Anderson and the Lions agreed to a one-year deal, allowing both parties to go their separate ways at the end of the season. After C.J. Anderson’s intriguing season last year, the 28-year-old has signed with the Lions, giving Detroit a physical, dynamic running back. Anderson played for the Panthers and the LA Rams last season, and was able to make a significant impact for Los Angeles on their way to a Super Bowl appearance.
Anderson represents an underrated pick up for the Lions. Anderson is only 28, and still has at least another season or two at his best. Last season, Anderson was able to avoid much damage, only rushing the ball 67 times, the lowest of any season in his career in which he started a game. Despite his lack of touches, Anderson was efficient with his carries. The former Panther and Ram averaged 6.0 yards per carry last season, among the best in the entire NFL.
The Detroit Lions needed a running back, and they have found their man. Anderson will replace Legarrette Blount, who is currently a free agent. Blount rushed for 418 yards for the Lions this season, a benchmark that Anderson will be expecting to exceed with ease. Young Lions running back Kerryon Johnson will be a beneficiary of this move as well. After his breakout season last year, Johnson will need the support of Anderson in the Detroit backfield. At 200 pounds, Johnson is still adjusting to the physicality of the NFL. The addition of C.J. Anderson will allow Johnson to preserve himself a bit more next season, as he looks to challenge for first team touches next season.