C.J. Anderson ready for role in passing game – Denver Broncos News

C.J. Anderson ready for role in passing game – Denver Broncos News

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When C.J. Anderson exploded in the second half of the 2014 season, he wasn’t simply an effective runner. He was a potent receiving target.

In fact, the signature play of his ascent from third-teamer to Pro Bowler was the 51-yard catch-and-run from Peyton Manning in Oakland that saw him break three open-field tackles en route to the end zone.

Anderson averaged 9.5 yards on his 34 receptions that year, moved the sticks on 38.2 percent of his receptions and picked up 27.6 percent of his yards from scrimmage via passes. He’d love to get back to that kind of production in an offense that some of his teammates have said will be “pass-happy.”

To that end, Anderson has already caught touchdown passes in seven-on-seven red-zone periods from Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, getting upfield to catch perfectly placed passes in the back of the end zone.

Just being asked about the possibility of catching more passes brought a smile to Anderson’s face.

“I’m enjoying it. It’s something that I haven’t done in two years,” he said. “It feels good to get back into it. I’m just glad my coaches trust me to run that and to prove that I can continue to keep doing that.

“It’s something in my game that I knew I had and something I worked on all offseason. I just want to keep working.”

To make this offense work, the quarterbacks need reliable targets to get open quickly out of the backfield. Anderson is well-suited for that role.

“Hopefully I’m running comebacks and trying to take D.T.’s job next,” he said, laughing.

Demaryius Thomas need not worry. But if Anderson keeps making plays out of the backfield, he…

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