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Aug 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (39) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The Denver Broncos defeated the San Francisco 49ers 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


A New RB in Denver

Despite a crowded backfield in Denver, Broncos rookie running back C.J. Anderson manged to generate some buzz during training camp, and that led to a breakout performance in their preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers when he ran for 69 yards on 15 carries.

But all of that momentum came to a screeching halt when the undrafted rookie out of Cal-Berkeley suffered an MCL sprain that’s kept him out up to this point. But that will change now that Ronnie Hillman will be deactivated on Sunday, and Anderson will get his shot to show he can be a productive back in this offense.

Ball was the team’s second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Many felt he could be the answer the Broncos had been searching for at RB, but he’s seen just 14 snaps over the last three games after two early-season fumbles. And given the durability concerns of Knowshon Moreno, Anderson could quickly find himself getting double-digit touches per game.

Anderson weighs-in at 5-8 and 224 pounds, making him the bulkiest Bronco RB, and may be able to help on those third-and-short plays that Moreno and Ball have failed to pick up consistently.

Keep him on your watch-list going forward, and in the event anything happens to Moreno, it could be Anderson who takes over at RB.

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