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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions sign C.J. Anderson, announce offseason dates

Lions players will report back to Allen Park in less than two weeks for the start of the offseason training program.

The NFL announced the offseason dates for each team this past Monday, and the Lions kick things off April 15th with phase one of the training program.

Over the course of the offseason program the team will take part in strength & conditioning, organized team activities (OTAs), and a three-day minicamp.

Here is the full list of Lions offseason training dates:

First Day: April 15

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 29-31, June 10-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

LIONS SIGN C.J. ANDERSON

Anderson was most recently with the Los Angeles Rams, but has also spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.

Anderson's signing will help add depth to the Lions' backfield, which is something head coach Matt Patricia wanted. Patricia does not want to wear out any one back in particular, including second-year running back Kerryon Johnson.

“It doesn’t really change with that position. Regardless of Kerryon, it’s a position-specific thing where those guys take a lot of hits,” Patricia said recently at the Annual League Meetings. “They’re in those situations a lot where their bodies are taking a pounding. You want to be conscious of how many plays they’re getting, especially early on in the year.

“Obviously, we just want to win. That’s the most important thing, but you do have to look at big picture. Great, we could run a couple plays now, but if we wear this guy out, it’s not going to help us in the long run.”

View photos of Detroit Lions running back C.J. Anderson.

MEET THE PROSPECT

Each week on Detroitlions.com, Tim Twentyman will be taking a closer look at three draft prospects that could interest the Lions. Check out this week's below:

View photos of NFL prospect Byron Murphy.

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