With starting running back C.J. Anderson now on the injured reserve due to a knee injury, the Denver Broncos have filled his roster spot with fellow running back Juwan Thompson from the practice squad.
Thompson has played in 30 games for the Broncos the past two seasons after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Duke. In college, he had 274 career carries for 1,244 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 56 receptions for 397 yards and three touchdowns in four years.
In his first career start last season against the San Diego Chargers, he rushed eight times for 27 yards. In 2014, he saw 54 carries for 272 yards and three touchdowns, scoring twice against the Chargers.
Coincidentally, the Broncos play the Chargers on Sunday but it seems as if the No. 1 and 2 running backs will be Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs with Thompson receiving the leftover carries. Whoever gets the most carries, though, will have a tall task in replacing Anderson.
In seven games, Anderson had 437 yards and four touchdowns. Last week, he had a season-high 107 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the 27-9 win over the Houston Texans. He also added 128 yards receiving this year.
Booker has been his primary backup receiving 51 carries compared to Anderson’s 110 attempts. In replacing Anderson last week, Booker rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries and also punched one in touchdown.
Bibbs has received only five touches this season while mostly working on special teams.
With Anderson out and relative inexperience replacing him, more attention will be placed on quarterback Trevor Siemian under center. So far he has taken on the role replacing Peyton Manning in stride, winning five of six starts this season.