Report: Rams could bring back C.J. Anderson
What better place for C.J. Anderson to continue his career with the team that revived it?
According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN, general manager Les Snead of the Los Angeles Rams said on Tuesday that Anderson will be the only running back his team targets in free agency.
The Rams will apparently turn to four-year pro Malcolm Brown as Todd Gurley’s full-time backup should the sides be unable to reach an agreement.
Rams GM Les Snead said if they go for a running back in free agency, the goal would be to bring back CJ Anderson. If Anderson's demand is out of their price range, they will turn to Malcolm Brown.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) March 12, 2019
Anderson had perhaps the most topsy-turvy season of any NFL player in 2018. He began the season with the Carolina Panthers, getting just 24 carries for 104 yards over the first nine games of the season as the team relied heavily on sophomore star Christian McCaffrey.
Anderson was released by the Panthers on November 12th, signing with his hometown Oakland Raiders three weeks later. He never played a game for Jon Gruden’s team, though, being waived less than a week after his signing and subsequently landing with the Rams.
Filling in for an injured Gurley over the final two weeks of the regular season, the journeyman looked far more like the player who made an unexpected Pro Bowl appearance with the Denver Broncos in 2014.
Anderson rushed for 167 yards and a score on just 20 carries in a blowout victory over the Arizona Cardinals during his Rams debut, then rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown in a season-ending victory against the San Francisco 49ers.
Anderson, 28, was obviously a perfect fit for Los Angeles’ ground attack last season, and it should prove easier for Sean McVay to accommodate both he and Gurley with a comfortable amount of touches should he return to the team in 2019.