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22 C.J. Anderson RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/224 | Birthdate: 2/10/1991 | Birthplace: Richmond, CA, USA | Team: Denver | College: California | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/96 | Average Draft Position: 162.80
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C.J. Anderson enters offseason as Broncos top RB


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak declared that C.J. Anderson was the team's starting running back entering OTAs. 

"He made a big jump as a player, and I think he's earned the right to walk in to the offseason program -- the OTAs -- and line up as our starter," Kubiak said, per DenverBroncos.com. "But he's got to continue to earn it on a daily basis. I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him."

Anderson rushed for 849 yards and eight touchdowns last season, most coming late in the season, after Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman went down to injury. 

"All those guys are young. I think all three of those guys ... have all kind of had their little spurts of success with the club when they've had their opportunity," Kubiak said. "But they're all young. Who's going to be the bell cow, who's going to play every down, who's going to be the three-down player, they've got to sort that out. C.J. has shown the flashes of doing that."


Broncos' Kubiak: RB C.J. Anderson will enter offseason as starter


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak saw enough of running back C.J. Anderson from last season's film to name him the starter heading into offseason programs, according to CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer Jamey Eisenberg. 

Anderson had the best success of any of the Broncos' running backs in 2014, running for 849 yards and eight touchdowns after assuming the starting role midway through the season. 

Competing for playing time in the backfield will once again be Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. 

Historically, Kubiak's offenses have been effective in running the football. As the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2014, Kubiak led the rushing attack to an average of 126.2 yards per game, which ranked eighth in the NFL. 


Broncos' Gary Kubiak to C.J. Anderson: 'Handle yourself like a starter'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters during Wednesday's combine press conference that he met with running back C.J. Anderson and told him "you need to walk in here handling yourself like a starter," per ESPN.

Kubiak's zone-blocking offense is running-back friendly, which could benefit Anderson moving forward. Anderson started last season as the No. 3 running back on the depth chart before emerging as the top back with 849 yards rushing, 324 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns in 15 games (seven starts). He will enter next season as the team's No. 1 back, though he'll have to fight off challenges from Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.


Broncos RB Montee Ball vows to return 'ready to win the job'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/10/2015) Broncos running back Montee Ball, limited to five games last season by a groin injury, promised he'll return "ready to win the job," reports ESPN.com. Ball was the starter entering the 2014 season, but in 2015 he'll likely vie for a backup role behind C.J. Anderson, who went to the Pro Bowl.

Ball also must compete with Juwan Thompson and Ronnie Hillman in the crowded backfield. Ball was ineffective before getting hurt, averaging 3.1 yards per carry.


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson excited for Gary Kubiak's offense


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/20/2015) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who scored 10 touchdowns from Week 10 onward, said he's excited about the zone-blocking scheme new coach Gary Kubiak is bringing, reports the Denver Post. The paper notes that in Kubiak's 11 seasons as an assistant in Denver, a Broncos rusher went over 1,000 yards 10 times.

"I have known about his system for a while, and what he accomplished," Anderson said of Kubiak. "One cut downhill and go get it. It fits me and the offense well. It's always been successful. He knows the team we have and what we can do. I can't wait to get started working with him."

Anderson will enter next season as the team's No. 1 back, though he'll have to fight off challenges from Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. Anderson averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception and became the ninth Broncos running back to make the Pro Bowl.


Broncos' C.J. Anderson to replace Le'Veon Bell in Pro Bowl


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will replace Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell in the Pro Bowl, according to ProFootballTalk. Bell hoped to play in the game after suffering a hyperextended knee in Week 17, but he did not get the medical clearance needed to participate.

Anderson had 849 rushing yards on 179 carries with eight touchdowns in 2014. He also had 324 receiving yards with two touchdowns.


C.J. Anderson totals 120 yards in losing effort for Denver


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson had 19 carries for 91 yards in Denver's 24-13 loss to the Colts in Sunday's divisional round of the playoffs.

Anderson also had six catches for 29 yards. It was Anderson's third straight game with over 100 total yards. In seven games as the starting running back for Denver, Anderson rushed for 739 yards on 159 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scoring nine touchdowns.


