After signing an $18 million, four-year contract with Denver, can C.J. Anderson really be counted on to tote the rock 20 times a game? Over the course of an NFL season that would require him to stay healthy to get more than 300 carries?
Since he first broke the huddle with the Cal Bears five years ago, how many times has Anderson rushed 300 times in a season? The answer would be zero. Let’s count them up: He earned 72 carries for the Bears in 2011; 126 carries during his final year in college; seven carries as an NFL rookie in 2013; 179 carries in 2014 and 152 carries during Denver’s championship season.
“It’s only possible if you can get one at a time. I’ll worry about carry No. 1. I can’t worry about 300, if I’m not taking carry one,” replied Anderson.
The author took Anderson's reply as Anderson knows he must walk softly, without any give-me-the-darn-ball ultimatums, until he wins the trust of coaches and teammates as a true No. 1 back in the NFL. During the past five years, Anderson has rushed the football an average of 107 times. We're not predicting Anderson for close to 300 carries, in fact, it's closer to 200 and less than 1,000 yards.