​CJ Anderson is perhaps one of the best underdog stories in the league this season. The veteran running back was cut by the ​Panthers in December after parting ways with the ​Broncos this offseason. He then found himself on the ​Raiders practice squad before being released without playing a single down. 


At last, ​the Rams picked up Anderson and have been utilizing him as a backup to Todd Gurley, a role in which he has excelled. Anderson had a ​huge game in the ​NFC Divisional Round against the Cowboys, and his postgame talk with the media was beyond inspiring. 

Anderson has been playing with a chip on his shoulder since joining the ​Rams. He had been released by three teams throughout the season before stepping in for the injured Malcolm Brown and a banged up Todd Gurley, and is now a playoff hero for the Rams. 


In Saturday's matchup, Anderson carried the ball 23 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Since joining the Rams, he has yet to rush for fewer than 100 yards and has scored four touchdowns across three weeks while seeing a large workload.

The 27-year-old appeared to be on the verge of bouncing out of the league, but instead has flipped the script with his inspiring play for Los Angeles. His excellent run of performances when given the opportunity may just land him a starting job next season.