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September 18, 2020 01:56 PM
C.J. Anderson: Hanging up his cleats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson is retiring from the NFL, Adam Schefter of reports.

The 29-year-old Anderson wraps up a career in which he rushed for 3,497 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding 900 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver over 71 appearances after breaking into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Per Schefter, the next step on Anderson's path is a career in coaching in the college ranks.

December 23, 2019 07:32 PM
C.J. Anderson: Works out in Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson had a workout with the Seahawks on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Anderson was cut by the Lions after Week 2 and has been unable to latch on with another team despite multiple workouts. The Seahawks lost Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) to season-ending injuries during Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, leaving Travis Homer as the only available running back on the roster.

October 21, 2019 06:44 PM
C.J. Anderson: Working out in Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson had a workout with the Raiders on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Anderson began the season with the Lions but was let go after rushing 16 times for 43 yards through the first two weeks of the season. The 28-year-old continues to look for a new team after providing a boost for the Rams in the playoffs last season.

September 25, 2019 12:08 AM
C.J. Anderson: Working out for Texans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson is working out for the Texans on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Anderson has been without a team since being released by Detroit on Sept. 17. The 28-year-old took 16 carries for just 42 yards (2.6 YPC) in two games with the Lions this season.

September 18, 2019 10:24 AM
C.J. Anderson: Cut by Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions released Anderson on Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

In a surprising turn of events, the Lions claimed Paul Perkins off waivers and sent Anderson packing. Anderson had a decent role in the offense Week 1 with 11 carries for 35 yards, but he was outproduced by rookie Ty Johnson (6-30-0) in Week 2 while mustering just eight yards on five carries. Kerryon Johnson will now be the unequivocal lead back in Detroit with Ty Johnson, Perkins and J.D. McKissic rotating in.

September 16, 2019 11:56 PM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Downturn in playing time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed five times for eight yards during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.

After comfortably out-snapping Ty Johnson 24 to eight in Week 1, Anderson was third among Lions running backs with 12 snaps behind Johnson's 13. The sixth-round rookie looked like he should have taken all of them and utimately led the team with 6.0 yards per carry. It'll be interesting to see if there's actually a changing of the guard taking place behind Kerryon Johnson when Detroit travels to Philadelphia in Week 3.

September 8, 2019 10:08 PM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Significant role in season opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed 11 times for 35 yards during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals.

Kerryon Johnson ultimately led the team with 16 carries, but the workload was just about even between the two running backs throughout most of regulation. While it's still far too soon to tell if either of them is considered the team's primary goal-line back, Anderson is still an injury away from being a reliable fantasy contributor. At this point in time, he shouldn't be considered anything more than Johnson's handcuff in deeper formats.

August 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Gets eight carries in dress rehearsal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed eight times for 24 yards and secured both of his targets for 17 yards during Friday's preseason game against the Bills.

Anderson remains second in line behind Kerryon Johnson for touches, but it's starting to seem possible that Ty Johnson could also cut into Anderson's playing time this season. Ty Johnson, who caught his only pass for an 11-yard touchdown Friday, shares some similarities with the departed Theo Riddick. Perhaps the most significant development for all Lions runners, though, is the possibility that center Frank Ragnow (leg) went down with a potential long-term injury.

August 18, 2019 05:56 AM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Two carries in preseason loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed twice for six yards during Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.

Anderson served as the clear No. 2 back behind Kerryon Johnson, but there doesn't seem to be anyone else around to give Anderson competition for the job. He could see more involvement during the third preseason game Friday against Buffalo.

August 8, 2019 01:12 PM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Getting reps with first-team offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson is getting work with the first-team offense during two-minute drills, Chris Burke of the Athletic reports.

