RB Mike Anderson - Free Agent

6-0, 235Born: 9-21-1973College: UtahDrafted: Round 6, pick

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2007 Week 6 vs STL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As the third string RB, Anderson was not a factor, but did manage to get on the field late in the game for a single rush attempt.

2007 Week 7 vs BUF (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Anderson relieved Willis McGahee, who went to the locker room to get an IV, in the second half. In three carries, he gained zero net yards and had a long run of two yards. Anderson caught his only target for a two yard gain.

2007 Week 12 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Anderson had one look in the passing game. Notably, he also lost a fumble on a muffed kickoff return. He wasn't lined up as a kickoff returner, but he attempted to field a short kick that he dropped.

2007 Week 14 vs IND (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Anderson got in the game late. He made one catch and ran the ball a couple of times.

2007 Week 15 vs MIA (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson had one carry in overtime for a nine yard gain.

2007 Week 16 vs SEA (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Anderson had his most productive game of the season as he took a majority of the carries once Willis McGahee left the game with an injury. Anderson led the team in rushes and rushing yardage, but overall he game wasn't that great. He lost yardage a few times, and he fumbled the ball that was returned for a touchdown by the Seahawks defense.

2006 Week 1 vs TB (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson was used sparingly in the Ravens' rushing attack, running the ball seven times for 25 yards for the game and was not targeted in the passing game.

2006 Week 2 vs OAK (1 / 34 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Anderson had only one carry but he made it count. It was a 34 yard touchdown run with about two minutes left in the game. The game was all but over at this point and it appeared the Raiders' defense was worn out and had given up at that point. He also had a one reception for seven yards.

2006 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson was a non-factor with just one carry for no yards, and he failed to catch any of the passes throw his way. At this point, he is clearly an afterthought in this offense.

2006 Week 5 vs DEN (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson carried the ball five times on his return to Denver. He was effective, gaining nine yards for a first down on his first carry. In the second half, Anderson had consecutive carries of ten yards each to convert first downs.

2006 Week 6 vs CAR (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson was used exclusively on a drive late in the third quarter, but failed to do much, with his best run of six yards called back due to a penalty.

2006 Week 9 vs CIN (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson lined up as the Ravens' quarterback on the second and third plays from scrimmage. On both plays he took the snap in the shotgun and ran forward between the tackles. The two plays gained only a combined four yards. He had one carry for five yards in the second quarter, but fumbled at the end of the play. Luckily the ball bounced directly back into his hands.

2006 Week 10 vs TEN (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson ran the ball just one time for three yards in the game.

2006 Week 11 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson played in the game, but had no carries or targets.

2006 Week 12 vs PIT (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

Anderson saw limited playing time and had 18 rushing yards on four carries, along with two receptions for one yard.

2006 Week 13 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Anderson came into the game late and caught two passes for a total of 14 yards. Other than those two targets, Anderson was completely below the radar and a non-factor in the game.

2006 Week 14 vs KC (2 / -3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Anderson came in to occasionally spell Jamal Lewis at running back. He was pretty much held in check, with negative yards on only two carries and only one pass caught for the day.

2006 Week 16 vs PIT (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Anderson caught one of two targets as an outlet receiver for a four yard gain in the first quarter. In the second quarter, he rushed for a five yard gain to the Steelers' one yard line but failed to get in the end zone on the next play being stopped for no gain. He had just five yards rushing on three carries in the game.

2006 Week 17 vs BUF (2 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Anderson carried twice in the game. His longest run went for 30 yards after he initially appeared to have been stopped for a short gain. He dropped his first target of the game but caught the next one for a gain of ten yards and a first down. His next catch was ruled out after a penalty and an 11 yard gain was negated.

2006 Week 19 vs IND (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Anderson carried four times for a total of 18 yards and two first downs. He caught one of his two targets for a six yard gain.

2005 Week 1 vs MIA (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson had only four carries before leaving the game due to a rib injury.

