CJ Anderson signs 1-year deal with Panthers

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With the Panthers, he is expected to provide a complement to Christian McCaffrey, who has varied skills but may not be an every-down back. Anderson to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

"We had been working with C.J.'s agent since he was released", general manager Marty Hurney said. He runs with great vision, has very good pad level, gets yards after contact consistently. After drafting Maryland receiver D.J. Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and trading for veteran Torrey Smith, the Panthers have added perhaps the most critical component of offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offense.

In total, Anderson played in 58 games for the Broncos, starting 36 of them.

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While Carolina had the third-best time of possession and fourth-highest rush yards per game figure in the National Football League last season, much of that was buoyed by the 139 carries and 754 yards on the ground (both career highs) of quarterback Cam Newton as short-yardage stalwart Stewart had his worst statistical season since 2013, Anderson realizes that in the NFC South, as the offenses keep getting stronger, the best defense may be keeping the other gunslingers on the sideline.

Anderson (5-8, 224) is built to handle short-yardage situations and prides himself on his ability to break tackles. It was a big reason that he earned so many opportunities on the field.

A franchise only two years removed from a Super Bowl loss, Carolina has the potential on offense to fight for a playoff spot and their first playoff win since the 2015 NFC Championship. Carolina released the former first round pick and current Panthers all-time leading rusher in February. McCaffrey recorded 80 receptions as a rookie, but he only carried the ball on the ground 117 times for an average of 3.7 yards per-carry.