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C.J. Anderson | Retired RB

Date of Birth:  02/10/1991
Age:  31
Height  5'8"
Weight:   224
College:  California
Drafted:  2013 | Undrafted
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C.J. Anderson | Retired RB


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C.J. Anderson | Retired RB

C.J. Anderson is retiring from the NFL.

Anderson appeared in two games last year with Detroit, but he hadn't had a significant role since shining down the stretch with the Rams in 2018. In seven seasons, Anderson rushed for 3,497 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 108/900/5 line as a receiver, and he was obviously a big part of Denver's Super Bowl 50 victory with 100 total yards and a score. Still just 29, Anderson is said to be getting into coaching, and we wish him the best of luck in his post-playing life.

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The Lions have released C.J. Anderson.

This is a bit of a surprise, as Anderson opened the year operated in a timeshare backfield with Kerryon Johnson. Anderson was released to make room for Detroit to claim Paul Perkins off waivers. J.D. McKissic and rookie Ty Johnson (combined nine touches in Week 2) will remain involved, but this paves the way for Kerryon to assume more of a workhorse role for the Lions after there was some concern about his workload being limited with Anderson in the mix. Anderson has surprisingly had trouble sticking with a team over the last couple of years, but he should draw interest from another squad soon.

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C.J. Anderson is signing with the Lions, according to multiple reports.

Anderson surprisingly lingered on the free-agent market for weeks despite his scorching end to last season with the Rams, and he finally finds a landing spot in Detroit. The Lions were looking to add a secondary option behind starter Kerryon Johnson, and Anderson is a perfect fit as someone to help wear down defenses for Matt Patricia's defensive-minded approach. Anderson might work his way into FLEX consideration if he gets enough touches per week, but Johnson will clearly be the Lions running back to own in fantasy leagues for 2019.

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C.J. Anderson handles nine touches in Super Bowl LIII loss.

Anderson rushed seven times for 22 yards, also adding two receptions for 12 yards. The veteran back split time with Todd Gurley—who clearly wasn't 100% as he dealt with a knee issue—but New England held the Rams to just 3 points in a 13-3 victory for their sixth Lombardi Trophy. Anderson should be back in 2019 as a change-of-pace to Gurley after coming on strong in December and January.

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C.J. Anderson leads Rams backfield in win over the Saints.

Anderson rushed 16 times for 44 yards, also adding a five-yard reception. Surprisingly, Todd Gurley handled just five touches in a 26-23 victory, as the recently-signed bowling ball of a backup ran hard against a stout front. Whether or not Gurley is 100% healthy for the Super Bowl, Anderson should remain heavily involved.

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C.J. Anderson goes off in win over the Cowboys.

Anderson rushed 23 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, splitting time with starter Todd Gurley (16 carries for 115 yards and one score) as he nurses a knee injury. The veteran runner—who has postseason experience and a Super Bowl ring on the resumé—was basically a "bowling ball of butcher's knives" as FOX's Tony Gonzalez put it at halftime, and the Rams are extremely comfortable with him picking up the slack for Gurley. Anderson should remain heavily involved for the NFC Championship Game against either New Orleans or Philadelphia.

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C.J. Anderson totals 154 yards and one touchdown in Week 17.

Anderson carried 23 times for 132 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 22 yards against the Niners, as he continues to run very well while filling in for Todd Gurley to end the season. If Gurley isn't ready for the postseason, the Rams should be very confident in the former Super Bowl champion Anderson, but ideally (and likely) Gurley will be good to go. Those that picked up Anderson late in the season might have been carried to a fantasy title by him after back-to-back big performances to end the regular season.

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C.J. Anderson goes off in Rams debut.

Drawing the start for Todd Gurley (knee), Anderson rushed 20 times for 167 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for negative-five yards. The score was a four-yard run in the first half, and the veteran consistently picked up positive yardage against the league's worst run defense. Anderson might start again to close out the regular season if Gurley isn't fully healthy, so he's a potential RB2 option for those still playing for a fantasy title. The Rams take on the 49ers next Sunday.

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The Rams are signing C.J. Anderson, according to NFL Network.

