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Horse Tracks: C.J. Anderson looking slimmer

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According to the Denver Posts Troy Renck, Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson is looking a bit slimmer during this season's OTAs.

During last season's OTAs, running back C.J. Anderson came in weighing at a lofty 243lbs. A year later he's down 20 pounds, and a few pounds lighter than he was during the final weeks of the 2014 season. Currently, Anderson is weighing in at 221lbs. Only Adam Gase would call Anderson "chubby" right now.

In the weeks leading up to the Broncos OTA practices, Anderson was running hills and tracks to get in the best possible shape for the practices. He has also adjusted his diet. He has ditched the cheeseburgers and ice cream for chicken and fish. Anderson knows the expectations from the fans, coaches, and media is high, and he's doing everything he can to prove them right.

"I am taking this to the next level," Anderson said on a bench just off the Broncos' Dove Valley practice field. "Everybody — fans, media, coaches — has this huge expectation of me. And I have huge expectations of myself. My motto this year is: 'Prove everybody right.'"

It's a bit cliche to hear this type of talk from NFL players in the months of May and June, but it's uncommon to see them put in this type of work and dedication into becoming a great player. This is something Anderson needed to do if he wanted to be that 3-down running back Gary Kubiak covets.

I've been trying to contain my expectations for Anderson a bit, but I have high hopes for him. I believe if he can continue this type of dedication on and off the field, and can stay healthy, that he can lead the league in rushing this year.

Cooking Demo with Chefs and the Broncos:

Denver Broncos players DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, Omar Bolden and Louis Vasquez joined Chef Troy Guard and other participating chefs for a Taste of the Broncos preview on Wednesday.

Broncos players assisted some of the top Denver-area chefs in a live cooking demonstration and offer samples of fare offered at the event later in the month.

The Denver Broncos are partnering with Nationwide to host their inaugural Taste of the Broncos, the ultimate gourmet tailgate experience that will take place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Tuesday, June 16, from 5:30-9 p.m.

Taste of the Broncos, held at the Noble Energy Sports Legends Mall on the south end of the stadium and at field level, will allow patrons to enjoy food and drink from approximately 30 Colorado restaurants. Proceeds from the event will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies, a Broncos community partner. For more information and tickets click here.

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