What About C.J. Anderson?

March 23rd, 2019

First, Joe has it on superior authority that the Bucs are targeting a running back in this draft, likely a third-down specialist in the middle rounds.

Bucco Bruce Arians is hungry for that kind of back. And he knows his running backs coach would know exactly how to mold him. Todd McNair was that player with the Chiefs in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Arians was his position coach there.

That written, veteran back C.J. Anderson, 28, remains on the street bitter that the Rams didn’t re-sign him, and he can flat out play and catch the football. More important, he would represent an upgrade to Ronald Jones, Shaun Wilson and/or Andre Ellington, the running backs behind Peyton Barber on the Tampa Bay depth chart.

Anderson is a fantastic guy in the community (Google it) and has been a great story on the field. Rising from the undrafted ranks to win a Super Bowl, play in another one, and have a 1,000-yard season, Anderson has been consistently productive.

He could help the Bucs.

Of course, Joe has no knowledge of whether Anderson would be interested in Tampa Bay, but would Jason Licht and Bucco Bruce Arians really rather look fans in the face and tell them Jones is their guy over Anderson?

Frankly, Joe would love to see Anderson signed, Jones traded, and the Bucs score a running back midway through the draft. And if you’re going to respond by telling Joe the Bucs wouldn’t get anything for Jones, well, then what the heck is he doing on the freakin’ roster?

52 Responses to “What About C.J. Anderson?”

  1. Figures Says:

    We may find very soon that we do have a talent problem.
    It’s more than just coaching.
    A 6-10 season will prove it.

  2. Leighroy Says:

    They won’t get anything for him. He’s on the roster bc in spite of this fact, there’s some kind of prideful unwritten rule it seems that you dont cut your 2nd round bust after year one. Roberto aguayo anyone?

  3. JAB83 Says:

    TOTTALY agree with your point here Joe……

    BUT…….. ITS HARD TO GIVE UP ON THIS ONLY A YEAR IN…. (And with bad coaching???)

  4. bucs4ya Says:

    I’ve thought CJ Anderson should’ve been on our roster before last season and still do now. He’d be an up grade over what we have and would be that Vet presence from a winning roster that our young guys could learn from.

  5. geno711 Says:

    We did cut Aguayo after just one season. I think that rule of keeping guys for years has changed and teams do move on quickly. We may do the same on Jones during the preseason (unlikely) or as Joe says see what someone would offer (5th or 6th?).

  6. Darin Says:

    Figures figures. One of the bone heads who plays fantasy football with the bucs roster has shown up.

  7. Bucs Guy Says:

    ROJO is on the roster because they want to give him a chance under the new coaches and not lose the $2M in dead money by cutting him.

  8. Joeypoppems Says:

    A receiving threat at the RB position is the 1 thing missing.

    James Williams, Washington St.

    202 receptions in 3 seasons. He was also very good as a goal line runner.

    5′ 11″ 195 lbs. Could be had on day 3 and compliment the current RB group nicely.

  9. Joeypoppems Says:

    I dont want to see the Bucs invest a high pick in a RB this year. Day 3 only.

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Get Ira to tell GM lynch to send Matt Brieda for a 4th round. They are loaded with mckinnon and coleman as rbs”

    Kobe Faker

  11. JAB83 Says:

    And!!!!! In the event anyone has forgot the real issue behind a lack of a run game and why PAYTON BARBER is DAAAAAA Man!!!!

    2:02 (this is what you call HEART!) Earnest Graham anyone???


    We need 53 men like this!

    Mostly on D!!!

  12. Trench War Says:

    I don’t see why there’s such a hurry to sign a veteran RB that will be asking for veteran pay when BA and Co. have yet to see what they have in person. How do you know that Jones is a bust? Let the coaches do their job first before you go jettisoning players for a street walker. Yes CJ played well but I think you could have plugged in Barber to that same Ram offense and maybe got even better results. If he were such a hot commodity, then why’s he still walking the streets?

  13. Doctor Stroud Says:

    A lot of free agents will be much cheaper after the draft and can be signed to one year deals.

