The Detroit Lions announced that they have released RB CJ Anderson to claim RB Paul Perkins off waivers.
The Detroit Lions announced today that they have been awarded RB Paul Perkins via waivers from the New York Giants.
In addition, the Lions released RB C.J. Anderson. pic.twitter.com/buYZgbPlIa
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 17, 2019
Anderson was brought in during the off-season to be the Lions big back. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had much success. In two weeks, he had 16 carries for just 43 yards and no touchdowns.
Perkins was drafted the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of UCLA by the New York Giants. The Giants recently released him after being inactive the first two weeks of the season.
In his career, he has five starts with 546 yards on 153 attempts — all from 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder was placed on the injured reserve in the preseason with a pectoral injury.
The move could also be good news and a vote of confidence in rookie RB Ty Johnson.
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)