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CJ Anderson fires back at fan who mocked him for being a free agent

CJ Anderson

CJ Anderson has been watching football on the couch like the rest of us as he waits for a team to call and give him a shot, but the free agent running back is not about to let fans bash him for it.

Anderson was sharing some thoughts on Sunday’s NFL action on Twitter when a troll called him “fat boy” and said he must have a good view of the games from his couch. Anderson had a classic response for the fan.

Anderson is just 28, so it would not be a surprise if he gets another shot before the end of the season. He was signed by the Los Angeles Rams in December last year and managed to play a big role, rushing for 299 yards and averaging a whopping 7.0 yards per carry in two regular season games. Anderson then racked up 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in a playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys, helping the Rams on their way to an NFC Championship.

Even if he’s not signed by another team, Anderson can say he got the best of a Twitter troll.

CJ Anderson signs one-year deal with Lions

CJ Anderson

CJ Anderson played a big role down the stretch for the Los Angeles Rams last season when Todd Gurley was battling a knee injury, and the veteran is hoping he can duplicate that success with the Detroit Lions.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Anderson and the Lions agreed to a one-year deal on Monday.

Anderson signed with the Rams late in the season after being waived by the Carolina Panthers. The 28-year-old rushed for 299 yards and averaged a whopping 7.0 yards per carry in two regular season games with LA, and he was also a huge factor in the postseason when he racked up 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in a divisional round win over the Dallas Cowboys.

We had a hunch the Rams weren’t going to bring Anderson back when they matched an offer sheet for another running back. He should provide nice insurance for Detroit behind Kerryon Johnson.

10 most important players of Super Bowl LIII

Rob Gronkowski

Just as coaching staffs have been analyzing their Super Bowl opponents and formulating gameplans, fans and pundits are looking at matchups and potential talking points for the big game. There’s a lot to digest in a matchup of Bill Belichick and Sean McVay, along with the numerous weapons both coaches have at their disposal.

Which players will matter most, though? There are several names who could flip the game if they play at their best. Here are ten key players to look out for once Super Bowl LIII kicks off.

10) C.J. Anderson, RB, Rams

It’s become abundantly clear over the course of the playoffs that Anderson has a big role in the Los Angeles offense, particularly as a vertical runner. He outran Todd Gurley against the Cowboys and got significantly more carries against the Saints. How they’ll choose to deploy him against the Patriots remains to be seen, but there’s little doubt that Anderson is in line for a major role as they try to keep the New England defense and scheme on its toes.

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10 most important players remaining in the NFL playoffs

Patrick Mahomes

One of the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, or Los Angeles Rams will be crowned Super Bowl champions in less than a month, and it’s fun to think of which players might end up getting each team there. Many are obvious, but all are of vital importance. If these ten players play their best, it’s hard to stop them, and it’s easy to see how they can win a game for their team at the most important time of the year.

Here are the ten most important players left in the NFL playoffs.

10) Michael Thomas, WR, Saints

Thomas had a dominant game against the Philadelphia Eagles, going for 171 yards receiving against the reigning Super Bowl champions. That means that whomever the Los Angeles Rams have covering him is going to be facing a very tough task, and it wouldn’t be any easier for any potential AFC opponent in the Super Bowl. Thomas is a favorite of Brees and a threat in every way, and if the Saints win the Super Bowl, expect him to be a big reason why.

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Rams RB CJ Anderson has hilarious explanation for yards after contact stat

CJ Anderson

Los Angeles Rams running back CJ Anderson was thrust into a starting role on Sunday when Todd Gurley’s knee did not feel 100 percent in warmups, and the veteran embraced the opportunity by having one of the best games of his career. Better yet, he had a fantastic sense of humor about it.

Gurley has over 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns this year and is arguably the best running back in the NFL. That’s why it was shocking that Anderson had more yards after contact on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals than Gurley had in any game of his career.

When Anderson caught wind of the stat, he sent a hilarious tweet trying to explain how it happened.

Anderson had some productive seasons with the Denver Broncos before being released last offseason. He then spent time as a backup with the Carolina Panthers this year before landing with the Rams. Whether it was due to his lack of speed or not, his performance on Sunday was impressive. If nothing else, it allows L.A. to give stronger consideration to taking the same approach in Week 17.

