Undrafted running back C.J. Anderson has announced his plan to retire at age 29.
Anderson was signed by the Broncos out of California in 2013. The undersized bruiser made a Pro Bowl in 2014 and helped lead the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50. He’ll finish his seven-year career having racked up 3,497 rushing yards for four different teams.
C.J. Anderson is working out with the Texans on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero reports.
Anderson appeared in two games for the Lions before being released due to middling results. The veteran back was an integral part of the Rams’ Super Bowl run last season, shouldering a heavy load with Todd Gurley banged up. He’s still capable of meaningful contributions, but he’ll likely just be a depth add if he signs with Houston, as the tandem of Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson have been productive through three games.
C.J. Anderson was released by the Lions Tuesday.
The Lions cut Anderson and claimed running back Paul Perkins in a corresponding move. Anderson had a decent role in Week 1 with 11 carries for 35 yards, but was out produced by rookie Ty Johnson (6-30-0) in Week 2 by logging eight yards on five carries. He will look to latch onto another team. The Lions backfield will be led by Kerryon Johnson followed by Perkins and J.D. McKissic.
Detroit Lions number two running back C.J. Anderson saw just five Week 2 touches.
C.J. Anderson continues to see a role in the Lions offense, but saw his carries dip from 11 in Week 1 to five in Week 2. Anderson saw just 12 snaps compared to 13 for Ty Johnson. Anderson is likely to see reduced workloads when the Lions are dealing with negative gamescripts. Anderson is someone to hold onto in deeper leagues as he is just one injury away from flirting with weekly RB2 upside. Those in shallower leagues who do not own Kerryon Johnson (15 touches, 54 percent of snaps) should start to consider other options.
C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 35 yards in the Lions’ 27-27 tie with the Cardinals on Sunday.
The new Lion earned 11 carries to Kerryon Johnson's 16 in a much more even split than anticipated. Anderson remains merely a handcuff at this point, but with little depth behind him, he would be in for a big role with an injury to Johnson.