Carolina Panthers made another addition to their roster on Monday, signing former Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson to a one-year deal. Anderson was released by Broncos on April 16, after spending previous five years with the team.
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“The style that Carolina likes to play definitely fits my style and my game,” – Anderson told ESPN. “As far as ground and pound, the ‘Keep Pounding’ slogan Carolina uses fits well. My game is breaking tackles and finding ways to use that and make long plays.“
“I just felt this was the best team for me. I get to play the type of style I want to play.” – he explained his decision to sign with the Panthers.
Carolina Panthers have their starting running back in Christian McCaffrey, so C.J. Anderson will look to compete with Cameron Artis-Payne to be the second-string back. He will also help the Panthers to fill the void that was left after the team decided to release Jonathan Stewart.
C.J. Anderson signed with the Denver Broncos in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. He earned his first and only Pro-Bowl appearance in 2014 and was the part of the Broncos team that won the Super Bowl 50.
In 2017, Anderson had his first 1,000 rushing yards season in his career while adding three rushing touchdowns. He also had 224 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.
“He’s coming off a 1,000-plus yard season and gives us another good runner to compete with the other good backs we have,” – said Panthers’ general manager Marty Hurney. “He runs with excellent pad level, has great vision and consistently gets yards after contact.”
Despite the strong showing, Broncos decided to release him in order to save more than $9 million in cap salary while giving their young running backs Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson more playing time.