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.
When you have work Monday and you realize there will be no 18 miss you big DAWG pic.twitter.com/pW6T5uCPfB— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) April 14, 2016
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.
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