C.J. Anderson and other free agent running backs Chiefs could consider
C.J. Anderson, Free Agent
One of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season was the re-emergence of CJ Anderson as an every down back. During two separate stints with the Carolina Panthers and the L.A. Rams, Anderson rushed the ball 67 times for 403 yards, good for a staggering 6.1 yards per carry average.
In six plus seasons in the NFL, Anderson has amassed nearly 3,500 yards on the ground and holds a career 4.5 yards/carry average. While he hasn’t been asked to do so much, he also has 900 career receiving yards with an 8.3 yards per reception average.
Still just 28, Anderson played in only two highly ineffective games early this season for the Detroit Lions before being returned to free agency. Now well rested and healthy, Anderson would make a great deal of sense for the Chiefs’ offense if they end up looking for more playmakers out of the backfield.
In addition to being a quality downfield rusher and a more-than-adequate receiver out of the backfield, Anderson is also a quality blocker who fits in well as a three-down option in Kansas City’s scheme.
The 2014 Pro Bowler is unlikely to ever return to his early Denver Bronco form, but at just 28, Anderson is a near-perfect option for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach to pursue—that is, if he finds Williams and McCoy are unable to suit up for the showdown with Oakland on December 1st.