A new sign up for Carolina Panthers this Monday is C.J. Anderson running back with incredible credentials. He will collaborate with the Panthers over the next year.
The team had an opening for a Power back after it released Jonathan Stewart, the lead rusher.
Anderson will now focus on Christina McCaffrey along with Cameron Artis-Payne as change-of-pace back. McCaffrey is a 2017 first-round pick by the franchise.
Veteran running Back
His seasonal escapades at Denver Broncos have been legendary like the 2017 first 1,000-yard season. Broncos picked up the undrafted rookie in 2013 and has since been Anderson’s training ground. This is the first time that Anderson is away from Broncos.
In 2015, Miami Dolphins had made $18 million a four-year offer, which the franchise matched.
However, on April 16, 2018, he was released with two more years remaining.
In 2014, he achieved his career’s best statistics with a Pro Bowl and 10 touchdowns; two Super Bowls and one touchdown over the Panthers in 2015 season.
Panthers are caliber team
Announcing his contract with Carolina Panthers, he said Carolina is a “championship caliber team, a championship caliber organization.”
He appreciated the teams “style” and said that the manner of play which Carolina likes is “definitely his style and my game.”
Just as his game is about “breaking tackles and finding ways to use that,” Carolina was also part of the same signature style, he recalled.
His focus on long plays resounding with the franchise’s popular ‘Keep Pounding’ slogan , he added.
Though no explicit number of other interested teams was given, Anderson did say that “I just felt this was the best team for me. I get to play the type of style I want to play.”
But he was all words for his new mate McCaffrey.
His career statistics of 435 yards and two touchdowns; and 117 attempts last season is commendable, Anderson reasoned.
The veteran was super excited; he said “Having a guy like McCaffrey, super shifty . . . it will be a great opportunity with each other. We can definitely feed off each other,”
For his part, McCaffrey welcomed him on Twitter.
Denver is now history
Holding no grudges against Denver, Anderson said, they had taken him on, when he was undrafted. He believes that he had played with Denver with great dignity and will continue to do so in his future endeavors as well. Hence, there was not much to feel angry or sad with their releasing him, he said.
His new colleagues at the franchise welcomed him, namely General Manager Marty Hurney who expressed his happiness over having a back of Anderson’s caliber on their side, “He’s coming off a 1,000-plus yard season and gives us another good runner to compete with the other good backs we have. He runs with excellent pad level, has great vision and consistently gets yards after contact.”
It is now up to Anderson to make the best of the opportunity. He has more than a year to prove his mettle and look for lucrative offers further ahead. As of now, he is all set to have a big change away from his 5-year old Bronco’s and begin afresh with the fancied Carolina Panthers.