The Kerryon Johnson hype train has all but left the station after the Lions' recent release of Theo Riddick, but not all signs point toward Johnson being thrust into a true workhorse role. Not only does head coach Matt Patricia hail from a Patriots organization that deployed a committee approach to the running back position, but Anderson seems to have turned heads in training camp and is now getting run with the hurry-up offense. While Johnson should nonetheless earn the lion's share of snaps in 2019, it's possible Anderson could play a bigger role than most people realize -- especially if Johnson continues to struggle in pass protection as he has in recent joint practices with New England.

April 2, 2019 12:12 PM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Dropping weight for 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson promised he will be in better shape for 2019 with the Lions, Marlowe Atler of The Detroit Free Press reports.

Anderson admits he played at around 235 pounds late last season with the Rams, but the extra weight didn't prevent him from piling up 488 rushing yards and four touchdowns in five games (including playoffs). He did slow down during the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, averaging just 2.9 yards on 23 carries. Signed to a one-year contract Monday, the 28-year-old likely will return to his listed weight of 225 pounds in preparation for a full season in the Detroit backfield alongside Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. While Johnson is a clear favorite to handle the lead role, coach Matt Patricia has left no doubt about his preference for using a committee. There's been some chatter that Riddick could be released to clear out $3.7 million in cap space and leave more snaps for Johnson/Anderson.

April 2, 2019 11:24 AM
Lions' C.J. Anderson: Lands in Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson signed a one-year contract with the Lions on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Anderson began the 2018 season in Carolina, where he rushed for only 104 yards in nine games before he was released. His stock quickly rose once the Rams signed him in December as a replacement for Malcolm Brown (clavicle). With Todd Gurley tending to a knee injury, Anderson took 43 carries for 299 yards (7.0 YPC) and two touchdowns in two regular-season games, and 46 carries for 189 yards (4.1 YPC) and two touchdowns in three playoff games. The exact terms of Anderson's deal with the Lions haven't been disclosed, but he'll get a chance to produce in 2019 and hit free agency once again next offseason. The Lions likely intend to take a committee approach to the backfield, with Kerryon Johnson leading the way while Anderson, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner compete for snaps. There is some chance Riddick could be released in a move that would clear out $3.7 million in 2019 cap space (per

March 22, 2019 10:48 AM
C.J. Anderson: Expects to find new team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson suggested Friday on Twitter that he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Rams.

While it isn't clear the two events are related, Anderson's tweet was posted about an hour after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Rams will match Detroit's two-year, $3.25 million offer sheet for running back Malcolm Brown, who missed Weeks 14-17 and all of the playoffs after he suffered a broken clavicle in early December. His injury opened the door for the Rams to sign Anderson, who then took over the starting gig when Todd Gurley (knee) suffered an injury of his own. Anderson's strong performance in December theoretically boosted his value, but Friday's string of tweets suggest he's frustrated with an inability to find a secure workload as a free agent. The 28-year-old running back points out that he's never had the chance to handle a lead role without sharing a significant portion of carries with a younger player. Anderson should't have too much trouble drumming up interest, but he'll likely have to settle for a backup role and/or another opportunity to earn his snaps.

February 4, 2019 10:12 AM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: Shut down by Patriots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson had seven carries for 22 yards and two catches for 12 yards on three targets in a 13-3 loss to New England in the Super Bowl.

Anderson played 34 percent of snaps on offense, while Todd Gurley handled 66 but finished with just 34 yards on 11 touches. Both running backs struggled for a second straight game, and this time the Rams' passing offense wasn't able to pick up the slack. Anderson can now prepare to hit the open market for a second straight offseason, following an unusual 2018 campaign in which he was an afterthought for the Panthers but then played a crucial role in a Super Bowl run for the Rams. He'll celebrate his 28th birthday in February and may want to ditch Los Angeles in favor of a location where he'd have a shot at a starting job. On the other hand, he might be able to prolong his career if he sticks around as the No. 2 back behind Gurley.