RB CJ Anderson signs with Raiders

CJ Anderson

CJ Anderson has landed with an AFC West team, but not the one everyone expected.

Anderson is signing with the Oakland Raiders, according to multiple reporters. The news comes a day after Anderson visited with the Kansas City Chiefs, with reporters saying he was expected to sign with KC.

Instead, the Chiefs signed Charcandrick West, leaving Anderson to sign with Oakland.

The Raiders have Doug Martin, Jalen Richardson, and DeAndre Washington at running back, but all three lost fumbles in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. That could be a reason for the Raiders signing Anderson.

Anderson rushed for over 1,000 yards with Denver last season. He was cut by the Panthers last month after rushing for just 104 yards on 24 carries.

CJ Anderson signs with Panthers

CJ Anderson

The Carolina Panthers have seemingly made an effort to get younger this offseason, but they are adding a veteran rusher to their backfield.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that the Panthers have agreed to a deal with C.J. Anderson, and the team later confirmed the news.

Anderson, 27, spent the last five seasons with the Denver Broncos. While he was never really able to seize control of a featured running back role, he did have his first 1,000-yard rushing season last year. The Panthers will probably lean on Christian McCaffrey more heavily in 2018, but Anderson should provide a nice complement to run between the tackles and in short yardage situations.

Broncos releasing CJ Anderson

CJ Anderson

CJ Anderson rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and had one of the best years of his career, but it was not enough to convince the Denver Broncos that they need him going forward.

According to multiple reports, the Broncos are releasing Anderson. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that they tried to trade the veteran back before cutting ties with him.

Anderson, who turned 27 in February, was set to make $4.5 million in 2018, which is a lot for a back who has never really been able to handle a feature role. While Anderson’s commitment to recruiting for the Broncos made it seem like he wanted to return, his production can probably be replaced in the draft and/or with cheaper options in free agency.

John Elway on whether CJ Anderson will be back: ‘Who knows?’

CJ Anderson

C.J. Anderson had one of the best seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos last year when he rushed for over 1,000 yards, but it may not have been enough for him to keep his roster spot heading into 2018.

In an interview with Mike Klis of 9 News on Sunday, Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway was asked if Anderson will remain with the team next season. The running back can’t feel great about the response.

“He may or may not. Who knows?” Elway said. “We’re going to continue to massage this thing and try and figure out what’s best and gives us the best opportunity to win football games.

“C.J. obviously had a great year for us last year. We’ll see where that takes us. Obviously, there’s a lot of moving parts to it when you talk about the (salary) cap and all those type things, too, so we’ll continue to work on it and see what happens.”

Anderson is set to make $4.5 million in 2018, which is a lot for a back who has never really been able to handle a feature role. While Anderson’s commitment to recruiting for the Broncos has made it seem like he wants to return, he could easily become a candidate to be cut this summer if Denver needs salary cap space. The 27-year-old’s production can probably be replaced in the draft and/or with cheaper options in free agency.

CJ Anderson says it would be ‘huge’ if Broncos landed Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

The Broncos are in search of an upgrade at the quarterback position this offseason, and Kirk Cousins is the one name that seems to keep coming up. C.J. Anderson is among the players in Denver who understand why.

In an appearance on NFL Network Wednesday, Anderson was asked about the potential of Cousins winding up with the Broncos now that the Washington Redskins have traded for Alex Smith.

“It would be huge having a guy like Kirk, a veteran guy who’s been through it. It would be huge to come to us, a veteran team,” Anderson said. “We know some pieces are going to change, but if we can keep some of the pieces on our offensive end — myself, [wideout] Emmanuel [Sanders], DT [wideout Demaryius Thomas] and bring in Kirk Cousins — our offense can be what we want it to be for the future.”

One of the hosts then mentioned how it seems like the Broncos are a good quarterback away from competing, and Anderson agreed.

“Oh yeah, most definitely,” he said. “If [John] Elway can make it happen … We need to find a way to make that happen.”

It probably doesn’t feel good to hear things like that if you’re Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, but the results speak for themselves. Poor quarterback play has plagued the Broncos over the past two seasons, and their best defensive player made similar remarks about Cousins this week. Elway hasn’t been able to find a viable starting QB in the draft, so signing Cousins may be the best thing he can do for the team.