C.J. Anderson signed an offer sheet with the Miami Dolphins and it seemed likely that the Denver Broncos would allow him to walk. After considering their options, the Broncos chose to match the offer. Now Anderson is confident that he can be a workhorse running back for the Broncos in 2016.
“People still think you can’t do it,” Anderson said. “(That) I can’t be the bell-cow back, I can’t stay healthy, I’m not going to be able to be productive in the system. There are still things going out there that still keep you motivated and hungry.”
Anderson went on to talk about why he thinks he’s ready to be the Broncos’ workhorse back.
“I think I can do it. I mean, I know I can do it. It’s not like I haven’t done it before. I’ve done it before … I’ve got a running backs coach that’s not going to let up or let me breathe when it comes to being successful, believe that. He knows just how strong and hardheaded I am to be successful. He’s going to be on that, too. We’ll get it done.”
Last season with the Broncos, Anderson got off to a very slow start to the season. He ended the year with 720 yards and five touchdowns on 152 carries. Those numbers were not what he was expected to put up after his breakout season back in 2014, but he rebounded nicely and obviously showed the Broncos what they needed to see in order to give him a new deal.
At just 25-years-old, Anderson still has a lot of football left to play in his NFL career with the Broncos.
Denver will be hoping to see Anderson step up even more than he has in recent seasons. Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler are both gone and there is a strong chance that the Broncos will be relying on their ground game even more than usual.
Expect to see Anderson come through with a big season in 2016 and back up these comments. He is obviously motivated to prove that he can be a workhorse and that is exactly what he will do.