Lions Cut C.J. Anderson, Claim Paul Perkins

The Lions will have a rearranged backfield come Week 3. They released offseason addition C.J. Anderson and claimed Paul Perkins off waivers from the Giants.

Anderson signed a one-year, $1.5MM contract to join the Lions, his fourth team in the past year. The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl starter rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries over Detroit’s first two games.

Perkins will join sixth-round rookie Ty Johnson and fellow waiver claim J.D. McKissic behind starter Kerryon Johnson. As a result of Anderson’s departure, the Lions will boast a much less experienced backfield. Perkins will arrive after having not played in a regular-season game since 2017. The former Jerry Reese-era Giants pick was buried on this season’s New York depth chart, prompting the now-Dave Gettleman-led club to waive him last week.

The 24-year-old UCLA alum averaged just 2.2 yards per carry in 2017 but posted a more respectable 4.1 per-tote mark as a rookie. He has yet to score a touchdown. This move will send the 28-year-old Anderson back to free agency. He caught on with the Panthers, Raiders and Rams last season and enjoyed great success for the NFC champions. But Los Angeles moved in a different direction, leading Anderson to Detroit.

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    • jirogers72

      So was Kevin Smith, Zach Zenner, Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah, Jahvid Best, Mikel LaShoure, Theo Riddick. They were all the “real deal”. Where are they dealing now?

      • dugdog83


        No one thought ZZ or AA was the real deal but agree with the rest of your list. Especially LeShoure, I really thought he was gonna be good.

  1. davidkaner

    Ty Johnson will gain more yards than the guy he’s replacing, can get around corner the other guy could not. He’s a better player & has serious speed.

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