It was very clear that the Detroit Lions were in the market for a backup running back this free agency. Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn made it clear in press conferences they weren’t going to make second-year back Kerryon Johnson a workhorse back, and the Lions’ early efforts to add some backfield help further magnified their intentions.
It appears the Lions have finally settled on who will assume that position. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions have reached a one-year agreement with former Rams and Broncos running back C.J. Anderson.
Anderson is coming off a successful season as the Rams/Panthers backup tailback. He finished with 403 rushing yards and an impressive 6.0 yards per carry. Prior to his time with both of those teams, Anderson served as the Broncos starting running back, eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2017 and 4.1 yards per carry.