Broncos' C.J. Anderson scores three times Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson found the end zone three times Week 17 against the Raiders. 

Anderson finished second on the team with 13 carries, but wound up leading the way with 87 yards rushing. He broke off an 11 yard run in the first quarter for his first score of the game. His second touchdown came easier, as Anderson was able to plunge it in from 1 yard out. In the third quarter, Anderson put the finishing touches on his excellent game. He broke off a 25 yard scamper, finding the end zone for a third time. He also picked up two receptions for 20 yards.

Anderson has a bye next week. He's started the last six games for the club, and finishes the regular season with 849 yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. 


Peyton Manning, Emmanuel Sanders cleared to play for Broncos


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) The Broncos will have both Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders Week 17 against the Raiders. 

Manning came into the contest listed as probable due to a thigh injury. He was never really expected to miss the contest. Sanders was listed as questionable with a hip issue. He was a limited participant in practice all week.

The team will also have nearly all of their probable players. That means C.J. Anderson, Lamin Barrow, David Bruton Jr., Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Ronnie Hillman, Will Montgomery, Manny Ramirez, Jacob Tamme, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Kayvon Webster and Derek Wolfe will all attempt to play. 


Broncos will play starters in hopes of clinching first-round bye


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Broncos are still playing for a first-round bye, meaning they'll "play to win" against Oakland on Sunday, a source told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, along with other stars like wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip), tight end Julius Thomas and running back C.J. Anderson are expected to play a significant role in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Raiders. The Broncos can clinch a first-round bye with a win. If they lose to Oakland and Cincinnati defeats Pittsburgh, Denver will be playing in the opening round of the playoffs.

Denver is a 14-point home favorite over the Raiders on Sunday.


Broncos list 20 players on final injury report


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Broncos have ruled out linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) for Sunday's regular season finale against Oakland. Defensive back T.J. Ward (neck), tackle Paul Cornick (toe) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (hip) were deemed questionable, while 16 players were deemed probable.

Those included running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), linebacker Lamin Barrows (illness), safety David Bruton Jr. (calf), tackle Ryan Clady (thigh), tackle Chris Clark (back), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), Peyton Manning (thigh), center Will Montgomery (knee), center Manny Ramirez (illness), tight end Jacob Tamme (foot), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (hip, knee), defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (illness), cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (knee).


C.J. Anderson nets sixth touchdown in past five weeks


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/23/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson ran 18 times for 83 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown, and caught eight of 10 targets for 55 yards in Monday's loss to the Bengals.

It was Anderson's sixth score in the past five weeks. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry after failing to average 3.0 yards per carry the previous two games.

Anderson dominated backfield snaps Monday night. But with Ronnie Hillman expected to return Week 17 against Oakland, Anderson could cede some touches. Anderson has averaged 28.5 touches over the past two weeks.


RB Ronnie Hillman inactive as C.J. Anderson starts again


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/22/2014) Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman, who was questionable with a foot injury, is inactive at Cincinnati and will miss his sixth straight game. Running back C.J. Anderson, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active and will get another start.

Anderson has scored five touchdowns in the past four games while receiving at least 21 touches in each. Juwan Thompson (knee, ankle) also is active after being listed as questionable and will back up Anderson.


Broncos unveil final Week 16 injury report


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) The Broncos released their final injury for the Week 16 game against the Bengals and listed C.J. Anderson, Chris Clark, Cody Latimer, Will Montgomery, Jacob Tamme, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas as probable.

The following players are listed as questionable: Ryan Clady (thigh), Ronnie Hillman (foot), Peyton Manning (thigh), Emmanuel Sanders (illness), Juwan Thompson (hip/knee) and Kayvon Webster (shoulder).

Linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) and offensive tackle Paul Cornick (toe) were ruled out of the game.


Broncos running back C.J. Anderson held to 85 rushing yards


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Despite receiving 29 rushing attempts, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was held under 100 rushing yards in a 22-10 win over the Chargers Sunday.

Anderson led the team with 29 carries for 85 yards, but failed to find the end zone. He was targeted two times and caught two receptions for 11 yards.

The Broncos play at Cincinnati Week 16.