With Todd Gurley dealing with knee inflammation and backup Malcolm Brown out with a clavicle injury, the Rams are adding a veteran running back. Anderson was just briefly with the Raiders for a very short time after he spent about half the season with the Panthers, so he has some fresh legs if he is called upon. Anderson is not a highly-recommended fantasy pickup yet, but he's worth a look particularly in deeper leagues.

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The Raiders waved C.J. Anderson.

Anderson was basically signed as insurance while Doug Martin dealt with a knee injury he didn't have trouble playing through, so this isn't a surprise. Anderson will find another team at some point, but it might not happen this season.

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C.J. Anderson is signing with the Raiders, according to multiple reports.

Anderson was released by the Panthers last month, and his name has been brought up in connection with a few teams since. Oakland has gotten strong play out of Doug Martin, so this is a bit surprising, but Anderson isn’t likely to make a significant fantasy impact down the stretch. It’s possible Jon Gruden has 2019 in mind for the 27-year-old runner.

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The Panthers waived C.J. Anderson.

Anderson received two carries last Thursday night and has been squarely behind workhorse Christian McCaffrey in Carolina's backfield. Anderson had just 24 carries with the Panthers, and now he'll look to land with another team. He's just 27 and shouldn't have much trouble signing elsewhere.

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C.J. Anderson sees limited action in Week 10 loss.

Anderson rushed twice for negative-one yard in a 52-21 defeat, as he didn't see the field until the game was in hand for a couple garbage time carries. The veteran backup is just a handcuff to Christian McCaffrey and doesn't need to be owned in fantasy leagues.

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C.J. Anderson handles one touch in win over the Bucs.

It was a one-yard carry. The veteran back isn't a recommended fantasy option with Christian McCaffrey healthy. Carolina takes on Pittsburgh on Thursday night to kick off Week 10.

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C.J. Anderson rushed five times for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens.

Anderson hadn't received a carry since the first week of October, but the Panthers got him on the field with Christian McCaffrey, and the veteran looked good with a few runs up the middle. Still, Anderson probably needs a score to have fantasy relevance in any given week, so he can stay on the waiver wire.

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C.J. Anderson rushed four times for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Anderson started the year with a decent role behind Christian McCaffrey, but that hasn't been the case over the past couple games, and he's looking like a handcuff that doesn't need to be owned in 10- or 12-team leagues. The veteran is one pace for 432 total yards and four total touchdowns at the quarter mark of the season.

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C.J. Anderson catches 24-yard touchdown in win over the Bengals.

Anderson rushed twice for nine yards and turned his only reception into a 24-yard score on a beautifully designed screen pass that tricked the entire Cincinnati defense into following Christian McCaffrey. It's been a solid start for the season for Anderson heading into the Week 4 bye, but McCaffrey is expected to operate as the workhorse after showing well on 28 carries (which he turned into 184 yards) on Sunday.

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C.J. Anderson rushed three times for 31 yards in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

The veteran ripped off a 22-yard run on one of his attempts, but he also was on the receiving end of a costly interception that bounced off his hands in the fourth quarter. Anderson has looked good as a runner to start the season, but we think Christian McCaffrey should and will get more weekly touches, especially after the costly turnover against the Falcons. Consider the Panthers' No. 2 back a handcuff with limited standalone value.

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C.J. Anderson handles seven touches in Week 1 win.

Anderson rushed seven times for 35 yards, which was close to Christian McCaffrey's workload as a runner (ten carries for 50 yards). The veteran barely played with the first-team offense in preseason action, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him so involved on Sunday. We'll see how much work Anderson gets next Sunday in a key divisional matchup with the Falcons, but he is still probably off the FLEX radar in standard-sized leagues.

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C.J. Anderson played into the fourth quarter of tonight's preseason game.

While Christian McCaffrey played exclusively with the starters and scored a short touchdown at the goal line, Anderson played late into the ballgame. If there was still any doubt as to who the lead ball-carrier in Carolina will be this season, that's essentially been put to rest tonight. Perhaps Anderson will eventually work his way into a sizable role, including potentially in short yardage and at the goal line, but people should stop wondering who the lead back will be. It's McCaffrey.

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C.J. Anderson could be Carolina's lead runner this season.

Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer writes "it appears that Anderson will take the lead in the traditional running back role" over Christian McCaffrey. Rodrigue also calls Anderson the "likely starter" for the team. Anderson is coming off his first-career 1,000-yard season and has shown he can play at a high level when he's at his best, and the Panthers brought him in for an important role, but we're still not so sure McCaffrey won't be the Panthers' lead runner in the backfield this season. Also, it's worth considering how long Anderson was available in free agency and how long it took him to sign with a team—if the Panthers wanted him to be their lead back, one would think they would have went after him sooner. The Panthers backfield will be one of the biggest positions to watch this preseason.

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C.J. Anderson is signing with the Panthers, according to multiple reports.

ProFootballTalk was the first to report the news. Overall, Anderson might have played better in 2014 and 2015, but he had his first 1,000-yard season in 2017 and is still only 27 years old. After it looked like Christian McCaffrey could be in line for a monster workload this season because Carolina didn't draft a running back, this dampens things a bit. However, McCaffrey is still a good bet to get most of the carries for the Panthers this season, and Anderson hitting the 198 carries Jonathan Stewart did last season with the Panthers might be a stretch. It'll be a situation to watch during training camp and the preseason, but consider Anderson just a late-round fantasy option for now.

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The Broncos are releasing C.J. Anderson, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Despite Anderson coming off his first-career 1,000-yard season, this move isn't a surprise after Broncos executive John Elway declined to say the running back would be back with the team in 2018. The Broncos reportedly were trying to trade Anderson this offseason, but clearly nothing came together. This comes a couple years after Denver signed Anderson to a four-year contract, and now the team will move forward with Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson in the backfield. Right now, Booker might be the clear starter, but the team might add a running back early in this year's draft—perhaps Penn State's Saquon Barkley at fifth overall. For Anderson, he just turned 27 in February and should get a good amount of interest around the league. The Dolphins, who signed Anderson to an offer sheet when he was a restricted free agent in 2016, could be interested despite signing Frank Gore earlier this offseason.

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John Elway says C.J. Anderson "may or may not" be back with the Broncos.

Mike Klis of 9News spoke with Elway at the NFL Annual League Meeting, and the Broncos executive said "who knows?" if Anderson will be back with the team next season. Elway stays there are "a lot of moving parts" because of the salary cap. During the NFL Scouting Combine a couple weeks ago, Elway said "we'll see" if Anderson is back with the team in 2018. The Broncos might be attempting to trade Anderson at some point, as the non-commitment from Elway is probably not something you would do if you want a player to remain on your team. Third-year back Devontae Booker would be set to take a large role for Denver if Anderson is traded or released.

C.J. Anderson | Retired RB

John Elway doesn't commit to C.J. Anderson being back with the team in 2018.

When asked about his starting running back, the Broncos GM said, "we'll see." At this point, it would be a shock if Anderson was back, as Denver would have zero cap impact by releasing him, and they seem to love 2016 fourth-round pick Devontae Booker. The team is probably seeking a trade partner, but if not, Anderson will probably released soon. Elway also said that wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will be back with the team in 2018, which should be a selling point for Kirk Cousins and other free agent passers.

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C.J. Anderson goes over 1,000 yards in season finale.

Anderson rushed 18 times for 61 yards in the 27-24 loss. The 26-year-old started all 16 games for the first time in his career this season, rushing 245 times for 1,007 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 224 yards and another score. Despite his first 1,000-yard season, Anderson is not assured of a starting spot in 2018, and what Denver does in the offseason will determine his fantasy value next summer. It would be a surprise if he's worth drafting as anything more than a FLEX option.

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C.J. Anderson gets 23 touches in Week 16.

Anderson had a very solid game against the Redskins, carrying 16 times for 88 yards and a touchdown while also adding seven receptions (on nine targets) for 45 yards. It appears he'll remain well ahead of second-year back Devontae Booker for touches in Week 17, so consider Anderson a FLEX option agaisnt the Chiefs.

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Broncos feed C.J. Anderson in Thursday night win.

Anderson was handed 30 carries against the Colts, gaining 158 rushing yards in the Week 15 victory. This was by far a season-high in yardage for Anderson, who ran for 100 yards for the seventh time in his career (all Broncos wins). Denver would be wise to rely on the run game like they did tonight if they want to pick up a couple more wins to carry some momentum into the offseason. Anderson will be a FLEX option in Week 16 against the Redskins.