2005 Week 2 vs SD (15 / 49 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

After injuring his ribs in the opening game, Anderson looked to be back at full speed in this game. He was the main ball carrier and was given the carries on the opening drive before fumbling at the Chargers' two yard line. Anderson did not have any big gains running the football but he ran for three first downs. Plummer found Anderson on a 26 yard reception that took the Broncos to the Chargers' three yard line but Kyle Johnson was given the carry on the next play. Anderson played throughout the entire game. He carried the ball on the third play of the Broncos' final drive but gave way to Ron Dayne who finished out the game.

2005 Week 3 vs KC (20 / 98 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson left no doubt about who the starting running back is for the Broncos. He showed no ill effects from the rib cartilage damage he had suffered. He ran strong and bounced up quick from all hits. He had a very impressive 44 yard touchdown in the first quarter. He did have trouble punching it in from the goal line. Plummer finally ran in the one yard touchdown after Anderson had failed three straight times.

2005 Week 4 vs JAX (23 / 115 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Anderson ran very well in the game, showing both power between the tackles and a burst that got him into the Jacksonville secondary several times. He also displayed good hands and converted all of his receiving opportunities into positive gains. Anderson was used three times on plays that required two or fewer yards for a first down, and was given the ball on a first and goal play from the nine yard line.

2005 Week 5 vs WAS (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Anderson started the game but was replaced often by Tatum Bell in crucial situations. His longest run was only for nine yards, and on most of his attempts he was stuffed one or two yards downfield. Counterpart Tatum Bell showed significantly more speed and more wiggle on his attempts and was much more successful, a bad indication for Anderson owners. Anderson, however, was still very solid in blitz pickups where Bell has been known to struggle. The running situation in Denver has the makings of a full fledged committee.

2005 Week 6 vs NE (15 / 57 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson ran very well in the game, despite only carrying the ball 15 times. He showed power between the tackles and twice broke several tackles on his way to the end zone. One of those touchdown runs was called back, but Anderson showed he is an excellent option around the goal line. On two possessions in the red zone, Anderson ran the ball four times for positive yardage, with one of those runs culminating in his touchdown. Even as good as Tatum Bell looked, Anderson's position seems secure. This is looking like a one two punch situation.

2005 Week 7 vs NYG (24 / 120 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson's stat line no doubt surprised many people. In addition to the terrific stat line, he looked good doing it. Anderson carried himself with confidence, and showed determination in bursting his way through would be tacklers all game long. He almost never was taken down with the first hit, and displayed both power and elusiveness in rumbling for his second 100 yard performance of the season. Anderson converted a fourth and short early in the game, as well as scoring from two yards out at the goal line. It would appear that even if Bell did begin getting the lion's share of the touches that Anderson would likely still have some sort of short yardage/goal line role. About the only negatives one could find with Anderson's day are these. A) He wasn't targeted once in the passing game. B) He nearly scored a second touchdown in the third quarter, but was just tripped up from behind. FB Kyle Johnson caught a four yard touchdown reception on the next play. Anderson lost ten yards rushing on a play that was called back due to a penalty.

2005 Week 8 vs PHI (21 / 126 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Anderson continues to be the main ball carrier in Denver, leading the team in carries once again. Anderson gained 61 yards in the first half including a two yard touchdown dive. It was notable that the one quarter that Anderson touched the ball just once was the least productive quarter for Denver. In the third quarter, Denver had three possessions that were three and out drives and a fourth drive of just four plays. Anderson helped Denver to pick up the offense in the final quarter as he added 58 yards and on just seven carries. Anderson also lost a 21 yard gain due to a penalty in the last quarter. He finished with over 100 yards rushing, the eleventh time in his career.

2005 Week 10 vs OAK (17 / 65 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson took his first carry of the game 23 yards, and had 30 yards after his first three touches. He closed the game with just 35 more yards on his remaining fourteen touches. He wasn't given an opportunity to run wild on Oakland, who really did a solid job of stifling the Denver rushing attack. Anderson salvaged a serviceable fantasy performance with a short rushing touchdown in the third quarter. He was given a carry from the three yard line but was taken down at the one. Following an incomplete pass, Anderson was again given the ball on third down and responded with a TD plunge. Later in the game, following a fourth quarter fumble courtesy of Tatum Bell, the Broncos got the ball back with a chance to run out the clock. Perhaps importantly, perhaps not, Anderson was the ball carrier on the final drive.

