Anderson to Detroit: Details, stats, history and more

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After his reemergence down the stretch last season, C.J. Anderson is heading to Detroit. The Lions gave veteran RB CJ Anderson a 1-year deal worth nearly $1.5M. He also received a $200K signing bonus as part of the deal.

The Rams signed Anderson after Todd Gurley suffered a knee injury in December. Anderson played a big role in the team making it to the Super Bowl. The veteran running back finished the season for the Rams with 488 rushing yards and four touchdowns in just five games.

Anderson was waived by Carolina after nine games last season before his stretch with the Rams. He began his career in Denver. He spent five seasons there (2013-2017) and rushed for 3,451 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014. He finished the 2017 season with 1,007 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Anderson had 299 yards rushing in the final two weeks of the regular season, and ran for another 123 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ divisional playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. He finished with more postseason rushing yards (189) and carries (46) than Gurley.

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With the Lions, Anderson will compete for the No. 2 job behind starter Kerryon Johnson. The Lions re-signed Zach Zenner in March, and have third-down back Theo Riddick under contract for one more season, but they’ve been actively pursuing more help for their backfield so as not to overuse Johnson.

The Lions finished last in the NFC North in 2018 at 6–10. Detroit finished No. 23 in the NFL in rushing in 2018.

This article cites information from detroitlions.com and NFL.com. Media in this article is courtesy of Sports Illustrated. For more high school, college and pro sports- like our page on Facebook.

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