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Panthers waive RB C.J. Anderson, sign Travaris Cadet

Carolina releases backup running back after 9 games

Jason Huber
November 12, 2018 - 4:09 pm

The Carolina Panthers have released running back C.J. Anderson after just nine games in Carolina. Anderson, the former Broncos running back who rushed for 1,000-yards in 2017, was cut this offseason and signed a one-year deal with the Panthers. 

It was expected that Anderson would play a large role as a backup running back to Christian McCaffrey, but Anderson wasn't given many opportunities, averaging just six snaps per game and carrying the ball 24 times for 104 yards and one 24-yard touchdown.

Most notably, Anderson dropped a pivotal pass against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 during a Panthers loss.

"When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we," general manager Marty Hurney said in a Panthers press release. "But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved."

McCaffrey, the Panthers 2017 8th overall pick has played in 96.3 percent of the Panthers snaps during the first half of the 2018 season, leading the NFL. McCaffrey has 1,018 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns so far this season. 

“I thought this was the best football fit for me, for my style and my game,” Anderson said right after he signed in May. “Me and McCaffrey can feed off each other in a lot of ways… we’ll be a good one-two punch.”

Anderson was averaging just six snaps per game. He carried the ball 24 times for 104 yards, and his one reception went for a 24-yard touchdown.

"Everybody has seen it. Christian is an all-around back who fits our offense perfectly," Hurney said. "He's a three-down player. He's on the field all the time, and we feel really good about him."

Anderson's one touchdown came against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4 as a faked pitch to McCaffrey that Anderson ultimately received and scored on. 

Most likely to take Anderson's role as the backup will be Cameron Artis-Payne, who has only been active twice this season and has not yet touched the ball. Artis-Payne, a fifth-round draft choice in 2015, has 99 career carries for 422 yards and four touchdowns. He hasn't had many opportunities, but the Panthers are confident in his ability to step in if needed.

Fullback Alex Armah, who has scored two touchdowns this season may also step up into a bigger role. 

Editor's Update: 

According to league sources, the Panthers have signed veteran running back Travaris Cadet, 29, to a one-year deal. Cadet most recently played with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in 2017.

He played college football at Appalachian State from 2008-2012 before signing with the New Orleans Saints in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. Cadet has also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots during his seven-year NFL career. 

Cadet has played in 72 career games and has totaled 49 carries for 180 yards and 118 receptions for 959 yards and seven touchdowns.

Cadet hasn't played since 2017 due to a severe ankle injury and was cut by the Bills this offseason.

Cadet will fill the roster spot left by C.J. Anderson's release earlier on Monday. 

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