The Broncos’ running game is struggling, but the guy at the top of the tailback depth chart isn’t feeling the heat.
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” Anderson recently said, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “I wasn’t supposed to be here. I wasn’t supposed to be in this position or this spot.”
Undrafted in 2013, Anderson got some sage advice from former Broncos safety Mike Adams.
“[H]e told me, my rookie year, you can go out there and make 10 great plays and one bad play and that’s why you were undrafted,” Anderson said. “Other guys, they can go out there and make 10 bad plays and one amazing play and that’s why they were drafted.”
Anderson, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract in March, has a career-low average of 3.5 yards per carry. With fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker likely to get more reps, that means Anderson could be getting fewer.
“There’s nothing wrong in the National Football League when two running backs can make plays,” Anderson said. “I’m actually happy that he’s coming along, I’ve been helping him through the whole way. I’m just glad he’s here.”
Still, Anderson had hoped that a workhorse performance in the Super Bowl would lead to a bell cow role in 2016. If looks like the Broncos are moving toward a two-man committee approach, fueled in part by Anderson not generating the kind of yardage he has in the past.