The Panthers on Monday signed RB C.J. Anderson to a 1-year deal. The former Bronco obviously didn't live up to the contract he signed in 2016 after Denver matched Miami's offer sheet to the then-restricted free agent. Anderson posted his 1st career 1,000-yard rushing season in 2017 but rated just 30th and 33rd among 47 qualifying RBs in Football Outsiders' main rushing-efficiency metrics. He arrives in Carolina, however, as a likely upgrade over Jonathan Stewart -- whom the Panthers let walk this offseason. For some reason, Stewart carried 81 more times (in 1 fewer game) than Christian McCaffrey last season, despite averaging only 3.4 yards per rush. Anderson's arrival dings the volume upside for McCaffrey a bit, but the 2nd-year back should still be in for a bigger share of the rushing workload. There's also room for Anderson to carry some fantasy value, primarily in non-PPR formats.
The Broncos are releasing RB C.J. Anderson, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. It makes sense as a financial move. Anderson would have been due $4.5 million in salary this year and next, with none of that guaranteed. The production has not merited that. After a promising breakthrough in 2014, Anderson played his way into a committee while dealing with lower-body injuries in 2015, then missed 9 games in 2016. He played in all 16 contests last year and topped 15 carries per game for the 2nd straight year but managed just 4.1 yards per rush. Football Outsiders rated Anderson outside the top 30 RBs in rushing efficiency and outside the top 40 in receiving efficiency. The move will leave only Devontae Booker and 2017 rookie De'Angelo Henderson on the RB depth chart, which all but guarantees Denver will draft another back -- probably within the 1st 4 rounds. Don't take Booker or Henderson ahead of the double-digit rounds in best-ball drafting right now. Anderson, meanwhile, should find another suitor before training camp. He's heading into just his age-27 season.
Broncos RB Devontae Booker practiced on Wednesday for the 1st time since undergoing wrist surgery in late July. It's unclear if he'll play against the Cowboys this weekend. When he does return, he figures to be 3rd on the depth chart behind C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles. Booker is worth monitoring but not worth rostering outside of super-deep fantasy leagues.
Update: HC Vance Joseph said after practice that Booker won't play on Sunday. He's likely targeting a Week 3 return.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles flashed some vintage burst in his preseason debut on Saturday night. He rushed 4 times for 27 yards, including a 12-yard jaunt. Charles also caught 2 balls for 15 yards. All 6 of his touches came with QB Trevor Siemian and the starting offense, as Charles rotated with RB C.J. Anderson. RB De'Angelo Henderson played strictly with the 2nd-team. HC Vance Joseph said after the game that Charles' performance won him a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Frankly, it looks like he'll enter the season with a real role behind Anderson. Who knows how long Charles' body will hold up, but he's now an intriguing flier in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.
Broncos RB Devontae Booker has been diagnosed with a fractured wrist. The injury reportedly occurred during OTAs in June but wasn't discovered until Booker had it looked at when he reported to training camp on Wednesday. Insider Mike Klis hears the injury might cost Booker the "first game or 2 of the regular season." Pro Football Talk has a similar timeline, with Booker out "up to 6-8 weeks." It's a tough break for a guy who seemed to be building momentum and making a push for the starting job. He's now a long shot to make a fantasy impact before October at the earliest. Booker's injury strengthens C.J. Anderson's grip on the lead role and removes 1 hurdle between Jamaal Charles and a return to fantasy relevance.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles says he feels like his repaired knees are all the way back. "I am doing everything," he told Troy Renck of TheDenverChannel.com. "I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts. I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again." There's certainly opportunity ahead of Charles if he's truly back, but we'll wait to see how he looks in training camp and the preseason. The Broncos clearly took a wait-and-see approach with their non-guaranteed, incentive-boosted contract.
