Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Running Back #8
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 208 lb.
College:North Dakota State
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Bruce Anderson: Latches on with Indy

Anderson signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: The 22-year-old spent time on the Colts' practice squad during the season but was let go with an injury settlement in November, though it doesn't appear to have been a long-term injury. Anderson will have a tough time cracking the running back group for next season with Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins (knee) all under contract.

December 30, 2019 2:43 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Tries out for Buccaneers

Anderson worked out for Tampa Bay recently, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Analysis: There has been no word of a deal for Anderson yet, but at least he's healthy. He had been released from the Colts' practice squad due to an undisclosed injury last month.

December 10, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Reaches injury settlement

Anderson (undisclosed) was released from the practice squad with an injury settlement Thursday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Anderson hit IR with the injury Tuesday. Once healthy, he'll be free to latch on with another club.

November 14, 2019 4:53 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Signs with practice squad

Anderson signed with the Colts' practice squad on Wednesday.

Analysis: Anderson went undrafted back in April and spent the summer with the Buccaneers before being cut Aug. 31. He spent a short stint with their practice squad, and now will work with the Colts.

September 11, 2019 9:08 AM EST

Bruce Anderson: Jettisoned from practice squad

Anderson was released from the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie's stay on the Buccaneers' taxi squad was brief, as he'd just signed on Sunday. Despite Tuesday's development - which was prompted by the team re-signing Patrick O'Connor -- it wouldn't be surprising to see Anderson return at some point, considering the team currently carries only three running backs (Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones and Dare Ogunbowale) on its active roster.

September 3, 2019 10:36 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Nabs practice squad spot

Anderson was added to the Buccaneers' practice squad Sunday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie had limited opportunities in preseason game action until the final exhibition, when he compiled 70 rush yards and a touchdown along with seven additional yards on a pair of receptions. The Buccaneers ultimately went with only three running backs on their final 53, so Anderson could potentially have a quick path to the active roster if injuries strike the position.

September 1, 2019 9:23 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Workhorse back in preseason finale

Anderson rushed 20 times for 70 yards and a touchdown and secured his only target for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

Analysis: As expected, Anderson got an extended look in the preseason finale, comfortably pacing the Buccaneers in carries. The undrafted rookie's final line was serviceable, but it's worth noting 20 of his yards came on one carry. At the same time, Anderson also played behind a porous and inexperienced offensive line, but nevertheless, he doesn't seem to have any realistic shot at a spot on the 53-man roster come cutdown time. Instead, Anderson looks like a prototypical practice squad candidate as the Buccaneers likely head into the season with either Dare Ogunbowale or Andre Ellington behind top duo Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones.

August 29, 2019 8:31 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Slight boost in workload

Anderson rushed three times for three yards and brought in one of two targets for six yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

Analysis: Anderson logged modest snaps for the second time in as many preseason games, but his four touches actually represented an exponential increase from what he saw in the exhibition opener. The undrafted rookie had only seen one target directed his way against the Steelers last week, so Friday's workload at least gave him an opportunity to show what he could do on the ground. That ultimately didn't result in any appreciable production, but Anderson's biggest opportunity to make a case for a roster spot or a practice-squad designation may come in the Buccaneers' final preseason contest a week from this coming Thursday.

August 18, 2019 9:32 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Minimal action in preseason loss

Anderson did not log any carries and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday.

Analysis: Anderson saw two of his primary competitors for a roster spot, Andre Ellington and Dare Ogunbowale, log a total of 14 touches in the running game while he was shut out altogether. The undrafted rookie is thought to be in an uphill battle to stick on the final 45, but he'll likely get much more of an opportunity to show what he can do in coming exhibitions.

August 9, 2019 8:50 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Returns to practice

Anderson (Achilles) returned to practice Wednesday, increasing his chances of playing in the Buccaneers' preseason opener versus the Steelers on Friday night, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Anderson had been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but the undrafted rookie is apparently over the issue at this point. A prompt return to practice was particularly important for Anderson, who already faces a relatively steep path to a roster spot and who currently slots in as fourth on the running back depth chart alongside Dare Ogunbowale.

August 7, 2019 11:17 PM EST

Bruce Anderson: Chances better with Wilson release

Anderson is one of five running backs currently remaining on the Buccaneers' roster following last Friday's release of Shaun Wilson, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The undrafted free agent from North Dakota State has a similar toolbox to the departed Wilson, in the sense that he's able to utilize above-average speed to get outside quickly and also has a proven track record as both a receiver and returner, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Moreover, at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, Anderson is stouter than the 5'9, 185-pound Wilson, with his solid size rendering him an effective between-the-tackles runner during his college days with the Bisons. Anderson compiled nearly 1,400 total yards during his junior season before sharing carries during his senior year, and although a hamstring injury kept him from accepting a Senior Bowl invite, he impressed with both his speed (4.58 40-yard dash) and power (22 reps of 225 lbs.) at his pro day this past spring. Anderson projects to battle the likes of Dare Ogunbowale and Andre Ellington for a spot on the latter portion of the running back depth chart this summer.

June 24, 2019 3:56 PM EST

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