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C.J. Anderson handles 24 touches in win over the Jets.

Anderson rushed 22 times for 48 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards. He easily led the backfield in carries, but he wasn't very efficient. While the workload is encouraging, it's probably not reliable for those in the fantasy playoffs. We would look elsewhere in Week 15, even in a good matchup with Indianapolis on Thursday night.

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C.J. Anderson leads backfield in Week 13 loss.

Anderson rushed 15 times for 67 yards, adding four receptions for 43 yards. It was a surprise considering Devontae Booker had been emerging, but Denver went to the veterans in Anderson and Jamaal Charles in a 35-9 loss. It's probably best to just avoid the backfield altogether as the fantasy playoffs get underway in Week 14. The Broncos host the Jets next Sunday.

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C.J. Anderson gets five carries against Oakland.

Denver couldn't get anything going on the ground against the Raiders, and Anderson picked up only 12 yards on his five attempts. Anderson is a risky option against Miami next week.

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C.J. Anderson handles 15 touches in loss to the Bengals.

Anderson rushed 13 times for 37 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for 19 yards. Denver's first touchdown drive of the game was capped off by a three-yard run by Anderson, but he didn't do much after that, and also lost a fumble. Devontae Booker led the team with 14 carries, and he could get more work down the stretch. Anderson is just a weak FLEX against the Raiders next Sunday.

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C.J. Anderson rushed 10 times for 54 yards in Sunday's loss to New England.

He also caught a one-yard pass. Anderson looked good, but he split time with Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker as Denver fell behind early. The 26-year-old is just a decent FLEX for Week 11 against Cincinnati.

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C.J. Anderson gets nine carries in Week 9.

Anderson picked up 13 yards on his nine attempts and didn't catch his lone target in the passing game. He left briefly with an ankle injury, but Anderson appeared to be fine after getting looked at and sitting out a few plays. Because the Broncos haven't fed Anderson the ball like a workhorse back lately, it's difficult to trust him in fantasy lineups. And second-year back Devontae Booker could see more carries moving forward, with the team perhaps looking to get some kind of change or spark on offense. Anderson did run wild in his last regular season matchup with New England in 2015, and that's who Denver faces next Sunday night.

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C.J. Anderson gets 15 carries in Week 8.

Anderson gained 78 yards on his 15 carries while catching one pass for no yards. He ran well and handled about two thirds of the rushing attempts for the Broncos (Devontae Booker had six carries and Jamaal Charles had eight carries), but Booker ended up with a carry inside the ten that went for a touchdown. Not getting 20 carries per game and with a difficult matchup against the Eagles, Anderson is just a FLEX option in Week 9.

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C.J. Anderson handles just 11 touches in Week 7 loss.

Anderson rushed 10 times for 44 yards and caught a 17-yard pass. Denver should really commit more to the running game, but they've chosen to air it out in recent weeks. It will be difficult to trust Anderson as anything more than a FLEX play in Week 8 against the Chiefs.

C.J. Anderson | Retired RB

C.J. Anderson held in check as Broncos fall to Giants.

Anderson rushed nine times for just 17 yards, and he was held without a reception in the loss. The Broncos decided to throw it 50 times for some reason, as despite being down 17-3 at halftime, it's not like the Giants were marching up-and-down the field. Expect them to have more balance next Sunday against the Chargers. Anderson should be a solid RB2.

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C.J. Anderson handles 24 touches in Week 4 win.

Anderson rushed 20 times for 95 yards and caught four passes for 17 yards. Jamaal Charles impressed last week and ran well again on Sunday, but he only received five carries. Anderson has now handled 21+ touches in three of four games, and he's on pace for 1,320 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He'll be back on the RB2 map after the team's Week 5 bye.

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C.J. Anderson disappoints in loss to the Bills.

Anderson rushed eight times for 36 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in the 26-16 loss. He was out-carried and out-gained by Jamaal Charles, and not including a 32-yard rush, had only four yards on seven carries. It was a surprising performance after last week's dominant one against Dallas, and it's not like the Broncos weren't in the game the entire time on Sunday. Anderson looks like he's back to low-end RB2 territory for Week 4, as the Broncos will host the Raiders.

