was known for some time but it's getting out there a bit more. Anderson has been on the trade block since the Scouting Combine at least, but there have been no takers for his services. There's a chance he remains with the team at a $4.5 million price tag, but it may be more likely the Broncos move on with a RB drafted with a premium pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
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