  14. TexBuc Says:

    Free agency is a two way street and both parties must be interested.

  15. DooshLaRue Says:

    I would love to see CJ as a Buccaneer.

  16. Figures Says:


    I’ve been watching Bucs football since 1987 boy.
    Sit down and eat your chicken nuggets.

  17. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Nah I’ll pass. Although he would definitely help the team, he’ll probably want more money than the team is willing to spend. Let’s see what the new staff can do with what we have and maybe a late round pick along with a udfa.

  18. CLEAN HOUSE Says:

    Licht is a total moron

  19. Getaclue Says:

    I wouldn’t sleep on Shaun Wilson. He fits what Arians wants to do and has juice. Just needs the opportunity

  20. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    If you think Bruce Arians and tod bowles will only equate to one more win your insane. Really about how bad the defensive scheme was and how bad the redzone playcalling was, or how about horrible clock managment and ZERO in game adjustments.

    Its been coaching all along. There isnt a team in the league who couldnt use upgrades but bad coaching will make a good roster look lacking

  21. John Says:

    Well joe…. he is on the roster because licht doesnt want to look bad by releasing another second round pick. He makes a good salary which we would eat and they are hoping last year was a freaking fluke and this guy will snap out of whatever hes going thru.

  22. scbucsfan Says:

    I think it has nothing to do with egos. Rojo was a second round talent a year ago. He will get the opportunity to justify the pick before he’s sent packing but rest assured if he gets no better he will be gone.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    There is really no telling what the plan is for RB.

    Barber is the only guy on the roster we can count on. They need to address that position. CJ Anderson is just option. Remember their are always RBs avialable in free agency. Theres a long list of quite back right now.

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    Why was RoJo lined up as a slot receiver last season?

    Can ask the same question about Chuck Sims from 2017. He didn’t ever make one play as a receiver.

    This is just another example of pispoor coaching.

    Dirk was worst HC in franchise history.

  25. Bradentonbuc Says:

    I understand what you are saying and don’t disagree that CJ may be the most serviceable back if he were on the team, but the trade line is weak Joe. Many players on all teams are not tradable due to value. RoJo looked pitiful, but you said your self maybe Koetter gave up to early and doesn’t have a solid history with rookie RB’s. Not next Gayle Sayers, but let’s see how the new regime works it

  26. BucHead5588 Says:

    RoJo is a RB not a WR let the Kid Run more then 3 times a game he had 43 yards rushing an had 47 yards rushing behind line of scrimmage or hit behind line some thing like that where it wasn’t good blocking RoJo is Fast an had no confidence let BA get to him he will be fine I think I hope

  27. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I think Rojo can develop into a decent pass catcher. For all the praise David Johnson gets for being a great pass catching back, if you go look at the All or Nothing documentary, he is dropping pretty much every pass in practice. Idk if the producers framed it this way on purpose but he seemed to really struggle catching in practice but would come up big in games.
    Being a pro athlete I find it hard to believe this guy can’t do something as simple as catching a ball… and think this is way overblown.

  28. BringBucsBack Says:

    Gump the chump only got a 6th for D-Jax and you believe that he’ll fetch anything for RoJo?! You Joes are funny sometimes.

  29. ncbucsfan Says:

    Ronald Jones will be just fine!!!! Smh. Different offense people. We are NOT running Dirk Koetters power-run scheme anymore. Arians offense will get his backs on the edge WAY more often. I watched so many Bucs games and 80% of the time I knew when we were running the ball. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Rojo as the lead back next season. He has added some lower-body muscle this offseason as well. The jugs-machine has been getting a lot of work also. You heard it here first….Rojo will be nice next year. I can’t wait

  30. SteveK Says:

    C.J. Anderson > RoJo!

    Should’ve taken Kerryon Johnson over RoJo last year.

    Hope RoJo can bounce back- he stunk out loud last year.

  31. SteveK Says:

    C.J. Anderson should be signed by us.

    I hope we get Darrell Henderson from Memphis.

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Are we defending ROJOs .02 yards per carry again?

    Peyton Barber was just fine behind the same Oline.