January 25, 2019 09:04 PM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: Rids himself of designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (illness) practiced in full Friday and didn't have a designation on the Rams' injury report, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Anderson made a sudden appearance on Thursday's estimated report as a non-participant due to an illness, but it merely was a temporary concern. He now will prepare in earnest for Super Bowl LIII against the Patriots, who will attempt to stop the Rams' two-headed backfield monster of Anderson and Todd Gurley. While Anderson was leaned on more than Gurley in the team's comeback victory in the NFC Championship Game, it wouldn't surprise if roles were reversed due to letter's standing as one of football's highest-paid running backs.

January 25, 2019 01:24 AM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: Comes down with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson didn't practice Thursday due to an illness.

Fortunately, Anderson has fallen ill during the lull before the Super Bowl. He's fared quite well since joining the Rams in late December, compiling 488 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in four games. In two postseason outings with Todd Gurley back in action, Anderson has superseded the former at times, including picking up 37 snaps on offense to Gurley's 32 in the NFC Championship Game. Whether that's the case in the Super Bowl remains to be seen, but the Rams may keep both consistently involved, especially if Anderson's illness becomes a long-term concern.

January 21, 2019 09:28 AM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: Surprisingly keeps lead-back role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed 16 times for 44 yards and brought in his only target for five yards during the Rams' 26-23 overtime win over the Saints in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Anderson saw 12 more carries than Todd Gurley, a shocking development given the latter's alleged clean bill of health and the importance of the game. The 27-year-old back was unable to replicate the level of efficiency from his first three games in a Rams uniform, but that was to be expected against a stingy Saints front. Anderson was able to get some key yards on multiple carries, however, doing just enough to keep New Orleans honest. In-game reports emphasized there was nothing wrong with Gurley physically, so it will be intriguing to see what the extent of Anderson's role will be in the Super Bowl.

January 13, 2019 01:40 AM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: Exposes Cowboys in divisional round
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries during Saturday's 30-22 win against Dallas.

Anderson has been an absolute workhorse in three appearances for Los Angeles since Week 16, amassing 422 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 66 combined attempts against the Cardinals, 49ers and Cowboys. With Todd Gurley having just returned from a knee injury that forced him to sit out the Rams' last two games, Anderson was entrusted with 23 of 39 running back carries, dicing up a dominant Cowboys front seven for 5.3 yards per carry after it allowed just 3.8 yards per attempt during the regular season. Awaiting in the NFC Championship Game will be a challenging matchup for Anderson regardless of who prevails Sunday between the Eagles and Saints, as neither defense has allowed more than 97 rushing yards per game this year (both teams rank top seven in the category).

January 5, 2019 04:24 PM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: May have regular role in playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Although Todd Gurley (knee) is expected to return for the Rams' divisional-round matchup on Saturday, Jan. 12, Anderson may keep a steady role within the offense, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Anderson took full advantage of Gurley's absence in Weeks 16 and 17, parlaying 43 carries into 299 yards and two touchdowns while reeling in four of his six targets for 17 yards. Coach Sean McVay is of the belief that Gurley will be available for the Rams' postseason opener, but Anderson's performance seemingly will ensure regular touches out of the backfield, especially if the inflammation in Gurley's knee lingers. Prior to Anderson's arrival in LA, Gurley didn't yield many reps to the other running backs on the roster, though, so it's difficult to forecast what kind of workload the former can expect if the latter is good to go.

December 31, 2018 01:24 PM
Rams' C.J. Anderson: Produces again as fill-in
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson rushed 23 times for 132 yards and a touchdown while catching all three targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 48-32 win over San Francisco.

Anderson was a force in the run game for the second straight game, as he has 43 carries for 299 yards (7.0 YPC) and two touchdowns since joining the Rams on Dec. 18. Todd Gurley (knee) will now have two weeks to recover before Los Angeles hosts the divisional-round game, but Anderson has shown more than enough to feel comfortable with him in the backfield. Granted, the run defenses in the NFC playoffs are better than the likes of Arizona and San Francisco, but the 27-year-old shined despite only briefly being with the Rams.

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