Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that C.J. Anderson will remain the starting running back but he will continue to lose more touches to Ronnie Hillman , according to the Denver Pioneers Post.
Anderson has really struggled so far this season, failing to rush for even 45 yards in a single game. Hillman hasn't exactly been lighting it up either, though he did score on a 72-yard run during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings to push him well ahead of Anderson in the rushing yards category. Hillman doesn't have the size to be an every-down back, which gives Anderson some job security, though with how much the Broncos have been using the pistol formation to give quarterback Peyton Manning time in the pocket, they may not have a need for a power back on most snaps.
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught one pass on one target for 27 receiving yards Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings .
Anderson finished with the same number of carries as Ronnie Hillman , who rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown, mostly due to a 72-yard score. Hillman's long touchdown gave him more yards than the two had accumulated in the three games prior to Sunday's, evidencing how poor the running game has been. Anderson has failed to rush for 45 yards in a game this season, and given Hillman's ability to break a long one because of his speed, it's possible he could start getting more touches than Anderson, particularly if they continue to run the pistol formation to give quarterback Peyton Manning more time to throw. Up next is a Week 5 trip to Oakland.
Despite his struggles to start the season, Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will remain the starter ahead of Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson , according to the Denver Post.
Anderson has failed to rush for even 30 yards in a game this season, racking up 74 yards on 32 carries, but Hillman hasn't been much better, rushing for 88 yards on 28 carries.
Anderson reportedly had a good practice Friday, and while he'll draw the start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings , he'll continue to be on thin ice, particularly if Hillman is able to turn it around and outperform him.
It has been a less-than-stellar start to the season for Denver Broncos starting running back C.J. Anderson , who has totaled 74 rushing yards and is averaging 2.3 yards per carry through three games.
Coach Gary Kubiak and the coaching staff would like to get Anderson on track Week 4 against the Vikings.
"We have to keep C.J. on the field. C.J. has been coming off the field the past three games because he's been nicked up," Kubiak said, per The Denver Post. "Things are going on, and we need to keep him on the field consistently."
Anderson missed time through the first three games due to ankle, toe and head injuries. He cleared the concussion protocol during Sunday's game at Detroit.
Ronnie Hillman didn't fare any better, finishing with 13 yards on seven carries and three yards on one catch. With their running game stuck in the mud for a third straight week, the Broncos deployed a pass-heavy attack and ran a bunch of plays out of the pistol.
Anderson missed part of the first half while being evaluated for a possible concussion, but he played most of the snaps after he was cleared. With Anderson and Hillman both struggling to get anything going, it won't be surprising if the Broncos stick with the status quo for Week 4 against the Vikings.
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