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C.J. Anderson runs all over Cowboys in Week 2 win.

Anderson rushed 25 times for 118 yards and one touchdown, adding three catching for 36 yards and another score. The bowling ball of a back was simply too physical for Dallas, and the long lightning delay might have helped him stay fresh for the entire game. Anderson has a tough matchup with the Bills next Sunday, but he's a solid RB2 for as long as he's healthy.

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C.J. Anderson gets 20 carries in Broncos' Week 1 win.

Jamaal Charles did get ten carries in the game, but Anderson worked as the clear lead guy in the backfield, picking up 81 yards on his 20 carries. Anderson also added a seven-yard reception. Charles did receive a couple looks at the goal line, which isn't a positive for Anderson—but he should get more than enough to have very good fantasy value this season. The Broncos play the Cowboys in Week 2 and they'll likely try to establish the running game again.

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C.J. Anderson scores in Broncos' third preseason game.

He was untouched on a first-quarter, 16-yard touchdown, and finished with nine carries for 31 yards and caught two passes for seven yards. Anderson will be the lead back for the Broncos, but Jamaal Charles looked good in his first action in a Denver uniform and could eat into his workload. Anderson is currently going in the fifth-round of fantasy drafts.

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C.J. Anderson rushed seven times for 24 yards and one touchdown in Saturday night's preseason win over the Niners.

Anderson also caught three passes for 13 yards. It was good to see the Broncos starter convert a goal line carry into a score with a one-yard run in the first quarter, and it will be interesting to see how the workload is divided if Jamaal Charles suits up next week against the Packers.

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C.J. Anderson carries five times for 21 yards in preseason game against Chicago.

Jamaal Charles did not play, but Anderson was the clear starter in the game. The fifth-year back is fully expected to get the majority of Denver's carries this season, with Charles and others mixing in. He's currently going in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

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C.J. Anderson says he's "definitely in the best shape [he's] been in a very long time."

Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com writes Anderson had an "outstanding day" at training camp yesterday. Second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch says he's been relying on Anderson to help him understand the offense because Anderson has played for offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and is "basically another quarterback out there on the field." Anderson is a hard worker that's been cutting weight to be in great shape, and the 26-year-old averages 4.6 yards per carry in his career. He's currently going around Round 4-Round 7 in fantasy drafts.

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RBBC? Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says there will be "competition" at running back.

Joseph told Denver7 News that there is always competition because it helps you become a good football team. But he notably said that at running back "you need two or three guys that can carry the load." Joseph mentioned Jamaal Charles, C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, and rookie De'Angelo Henderson all competing for time. This is looking like a timeshare situation. Charles and Anderson are the likeliest two to emerge as getting the most work this season, with Charles looking like the best fantasy option for 2017 because he averages the most yards per carry in NFL history for running backs, so he doesn't need many touches to do damage. Anderson could be the goal line back and should get a good amount of touches too. The Broncos have a very good backfield, but it could be frustrating for fantasy owners from week to week.

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Without running, C.J. Anderson is down to 223 pounds after being 240 last month.

Anderson tweeted this and that he has five more pounds to lose. Coming back from his torn meniscus, Anderson hasn't been cleared to run apparently. He must be eating healthy and working out in other ways. Cutting weight is a great thing for Anderson, who has seemed to be aware of that over the past couple of seasons, and it should help him in both the short and long term.

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C.J. Anderson will take it "slow" during Broncos team activities, according to Andrew Mason.

New head coach Vance Joseph said he has "no concerns" about getting Anderson in shape. Anderson will be 100% well before training camp after getting a few months to recover from his meniscus injury. He's expected to be the Broncos number one back, but second-year player Devontae Booker is in the mix.

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Broncos GM John Elway says the team has high expectations for C.J. Anderson next season.

They just signed Anderson last offseason to a pretty big contract and Anderson is a very hard worker, so they are right to expect great play on the field from him. He's still recovering from a torn meniscus that limited him to just seven games last season, but Anderson should be full go pretty soon. He might not be a workhorse with Devontae Booker in the fold, but he should get a good workload.