After starting last season with the Panthers and receiving only 24 carries in nine games, C.J. Anderson resurrected his career once he signed with the Rams. With Todd Gurley battling a knee injury, Anderson closed out the regular season with back-to-back 100-yard games for L.A. and followed that up with another contest over the century mark in the Divisional Round. At 28, the bruising back has proven he still has something left in the tank and is more than capable of handling over 20 rushing attempts a game.
The Lions already have Kerryon Johnson, who will be the team’s top RB heading into the regular season, relegating Anderson to a backup role. While Anderson got off to a hot start with the Rams, in his final two games with the club, the NFC Championship and Super Bowl, he totaled 23 rushes for just 66 yards and no TDs. His lone 1,000-yard season came in 2017 with Denver.
While Johnson will be the starter, Coach Matt Patricia has stated he doesn’t want to overwork the second-year player, especially after last year’s knee injury. That means Anderson will definitely be in the mix for playing time and carries, possibly in an RBBC approach, to keep both players healthy and fresh as the season wears on. Expect the veteran to receive around 10-15 touches per game, so he mainly should be drafted as a handcuff to Johnson.