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RB C.J. Anderson - Denver Broncos

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

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General News (Wed Feb 1): said he has been running at full speed and expects to be cleared for all football-related activities later this month. He said he has not make any cuts while running yet but is not feeling much pain.

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2016 Week 7 vs HOU (16 / 107 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson got the start at halfback and mixed reps successfully with Devontae Booker, as both backs consistently churned out positive yardage against the Houston front 7. The Denver run game looked as good as it has all year. Anderson scored the Broncos' first touchdown of the day in the 2nd quarter on a 7 yard run. Anderson lined up in the backfield behind an offset Andy Janovich, then followed the fullback to the right side of the line before cutting back through a gaping hole to the left and scoring untouched. Anderson broke a handful of tackles and seemed to carry half the Houston defense on his back while toting the ball for his longest run(19 yards) on the last drive of the 1st half. Anderson lost goal line carries to fullback Janovich and Booker in the 3rd quarter when Booker scored his touchdown. He was not targeted in the passing game.

2016 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Anderson had a slow day on the stats sheet that would have looked a lot better without a few penalties on Anderson's biggest plays of the day. He had a big gain on the ground on an unexpected draw play in the last minute of the 1st half but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. He got robbed of another big gain by a holding penalty in the 3rd quarter after galloping around the right end for 15 yards. Anderson was robbed yet again late in the 4th quarter when he caught a pass out of the backfield and broke a couple of tackles on his way to scoring a 15 yard touchdown. The offensive line drew another holding penalty to negate the play. Anderson recorded his official gain(11 yards) on a draw play late in the 4th quarter. Anderson caught 4 of 5 targets during Denver's last 2 drives of the game. With the offense operating primarily in a 4WR spread set, Siemian checked down to Anderson out of the backfield frequently.

2016 Week 5 vs ATL (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Anderson had 41 yards on 11 carries and was generally terrible in short yardage situations, failing to convert several 3rd and short situations, but he's not the only one to blame. The Denver offensive line posted a pretty terrible performance in both the run game and pass protection. Anderson recorded his biggest gain on the ground(10 yards) in the 4th quarter, but promptly dropped a wide open pass on the next play. Anderson hauled in all 3 of his receptions for the day on checkdowns during the Broncos' lone touchdown drive of the game late in the 4th. He was spelled by Devontae Booker early in the 1st quarter as the Broncos tried to inject some "fresh legs" into the run game, but Denver fell behind and abandoned the run by the 2nd half.

2016 Week 4 vs TB (19 / 49 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Anderson and the other Broncos backs had a slow day on the ground. Anderson netted 49 yards on 19 carries but saved his day with a short touchdown plunge in the 2nd quarter. Jordan Taylor drew a pass interference flag in the end zone, setting the Broncos up on the 1 yard line before Anderson dove in for the score. Anderson picked up his biggest gain of the day, 12 yards, on a delayed handoff late in the 2nd quarter. The play occurred when Denver was backed up into their own red zone on 3rd and long after a couple of penalties. Anderson ripped off a 22 yard run after the weather delay in the 4th quarter, but the play was called back because of an illegal shift penalty. Anderson secured his only target for a short gain of 3 yards.

2016 Week 3 vs CIN (14 / 37 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Anderson had a couple of decent runs, but the Denver run game was a non-factor in week 3. Instead, the team turned to big plays in the passing game to beat the Bengals. Anderson only got 14 attempts, which was still the majority of Broncos carries (4 for Booker, 1 for Janovich and Norwood). It was also a slow day for Anderson in the passing game. He managed 1 catch for 4 yards on 4 targets.

2016 Week 2 vs IND (20 / 74 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Anderson again saw the majority of carries for the Broncos offense, with rookie Booker stepping in occasionally to rest him. Anderson's touchdown run was easy work. Thomas drew a pass interference call to set the offense up inside the red zone, then rookie Booker carried the ball down to the 4 yard line. The Broncos called Anderson's number on the next play, and he walked into the end zone behind some phenomenal blocking by the Denver O-line and receivers. Anderson kept running hard throughout the game. He broke his longest run, 13 yards, with less than 2 minutes left to play in the 4th quarter. Anderson had a beautiful reception out of the backfield late in the 2nd quarter. Facing 3rd and 10 with 45 seconds left to play in the half, Siemian looked to Anderson out of the backfield, but threw the pass behind him. Anderson snagged the ball one-handed, flashed a brilliant spin move to juke a defender, and picked up the 1st down yardage and some extra before running out of bounds. Anderson's per-carry average(3.7) for the day wasn't great, but he did a good job of running hard and picking up the short yardage situations that the Broncos needed to continue drives. He also added 19 yards receiving on 3 catches.

2016 Week 1 vs CAR (20 / 92 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)

Anderson was the bellcow back and centerpiece for the Denver offense, running hard and catching the ball well out of the backfield. He took his first carry of the game right up the middle and made a nice cutback to an open lane on the right for a first down gain and some change. He had another strong carry on the next play before being spelled by rookie Booker, who promptly fumbled the ball on his first carry. After that, the Broncos offense primarily featured Anderson for the rest of the game. Anderson followed a nice lead block by fullback Janovich to his longest run of the night, a 28 yard scamper in the 2nd quarter. Anderson blasted his way to a first down on 4th and inches during Denver's last scoring drive in the 4th quarter, then followed up with a 2 yard touchdown plunge a couple of plays later for the go-ahead score. Anderson reeled in his first reception on the Broncos' second offensive drive, splitting out of the backfield to the right of the tackle and catching the ball on an out route. The big back showed off his nimble feet as he danced down the sideline and dodged a couple of tackles on the way to a big gain. Anderson made several more catches out of the backfield, and claimed the team's biggest passing gain on a well-executed halfback screen at the beginning of the 4th quarter for a 25 yard touchdown.


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