  33. firethecannons Says:

    SIGN CJ ANDERSEN!!!!!!!!!!!
    The dude was excellent for the Rams, him and Barber could wear down an offense–both are big backs. I absolutely hope Bucs sign this dude, rather see us get other positions filled in the draft. To make cap space: 1st get rid of Benenoch, trade Cam Brate–we have Auclair that can block and catch(needs practice),and dump EDS also.

  34. firethecannons Says:

    wear down a defense not offense–oops

  35. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Who’s gonna trade for Ronald Jones Joe? Might wanna call Gettleman and see if we can get a pretzel and some doughnuts.

  36. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I can’t see why Peyton couldn’t be a three down back. He had 20 receptions last season. You got Ronald going to camp, and like Joe has already said, we will certainly be drafting a RB. …and signing a boatload of UDFA’s which are sure to include RB’s. Plus a lot of veteran RB’s will get cut after the draft. How long now has C.J been a FA? …hmm and he’s still why does it feel like bottom hanging fruit? You got C.J. Anderson, you got Morris Claiborne It feels like the whole NFL is baiting us to do it. Why is there no other interest?

  37. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    We should have signed him last year! Don’t understand the f@cking G.M owners or coaches who run this team in the ground year after year! It endless stupidity!

  38. Tackleblockwin Says:

    There is no way Licht is giving up on ROJO yet. The dude only carried the rock 29 times last year.

  39. CLEAN HOUSE Says:

    If you want logic or success, look elsewhere

  40. CLEAN HOUSE Says:

    If you want coaches in skirts, look here

  41. passthebuc Says:

    after the initial surge, time is on the Bucs side

  42. Not there yet Says:

    I keep hearing how weak minded the roster is but people who have so much to say don’t realize how weak minded they are about football either. he’s a complimentary back he’s no starter and to me that basically describes barber and he wouldn’t have made a difference last year at all. if we ain’t signing a guy that can beat out barber then what’s the point. Signing this guy would be a waste of money, there are too many backs in the draft that can make a difference. Get young where you can, you sign this old back to start and next year barber walks. If he was some kind of game breaker that would be different but he’s no faster than barber

  43. gotbbucs Says:

    This team has $2 million dollars in available cap space. They arent going to sign a veteran RB before the draft.

  44. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Am I that good authority Joe mentioned?

    Because I said this more than a month ago about the draft.

    Also…I bet Rojo looks much better this year.

  45. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Sign (Either) Free Agent Running
    -Isaiah Crowell (Age:26)
    -T.J. Yeldon (Age:25)

    Or Double Down…And Sign Both of ’em.

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Potential Depth Chart
    Peyton Barber || Isaiah Crowell
    T.J. Yeldon || Ronald Jones

  47. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Peyton Barber is terrible pass reciever

    He has to completely slow down and stop to catch the ball. He cant run fast and catch at the same time. It takes 5 seconds for him to slow down, catch, lookup and start running…just not fluid and natural

    We need another 3 down back as starter

    Kobes dream is to watch a successful 1st down running back screen play In 4 years”

    Kobe Faker

  48. Todd Says:

    Has everyone forgotten one of the primary reasons Dirk didn’t have confidence in Rojo was because…the dude’s dumb?

    Can’t build an offense centered around QB audibles with a running back who “isn’t catching what you’re throwing.” Pun intended.

    You can’t coach away stupid.

  49. Riggz Says:

    I saw the CJ Anderson news and immediately thought the same thing. Then had to remind myself that “it’s a Bucs life.” It wouldn’t make sense to sign this upstanding pillar of the community and durable, productive, PROVEN running back. If Barber ever went down…lord oh mighty! Ronald Jones in there averaging a cool negative 3 yards per touch.

  50. FireJasonLicht Says:

    Why hasnt Jason Licht been cut yet? Joes can we please find the answer to my question please?!?!

  51. BigMacAttack Says:

    A Trade for Jones? Maybe John Lynch would give up two first round picks for him.

  52. BigMacAttack Says:

    CJ probably wants to be paid cash the Bucs can’t afford right now.