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  • CJ is 1A.....for now.

    Jeff Legwold, ESPN Staff Writer
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Shortly after Gary Kubiak was hired as Denver Broncos coach this past January he said running back C.J. Anderson should "walk in" to the team’s offseason program "and act like" he was the starting running back.

    As the Broncos' offseason program draws to a close this week, Anderson will walk out into what remains of the offseason still as the team's starting running back.


    C.J. Anderson's work late last season, plus an impressive offseason, has him atop the Broncos' running back depth chart. Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports
    Anderson has taken the most snaps with the offensive starters through OTAs and two veteran minicamps, though Montee Ball is pushing him hard in hopes of creating what Ball has called a "1-A, 1-B" rotation. Kubiak was asked following Monday's OTA practice where things stand at running back.

    And in what will be some of his last public comments on the matter until training camp opens in late July, Kubiak said; “We’re right where we’re at. Obviously C.J., that’s in a lot of ways his spot to hang on to. I think that Montee has had a great offseason. I think Ronnie [Hillman] has had a really good offseason. I think it's very competitive. You never know about the backs until you put the pads on. I think C.J. has worked extremely hard. Coming off of last year he deserves that opportunity and I think he's getting ready for that opportunity. But he knows he’s being pushed very hard."

    Kubiak saw what Anderson did down the stretch for the Broncos last season -- 648 yards rushing in the last six games of the regular season -- and saw that Anderson's vision in traffic and one-cut decisiveness make him a fit in the new offense.

    But the team's coaches also wanted to see how Anderson would approach this year's offseason program. Last season he showed up for the offseason work about 15 pounds heavier than the team wanted him to be. He looked sluggish in those early OTA workouts and minicamp as result.

    Anderson had rebounded by training camp and did quality work through the preseason. But he still entered the regular season behind Ball and Hillman on the depth chart and didn't get his chance at being the primary back until Ball had suffered what would be a season-ending groin injury and Hillman injured his foot in a Nov. 9 game in Oakland.

    But this time around the Broncos like what they've seen from Anderson in the offseason enough to keep him in the No. 1 spot to come into training camp as well. Kubiak said Monday it’s Anderson’s ability in the passing game, both in protection and as a receiver, that has kept him there.

    "I think in this league as coaches you look for guys that can be three-down players," Kubiak said. "When you have two-down players, that's fine, but it's just very difficult in the game standpoint and getting them the ball and calling the game when you're not out there all the time. He has a knack for protection, he's very bright in protection. So he's a guy that’s not going to leave the field -- as much as he can stand. And that's what the great ones do, so that gives him an excellent chance."

    However, Ball stepped up his offseason work, including a new flexibility regimen that incorporated Pilates, and is intent on making the decision as difficult as possible.

    "No question, I've said I know with what C.J. did last year, you can't keep him on the bench," Ball said. "But I'm going to do everything I can to get back into that No. 1 spot, where I was last year. However, we do it, we'll work hard and get it done, that's the kind of group we have at running back. But if you're asking me if I can get that No. 1 job back, I think I can."

    Great job CJ, you definitely deserve it. As much as I don't care for Hillman, good news there too.
    Last edited by drgiggles; 06-16-2015, 05:28 AM.
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    I really like our backfield. CJ is the real deal, IMO. I think Ball and Hillman will be rotated in fequently and will be effective. I really think the running game is going to be tops in the league this year.
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    • #3
      Agreed our Rb spot is deep

      I think CJ and Thompson could definately start on other teams. Most likely Ball too. Do not think Hillman could hold up to a starting spot but I think a lot of teams could use Hillman as a change of pace back.

      It is nice to read CJ is picking up his duties in the passing game well. A back who can stonewall (just stop him, no need to pancake him) a free rusher is one of the best friends a QB could have.
      Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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      • #4
        Love this!
        CJ is a very good RB and he fits this scheme great- I expect a huge year out of him.......that being said, if he hasnt clearly set himself apart as the lead back (with how he fits so perfectly) its because of the work Montee Ball is putting in.

        CJ Anderson is going to be hard to get off the field, yet here we are with still no clear cut #1. To me that means our guys are busting their butts trying to take that spot from him and I love it!

        Our running game is going to be tough to deal with

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        • #5
          Originally posted by atwaterandstir View Post
          Love this!
          CJ is a very good RB and he fits this scheme great- I expect a huge year out of him.......that being said, if he hasnt clearly set himself apart as the lead back (with how he fits so perfectly) its because of the work Montee Ball is putting in.

          CJ Anderson is going to be hard to get off the field, yet here we are with still no clear cut #1. To me that means our guys are busting their butts trying to take that spot from him and I love it!

          Our running game is going to be tough to deal with
          Keep in mind there are no pads yet....Cj and Juwan love contact and tend to use it as a tool to improve their running game.

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          • #6
            Ironically, I think our best RBs are the undrafted guys, Anderson and Thompson. Anderson showed something extra to possibly be a long-term solution and Thompson was very reliable for a rookie. I'd also like to see Bibbs on the final roster instead of Hillman, but that's unlikely. Even if healthy, Ball is a shaky option because he is a fumbling machine and struggles to catch the ball.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Roddoliver View Post
              Ironically, I think our best RBs are the undrafted guys, Anderson and Thompson. Anderson showed something extra to possibly be a long-term solution and Thompson was very reliable for a rookie. I'd also like to see Bibbs on the final roster instead of Hillman, but that's unlikely. Even if healthy, Ball is a shaky option because he is a fumbling machine and struggles to catch the ball.
              I agree on Bibbs. I know Hillman is still young, but he just doesn't seem to have it.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by drgiggles View Post
                I agree on Bibbs. I know Hillman is still young, but he just doesn't seem to have it.
                I have never cared for him. About the best everyone had to say for him he had take it to the house speed.

                Who cares if he has speed if he can't make a decision on which hole to hit.

                I've never liked smaller backs as IMOnthey can not handle the hits like the bigger backs can over a season.

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