ATLANTA — Three moments in 9 months, C.J. Anderson acquired the dreaded phone that he was currently being introduced.
And all three moments, Anderson considered the Broncos, Carolina and Oakland giving up on him wasn’t an indictment on his talent as a operating back again.
“Because of income cap house and for the reason that of a young operating back again in Devontae Booker they drafted,” Anderson said.
“Christian McCaffrey emerged.”
“Two o-linemen acquired hurt and you want to guard Derek Carr.”
In four online games for the Los Angeles Rams, Anderson’s self-self-assurance has been confirmed. He can still achieve yards. He can still rating touchdowns. He can still have a team’s operating match.
Anderson, signed by the Rams very last thirty day period, has rushed 82 moments for 476 yards and four touchdowns in two common year and playoff online games apiece (all wins). Todd Gurley will commence in Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl against New England, but Anderson will have a function.
“It was not a talent concern, if that tends to make perception,” Anderson said of his 2018 travels. “I would say I suit all of those techniques and units properly. At 27 years old, I was still in my key.”
Anderson’s nomadic adventure started when he was slice by the Broncos on April 16, two years into a four-yr, $18 million agreement. He led the Broncos with 1,007 speeding yards in 2017.
Both of those sides described the transfer as income cap-relevant (the Broncos saved $4.5 million), but the other indicators ended up possibly obvious or would come to be obvious.
After the 2017 year, operating backs mentor Eric Studesville (the only situation mentor in Anderson’s occupation) was fired. In the course of the pre-draft process, the Broncos hosted Rashaad Penny and Ronald Jones for visits. And on draft weekend, the Broncos chosen Royce Freeman (3rd spherical) and David Williams (seventh spherical) and signed no cost agent Phillip Lindsay.
Out of the Broncos’ programs, Anderson didn’t hold out long (23 times) prior to becoming a member of the Panthers. But he experienced only 24 carries in 9 online games and was waived Nov. 12.
Three weeks later on, Anderson signed with the Raiders, but was waived six times later on devoid of appearing in a match.
Veterans slice in early December almost never re-surface area in standard — specifically not with a playoff workforce. But the Rams identified as after backup operating back again Malcolm Brown sustained a fractured clavicle.
Anderson signed with Los Angeles on Dec. 19, a transfer that proved useful for the reason that Gurley was nursing a undesirable knee. As Gurley was held out, Anderson rushed 20 moments for 167 yards and 23 moments for 132 yards in wins over Arizona and San Francisco that assisted the Rams protected a initially-spherical playoff bye.
“The matter C.J. did coming in was that he was all about the do the job,” Rams mentor Sean McVay said. “He did a terrific task on a shorter 7 days digesting the match prepare and you could quickly see that he was a really smart, cerebral player and experienced a terrific being familiar with of the significant image of the operating back again location.”
Gurley returned for the Dallas playoff match and gained 115 yards on 16 carries. But there was still plenty of do the job for Anderson, who gained 123 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
“He’s accomplished a terrific task for them,” Patriots defensive line mentor Brendan Daly said. “We performed him when he was in Denver and he was a excellent, productive back again and we experienced a hard time dealing with him. Due to the fact he acquired picked up by the Rams, he’s been large and they’ve utilized him properly.”
In the win over New Orleans, Gurley carried only four moments for 10 yards. Anderson rushed 16 moments for 44 yards.
“You display me anyone that is terrific in nearly anything they do and I’ll display you someone that has persevered and demonstrated psychological toughness to triumph over hurdles,” McVay said of Gurley. “I have to do a substantially much better task of giving Todd options (Sunday) and get him likely. He’s likely to be a significant part of this match.”
And Anderson may be, much too.
This will be Anderson’s 3rd Tremendous Bowl. He gained 9 yards on two carries in the Broncos’ Tremendous Bowl decline to Seattle and rushed 23 moments for 90 yards (a person touchdown) in the win over Carolina.
“All three Tremendous Bowl appearances are the exact same,” Anderson said. “The change is my story and how I acquired right here. We normally performed the Patriots for anything significant (throughout his Broncos’ occupation), but enjoying them for it all is the only other change.”