2005 Week 11 vs NYJ (26 / 113 / 3 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Anderson was the more successful runner in the Broncos' committee system. He was effective in converting short yardage situations and contributed three touchdown runs. Anderson steadily chipped away at the Jet defense; his long run of 15 yards was his only carry for more than ten yards. However, Anderson did not have any carries that lost yardage.

2005 Week 12 vs DAL (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Anderson was coming off of a 26 carry 113 yard performance against the Jets and it was looking like he had developed a strong grasp primary running back in the Broncos' backfield, especially with Tatum Bell sidelined by an injury. However, Anderson found the yardage tough to come by against Dallas, while Ron Dayne had his best game in years. With Dayne making a push to be used more in the mix, the Denver running back by committee picture became a bit fuzzier. Anderson did not help his cause by losing a key fumble after catching a short pass deep in Denver's territory. Terence Newman recovered the football at the Broncos' ten yard line and Dallas scored three plays later to tie the game at 21.

2005 Week 13 vs KC (13 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 66 / 1 rec)

Anderson turned in a productive fantasy game thanks to two isolated plays. The first was a 66 yard touchdown reception from Jake Plummer early in the first quarter. He broke into the open field and had just one man to beat (Greg Wesley) to reach the end zone. Anderson put a great move on Wesley to get by him, and had already produced a solid fantasy point total after just one touch. Anderson would later add a one yard touchdown plunge after coming up short on his first attempt. It was lucky for Anderson owners that he delivered his production early on, because he didn't have a good game running the football, and didn't have another pass thrown to him the entire afternoon. In fact, Anderson owners are lucky that there even was a second touchdown run. Two plays prior, Jake Plummer seemingly had an easy touchdown run in front of him. All he needed to do was dive quickly into the end zone or just reach the ball over the goal line. Instead, Plummer opted to slide towards the line, placing him down at the two. Anderson scored two plays later. At times, Anderson displayed good balance in not going down after one hit, and was definitely fighting for yardage. There just wasn't much to be had. Anderson had a carry early in the game on which he was tackled at the four. He was stuffed on first down attempting to get in, and QB Jake Plummer was intercepted in the end zone on the next play. Anderson was involved in the biggest play of the game late in the fourth quarter. On a fourth and one, it was ruled that he had gained enough yardage for a first down. KC HC Dick Vermeil disagreed and challenged the call. The ruling on the field was overturned, and the Broncos turned the ball over on downs. Anderson was clearly short of the spot.

2005 Week 14 vs BAL (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anderson was not able to get anything going on the ground, and gave way to Bell for most of the game, finishing with only 21 yards rushing on eight carries.

2005 Week 15 vs BUF (21 / 97 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Anderson did not touch the ball on the Broncos' opening drive, but had a 15 yard run for a first down on his second carry of the game. He had a four yard gain to the three yard line before Rod Smith caught a touchdown pass. Anderson only saw seven carries for 32 yards in the first half. The Broncos improved in the second half and Anderson became more involved in the game. He scored on consecutive drives which took over 13 minutes off the clock. The first came from 11 yards out and the second from six yards out. Anderson ended the day with 21 carries for 97 yards and two scores and was the ball carrier in most short yardage situations.

2005 Week 16 vs OAK (10 / 46 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Anderson had a good first half, but the question everyone will be asking for Week 17 and beyond will be about his left ankle. Anderson caught a short pass early in the third quarter and was tackled on the sideline and rolled over his ankle. The Broncos treated it as if he might be able to return, taping his ankle heavily, but with the game well in hand Anderson did not play another down. Anderson started the game at running back for the Broncos, and he had ten rushes for 46 yards and a touchdown before halftime. He lost another touchdown on offsetting penalties when he ran it in from the four yard line of Oakland, and then carried for it to the one on the next play. QB Jake Plummer eventually scored the touchdown instead of Anderson.