Lions release C.J. Anderson after claiming Paul Perkins

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C.J. Anderson called himself a “perfect fit” in the Lions offense and hoped he finally had found a home after signing with his fifth team in the last year and a half.

Alas, his stay in Detroit was not long.

The Lions announced Tuesday that they have released Anderson, signaling Ty Johnson has won the backup job.

He did not start either of the Lions games, played only 36 snaps and gained only 43 yards on 16 carries.

Anderson had three 100-yard games in five games with the Rams last season, including the postseason, after signing off the street.

But the Lions needed his roster spot after claiming Paul Perkins off waivers from the Giants.

The Giants made Perkins inactive the first two games.

Perkins, a fifth-round choice of the Giants in 2016, played 25 games with five starts his first two seasons in New York. He gained 546 rushing yards on 153 carries and caught 23 passes for 208 yards.

17 responses to “Lions release C.J. Anderson after claiming Paul Perkins

  1. feel bad he cant find a team that wants him, but he should make the most of it and just keep joining super bowl bound teams when they need RB depth in the playoffs

  2. How is it that this guy is good enough to be in the league, playing well when given the opportunity, but other than Denver cannot stay with one team? Something must be going on behind the scenes that hasn’t been revealed to the general public. I wonder what that could be?

  3. Edward Halverson says:

    September 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    There has to be something more.

    Why don’t teams keep him around?

    I feel for the guy.

    C.J. Anderson signed a 1 year, $1,500,000 contract with the Detroit Lions, including a $200,000 signing bonus, $450,000 guaranteed.
    Yea I feel sorry for the guy that made that much money in 2games, feel sorry for me I am still paying on my 06 charger RT

  4. Edward Halverson says:

    September 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    There has to be something more.

    Why don’t teams keep him around?

    I feel for the guy.
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    It’s not really that complicated, he’s just not that good. Hes a North/South runner who lacks speed, agility and ability to change direction and as a receiver his hands are suspect at best.

  5. You just described Paul Perkins.

    Sunday Swami says:
    It’s not really that complicated, he’s just not that good. Hes a North/South runner who lacks speed, agility and ability to change direction and as a receiver his hands are suspect at best.

  6. Wondering if perhaps the Lions miss Theo Reddick’s receiving out of the backfield and feel Perkins may be better in that role than Anderson ? Perkins was very effective out of the backfield at UCLA but was also worked very hard there, might have something to do with his mediocre pro career….or else he’s just not quite good enough.

  7. I would say Miami could use a back as they’re not getting any production out of Drake or Ballage, but he’s never played for New England or their practice squad, so he’s got no chance.

  8. “Results business and CJ had none”

    Did you watch him with the Rams last year? Dude has been nothing but productive when given the rock, all the way back to his super bowl seasons with Denver.

    I hope he lands somewhere and gets a proper share of work.

  9. Bernard Sanders/2020🇺🇸 says:
    September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Yea I feel sorry for the guy that made that much money in 2games, feel sorry for me I am still paying on my 06 charger RT
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    Your fault for paying full on a new car and getting duped on the loan terms.

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