Good Morning, Broncos fans! Undoubtedly, the big on-field news for tomorrow is that Wesley Woodyard will be back in the starting lineup.
But another relatively notable story is the debut of undrafted running back C.J. Anderson, who is expected to dress in place of the fumble-prone Ronnie Hillman.
Since you're wondering, Hillman has two fumbles in 52 touches, after two fumbles in 119 touches as a rookie, including the playoff game. Montee Ball has two fumbles in 45 touches. Each of these are examples of too-frequent fumbling.
Knowshon Moreno has one fumble among 118 touches, which is a much more palatable figure. Yes, with samples as small as these, the difference between one fumble and two is quite large.
Obviously, it remains to be seen whether Anderson is any more surehanded, or if he even sees the field very much tomorrow.
It's easy to forget that we've only seen Anderson suit up once - during the preseason at San Francisco, when he racked up 69 yards on 15 carries (in 25 snaps).
FWIW, PFF had him down for four snaps in pass blocking (+0.3) that night, with a +0.7 grade carrying the ball, and +0.9 overall.
And while he looked like an excellent option for Denver - especially in short yardage, with his stocky build - let's not forget that his positive impression came during the second half of a preseason opener. Those memorable carries came with a backup offense and against a backup defense.
What's undeniable is that Anderson brings more size to the position (224 pounds), outweighing Hillman by 29, Ball by nine, and Moreno by four.
We just don't have a lot of information on which to base our expectations. But at least Matt Waldman liked what he saw from Anderson at Cal and during training camp:
Anderson is a hard runner with a good burst, skill as a pass protector, and capable of starting for a team if called upon. I think he could surprise in the NFL as a lead back in a committee and even be the full-time starter if called upon.
Be sure to read the full scouting report from Waldman, who, most importantly for the Broncos and Peyton Manning, says Anderson's pass blocking "is good and can get better."
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