Should Dolphins have interest in newly released Broncos RB C.J. Anderson?

Miami flirted with the prospect of bringing in running back C.J. Anderson back in 2016 when they signed the then restricted free agent to four-year, $18 million offer sheet. The Broncos subsequently matched the deal sending him back to Denver.

The Broncos released Anderson on Monday after up-and-down performances the last two seasons.

Anderson, 27, rushed for a meager 437 yards in 2016 as a knee injury limited his participation to just seven games. In 2017, the 5-foot-8 224 running back rumbled his way to 1,007 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.

The intrigue with Anderson lies in the fact that he has experience with the Dolphins’ scheme and coaching staff. Gase was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013-2014 while Dolphins’ newly minted running backs coach Eric Studesville functioned in the same capacity in Denver from 2013-2016.

As a result of his time in Denver, Anderson is familiar with running outside zone, which is a staple of Gase’s offense. Inserting Anderson into the lineup would be plug-and-play for the six-year veteran. However, shouldn’t Miami look for a more dynamic player to compliment Kenyan Drake?

Miami has already signed 14-year veteran running back Frank Gore and would be best served finding a young running back to pair with Drake for years to come.

The Dolphins should resist the urge to sign familiar faces for the sake of familiarity and begin stockpiling and developing young talent.

If Miami is insistent on adding another quality running back to the roster, the 2018 NFL draft is not short on talent at the position.

Running backs such as Rashaad Penny (San Diego St.), Sony Michel (Georgia), Ronald Jones II (USC), Kalen Ballage (Arizona State), Ryan Nall (Oregon State), would all be fits in Miami’s offense.

Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.