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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Carolina Panthers are signing C.J Anderson and that’s big considering how much of a workhorse Anderson was for the Broncos. You might remember Anderson running wild during the Broncos Super Bowl run and those abilities are exactly why the Panthers are adding the veteran running back. This is a great fit for Carolina because C.J Anderson is the exact opposite of Christian McCaffrey. If you want to power the football Anderson will be a much better player between the tackles than McCaffrey would. In contrast to that McCaffrey is much better in space and can be utilized on passes out of the backfield. Together though the Panthers have a running back for each situation the game presents them with and that has to excite Ron Rivera. There’s no doubt the Panthers are a better football team because of this acquisition and now Carolina has the perfect one two punch heading into 2018. Even if McCaffrey is the lead back which is very likely. Having Anderson to spell the the former Stanford playmaker (McCaffrey) is going to be huge for this offense. Suddenly you put C.J Anderson against a group of tired defenders and we all know who is going to end up winning that match up. There’s also the physical presence that the former Bronco brings to Charlotte. Anderson is a load and can punish would be tacklers on every single play. Between Cam Newton, McCaffrey, and Anderson the Panthers now have a three headed monster when it comes to running the football. We’ve seen Newton run for 700 yards and 14 TDs all by himself. Anderson rushed for a 1,000 yards last year and McCaffrey is starting to evolve into that type of player too. With all these factors taken into considerations it’s very possible we could see the Panthers take the next step when the playoffs roll around.
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Newton, McCaffrey, and Anderson are a three headed monster.