The Broncos plan on deploying a RB-by-committee this season. “You need two or three guys that can carry the load," HC Vance Joseph said from OTAs on Monday. "It is no longer a one-guy position." Denver has built up some backfield depth this offseason by drafting De'Angelo Henderson and signing Jamaal Charles. They join returnees C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Anderson will head to training camp as the favorite for touches, but we'll be keeping an eye on how the work will be divvied. You can currently land Anderson in the 5th round of MFL10s, which feels like a fair price.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph said Friday that the team is targeting camp time for getting a full look at RB Jamaal Charles. "We're hoping to get Jamaal full speed by training camp," Joseph said, per ESPN.com. "He's going to obviously rehab and have time to get healthy the entire OTAs and the entire summer. So, our goal for Jamaal is to have him on the field during training camp." Don't overlook the fact that Charles still needs rehab time. The Chiefs said they released him after a failed physical, and Charles spent last year dealing with issues in both knees. Seattle also had him in for a visit but chose Eddie Lacy instead. If he does make it all the way back, there's opportunity to emerge as Denver's top back. But there's also a chance that Charles is done. It'll be an interesting summer.
The Broncos have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Jamaal Charles. Per insider Mike Klis, the contract has a base value of $900K. Charles can earn up to $3.75 million in game-day roster incentives. The 30-year-old missed all but 3 games last year after dealing with complications from his 2015 torn ACL. Charles also tore his ACL back in 2011. He’s reportedly 90% recovered from his latest surgery and has been cleared to practice. It remains completely unclear, though, exactly what he has left in the tank. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Charles this summer. If anywhere close to pre-injury form, he could push for Denver's lead job.
The Broncos nabbed Coastal Carolina RB De'Angelo Henderson in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Built like a fire-hydrant at 5'7 and 208 pounds, Henderson runs with a low center of gravity, strong leg drive and good burst. He clocked a 4.48-second 40 time at the Combine, although he finished with a 26th percentile SPARQ score. Henderson was a stat-piling machine at Coastal Carolina, totaling 4,635 yards and 58 scores on 721 carries (6.4 YPC) over the last 4 years. He also caught 97 balls and averaged 9.5 yards per catch. Henderson is making a huge jump up in competition and is a long shot for 2017 fantasy value. But neither C.J. Anderson nor Devontae Booker has locked up the long-term starting job in Denver.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph said Monday that RB C.J. Anderson (knee) is ready for the start of OTAs. He's about 5-and-a-half months removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Anderson mustered just 4.0 yards per carry in 7 games before going down last year. But RB Devontae Booker was worse, averaging 3.5 for the season. Denver only added RB Bernard Pierce in free agency. We'll see what they do in the draft. For now, Anderson is the favorite for lead-back duties.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph said this week that it's not yet clear whether RB C.J. Anderson will be ready for spring OTAs. “I’m not sure,’’ Joseph said, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold. “He’s working in that direction. He’s there every day working, so hopefully. But, he’s a veteran player. If he’s working in OTAs in the middle part of it, we’ll be fine with him in the fall.’’ Anderson had October surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. We'll keep an eye on his offseason progress, though returning by training camp will be much more significant than any OTA action he might or might not see. Anderson's RB16 price in early MFL10 drafting looks too high, however.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson underwent surgery on Thursday to have his damaged meniscus repaired, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He can start jogging again in 6 weeks, per Rapoport, and the recovery timetable is "described in months." There's some confusion as to whether Anderson has been placed on IR, but fantasy owners are safe to drop him from redraft rosters.
The Broncos have placed RB C.J. Anderson on IR with a torn meniscus. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Anderson is undergoing arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to determine whether it's a full or partial tear. Depending on the findings, he might have a shot to return. The earliest he could do so is Week 16, though, so he can be dropped in redraft leagues. Devontae Booker will step in as Denver's lead back and has the 6th easiest remaining RB schedule. The rookie could produce top 10 numbers the rest of the way.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos C.J. Anderson does not have a torn ACL. So that's good. The team is expected to update Anderson's status later today, per Schefter, so we should get a better idea of how long he'll be out. Rookie Devontae Booker will operate as Denver's lead back while Anderson is sidelined. The Broncos' next 3 opponents rank 24th or worse in fantasy points allowed to RBs.
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