3 reasons Rams bringing C.J. Anderson back for 2019 should be a top priority
2. Anderson another great mentor for younger players
As previously mentioned, there were some Rams fans who were upset over the team’s decision to sign Anderson at the time back in December since they believed Kelly deserved the opportunity to show off his skills with a larger role during the final two games.
Last offseason, Los Angeles knew they had nothing to lose by selecting the former Tennessee star in the sixth round of the NFL Draft since the presence of Kelly would only add to the competition to earn the right to be Gurley’s official backup.
Despite an impressive preseason for the rookie, Kelly still found himself deep on the Rams depth chart behind Malcolm Brown and Justin Davis, but just because he didn’t see that much action in his first NFL season doesn’t necessarily mean there’s reason for concern.
In the long run, Los Angeles would love nothing more than to see Kelly develop into a reliable backup to Gurley, which could make Anderson’s presence even more valuable from a mentoring perspective since he has plenty of offer the youngster.
Kelly may not prefer to spend another year playing behind another backup like Anderson, but knowing McVay, there’s a good chance he would find a way to get the youngster more involved next season now that he has a year of NFL experience under his belt.