Bron­cos back doesn’t play nice

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS FOOTBALL - By Arnie Sta­ple­ton

DEN­VER — An un­drafted col­lege free agent has made Den­ver’s Week 1 ros­ter in each of the last nine sea­sons. C. J. An­der­son aims to keep that streak go­ing.

The for­mer Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia run­ning back has been the un­told story of the Bron­cos’ train­ing camp, toil­ing as he has be­hind sec­on­dround draft pick Mon­tee Ball, sec­ond- year speed­ster Ron­nie Hill­man and for­mer firstrounder Know­shon Moreno in Den­ver’s dy­namic back­field.

No­body’s talk­ing about him thump­ing that trio any­time soon, but he’s cer­tainly put him­self into the mix for mak­ing the 53- man ros­ter af­ter rush­ing for a game- high 69 yards on 15 car­ries Thurs­day night in Den­ver’s 10- 6 pre­sea­son win at San Fran­cisco.

Al­though An­der­son isn’t as as­sign­mentsound or as con­sis­tent as the three backs ahead of him on the depth chart, Ja­cob Hester, Lance Ball and Jeremiah John­son could find them­selves the vic­tims of An­der­son’s solid sum­mer if he has an­other pre­sea­son game or two like he did Thurs­day night.

“We’re bring­ing him along,” of­fen­sive co- or­di­na­tor Adam Gase said. “( He’s a) younger guy that was an un­drafted free agent; you can’t just throw him right in with what’s go­ing on with the 1s. It’s a process for him, and I think he’s try­ing to get caught up to speed as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

With the Bron­cos get­ting bet­ter, it’s be­com­ing harder and harder for un­drafted col­lege free agents to crack their ros­ter, but An­der­son prac­tices and plays with a nas­ti­ness be­fit­ting his sta­tus as an over­looked, un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated back.

“I’ve al­ways got a chip on my shoul­der with ev­ery team I play, in­clud­ing when I play the Den­ver Bron­cos at prac­tice,” he said.

C. J. An­der­son

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