Broncos' C.J. Anderson probable for Sunday against the Chargers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was a full participant in Friday's practice and designated as probable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. 

Anderson, who did not practice Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, is dealing with an ankle injury that had him in and out of last Sunday's game against the Bills. 

Anderson has 594 rushing yards and four touchdowns this year. 


Broncos' C.J. Anderson says his ankle feeling is 'really good'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who is dealing with an ankle injury, missed practice Wednesday.

"It feels really good to be honest with you," Anderson told the Denver Post. Anderson was in and out of Week 14's game against the Bills with the ankle injury, but still managed three touchdowns on 21 carries.

The Broncos face the Chargers in Week 15. 


Broncos' C.J. Anderson: 'I'll be ready on Sunday'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told reporters Tuesday his injured ankle is nothing to worry about, reports ESPN Denver.

"I'm fine," Anderson said. "I feel good and I’ll be ready Sunday."

Anderson injured his ankle during the third quarter of Week 14’s win over Buffalo, but he was able to return in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos play at San Diego Sunday.


C.J. Anderson scores three touchdowns despite ankle injury


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson fought through a recurring ankle injury Sunday and rushed for three touchdowns in the win over Buffalo. Anderson ran 21 times for 58 yards, scoring from 6, 1, and 3 yards out.

He was not targeted in the passing game.

Anderson has scored six touchdowns in his last five games entering Week 15 at San Diego. 


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson back from ankle injury


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson returned to the game against Buffalo in the fourth quarter after leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Anderson had a rushing touchdown in each of the first three quarters.

C.J. Anderson leaves with ankle injury after scoring three times


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson left the game against the Bills in the third quarter with an ankle injury after rushing for three touchdowns. Anderson scored in each of the first three quarters, finding the end zone from 6, 1, and 3 yards out.

Juwan Thompson replaced Anderson and had a 47-yard run of his own.


Demaryius Thomas, C.J. Anderson among Broncos cleared to play


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and running back C.J. Anderson (ankle) are active for the game against Buffalo after being listed as probable.

Also suiting up for Denver are offensive tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).


C.J. Anderson, Aqib Talib among Broncos' probables for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Broncos unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against Buffalo. Eight of the 17 players on the list received the green light and were deemed probable for Sunday. Those players were: Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (knee) and wide receiver Wes Welker (rest)

Safety Quinton Carter (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Meanwhile, running back Montee Ball (groin), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) were ruled out for Sunday.


C.J. Anderson becoming Fantasy star


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2014) If you grabbed C.J. Anderson when fellow Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman went down in Week 10, joining Montee Ball on the sidelines, congratulations. You're the winner of this season's waiver wire lottery.

It took a while for him to make an impact, but after his second straight game with 160-plus rushing yards Week 13 at Kansas City, it's pretty clear now he's the most impactful of the players who went undrafted this year.

Apologies to Justin Forsett, who has been relevant longer but hasn't been the one-man wrecking crew Anderson has become. And it didn't just begin in Week 12, mind you. Anderson had 163 total yards, 90 rushing and 73 receiving, the week Hillman went down and 115 more, 29 rushing and 86 receiving, the following week. The most Hillman ever had was 138, and he was considered a fine waiver claim himself.

Most likely, the matchup had a little something to do with Anderson getting 32 carries in Week 13. The Chiefs rank first against the pass and 30th against the run. But even on those days he's not running so often, he's already proven he's a dynamic receiving option out of the backfield.

He's like the Broncos' version of Le'Veon Bell. And you'd never sit him, right?


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson piles up 168 rushing yards vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson rumbled for 168 yards on 32 carries while adding another 17 yards and a touchdown on two receptions in his team's 29-16 win over the Chiefs in Week 13.

Anderson played heavily into the gameplan Sunday as the Broncos leaned on the ground attack, but after the lead runner scored the second touchdown of the first quarter on a pass from Peyton Manning, the offense wasn't able to reach the end zone for the remainder of the game, settling for five field goals. Anderson still showed what he could do as the bell-cow back for the second straight week, and he's managed an incredible 335 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards and two total touchdowns in his last two games. His next test will come against the Bills in Week 14.