Broncos RB C.J. Anderson Hoping to Push Montee Ball for Starting Job
Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs the ball during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 45-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
As is the case with any NFL player, C.J. Anderson wants to play.
While second year back Montee Ball has been dubbed the starter on offense at the running back position, fellow second year pro C.J. Anderson — last year’s undrafted free agent to make the team — has other plans in mind than simply competing for the #2 running back spot.
“What’s the point of being number two? Who wants to be number two? We was number two in the Super Bowl and we didn’t want to be number two.”
Anderson feels the Broncos’ backfield is going to be ‘very explosive’ this year and feels like the competition behind Ball is going to make the Broncos’ running back position that much stronger.
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase hopes that the Broncos will be able to use two or three guys at the running back position each game, whether that is a combination of Ball and Hillman, Ball and Anderson, or even…Virgil Green?
The Broncos obviously have plans to keep the running back position fresh. Montee Ball certainly won’t have to carry the load himself. With a young stable of backs and some healthy competition at training camp, these guys can truly push each other to the limit.
One thing is for certain, though. None of these players feels like he is competing for a backup job. They all know that they can earn carries by showing out on the field, as Anderson did in last year’s pre-season action.
The running back spot is an interesting one for the Broncos, one that is going to get a lot of attention the closer we get to the start of the regular season.