clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Horse Tracks: C.J. Anderson looks fit, ready to become the No. 1 back for the Broncos

Denver talk show host and Broncos' sideline reporter Andy Lindahl said the running back looks better than he's ever seen him.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Good morning, Broncos Country!

There's an issue that follows C.J. Anderson around more than his shadow.

That issue is, of course, is his fitness level and weight. Some have opined that's the (main) reason the Denver Broncos running back has had injury problems and cannot remain consistent or on the field early in his career.

It appears the Broncos running back has had enough and wants that talk to stop. Or he simply realizes the expectations and opportunity after signing a four-year, $18 million deal this offseason. With the success other running backs have had in this system, this is his time to shine; especially after that playoff performance.

Either way, according to Andy Lindahl, who does the sideline reporting for the Broncos on 850 KOA and hosts an afternoon weekday radio show with Ed McCaffrey and Romi Bean on Denver Sports 760, Anderson looks as fit as he's ever seen. Lindahl said on his show on Monday that you can see that on Anderson's face.

It's always appeared Anderson was carrying added pounds on his face and belly. Lindahl said it looks like both are fit and trim.

Lindahl added that when he saw Anderson, it made him excited to see what he brings but also shows how serious he's taking this chance. Lindahl interviewed Anderson on Saturday at the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse game. Lindahl does the sideline reporting for the Mammoth and Anderson has turned into a big lacrosse fan.

As with Lindahl, Broncos Country should be stoked by this news. After the Broncos decided to match the tender from the Miami Dolphins, there was major doubt how serious he would take this opportunity. Would he put in the time to eat right and get in better shape? Or would he think since he's got the contract, his work is done?

According to Lindahl, it's not only the former it's emphatic.

That playoff performance is a great foundation to build on. Add the contract he got, a revamped offensive line and system that more resembles a Gary Kubiak offense in 2016, and the possibilities are limitless for Anderson. He can make his dreams of being a star running back in the NFL come true but also lead his team to a Super Bowl repeat.

The only aspects that stood in the way were his fitness and weight. Yes, it's only April, but it seems Anderson has had enough and wants this talk to stop. He wants to make all of that become reality for himself and his teammates, coaches and front office personnel.

Of course, until Anderson stays on the field, is the bell cow back and lasts a whole season, this issue won't disappear. But it's a darn good place to start.

Horse Tracks

For Broncos, 'it's time to get back to work'
Head Coach Gary Kubiak sent a clear message as he met with the team for the first time as the 2016 offseason conditioning sessions began.

Broncos still face looming QB question as workouts begin
Broncos lacking clarity as offseason workouts begin.

Did one Broncos 'discount' deal set stage for Von Miller conflict? - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: GM John Elway has taken a hands-off approach in negotiations, multiple sources say. Instead, another Bronco is primarily behind the hard-line stances.

Bring Tim Tebow Back to Denver Broncos Petition Nearing 2,000 Signatures | Westword
A petition calling for Tim Tebow to return to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos has generated nearly 2,000 signatures. Find out more at

Denver Broncos cheerleader auditions: 50 hopefuls made the cut - The Denver Post
As the Denver Broncos prepare to defend their Super Bowl championship, the team's cheerleading squad looks to finalize its roster heading into the 2016 season.

Emmanuel Sanders: Mark Sanchez made a 'great' first impression after joining Broncos
From leadership to time on a practice field to a strong arm, Sanchez has impressed the Pro Bowl receiver.

Every NFL general manager, ranked worst to first | For The Win
We're on the heels of free agency and the 2016 NFL draft is fast approaching. This is the time of the year when the league's general managers shine.

Appeals Court Affirms Landmark N.F.L. Concussion Settlement - The New York Times
The judges acknowledged criticisms of the deal, originally struck in 2013, but found it to be for the greater good of all retired N.F.L. players.

NFL denies Kansas City Chiefs' anti-tampering appeal -
The Chiefs' anti-tampering appeal was denied by the NFL on Monday. Find out what team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt had to say about the decision that will cost Kansas City two draft picks.

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr: 'It's time to really take over' - Oakland Raiders Blog- ESPN
Derek Carr says he's seen the culture surrounding the Raiders change in the last couple of years, with players eager to join the team.

Top 10 prime-time games of NFL season 2016, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos is best matchup schedule
The best night game of the upcoming season happens to be the first regular-season matchup: Carolina-Denver in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. The other top games involve the best teams and storylines.

Should teams worry about Robert Nkemdiche's NFL future?
Once considered to be a lock for the top five, the talented but enigmatic Robert Nkemdiche can't fathom how buying a panther might be an issue for NFL teams.

These Are Maybe The Colors For This Season's NFL "Color Rush" Uniforms
Reactions to last season’s debut of monochromatic Nike NFL uniforms ran the gamut from "hideous" to "fine, whatever" to "I am colorblind and literally cannot tell these teams apart." But enough of you morons actually went out and bought those jerseys, I guess, so they’re doing it again this year.

Case Keenum signs first-round RFA tender with Rams -
Ian Rapoport reported that quarterback Case Keenum has signed his first-round RFA tender with the Rams. Will he still be in a Los Angeles uniform when the season rolls around?

Les Snead says Rams have 'leader in clubhhouse' for top pick -
Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead acknowledged a "leader in the clubhouse" regarding the team's decision on whom to pick first in the 2016 NFL Draft.