C.J. Anderson signs with the Lions, per report

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Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford is about to get some help in the backfield. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Detroit is signing veteran running back C.J. Anderson to a one-year contract.

Anderson, 28, caught on with the Los Angeles Rams late last season and performed extremely well as Todd Gurley’s primary backup. The former Pro Bowler put up nearly 500 rushing yards in five games, postseason included.

The expectation here is that Anderson will battle it out with Kerryon Johnson to be Detroit’s starting running back moving forward. Johnson put up 641 rushing yards at a clip of 5.4 yards per rush as a rookie last season.