With their season at a crossroads, the Denver Broncos will likely be making some changes to their starting lineup in the coming days and weeks. One player that could be in danger of losing his starting job is running back C.J. Anderson.
After turning in outstanding performances in each of the team’s first two games season (45 carries for 199 yards and 1 touchdown, and 4 catches for 43 yards and 1 touchdown), Anderson has seen both his touches and production decrease in the four games since.
Anderson is now a part of a three-man running back rotation that features him, Jamaal Charles, and Devontae Booker. All three players have been productive at times, but it has been Charles who looks like a potential game-changer.
Last week, Denver head coach Vance Joseph said that the team would like to increase Charles’ workload. That didn’t prove to be the case against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, but the fact that Joseph was non-committal on Monday afternoon when asked if Anderson would remain the team’s starting running back speaks volumes.
“Again, it’s not just C.J.,” Joseph explained during his press conference on Monday afternoon. “We have three backs playing and I thought the backs ran the ball hard yesterday. When there was space to make yardage, they did. When there wasn’t, they didn’t. I’m not down on C.J. Again, the offensive issues are a unit issue.”
While that wasn’t necessarily a vote of confidence or a solid sign of a pending demotion for Anderson, it does bear pointing out that Joseph had this to say (also on Monday) when asked if Trevor Siemian would remain the team’s starting quarterback:
“Absolutely. He’s our quarterback.”
Anderson will still likely factor heavily into the Broncos’ offensive plans either way, but this could be the first sign that Denver could be moving in the direction of giving Charles a much heavier workload.
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