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Ronnie Hillman | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: San Diego State
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Ronnie Hillman gained 35 yards on five carries in the Broncos' third preseason game.
He added two catches for three yards. Hillman has established himself as the clear No. 2 in Denver, though he served in just a change-of-pace role with the first-team offense. Hillman will not steal enough carries from C.J. Anderson to have standalone value, but he will be a hot commodity if Anderson goes down. Hillman now has 155 yards on 21 carries (7.38 YPC) this preseason. Aug 30 - 12:10 AM

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Coach Gary Kubiak said RB Ronnie Hillman "deserves more reps."

A report on Monday called Hillman the "1B runner behind C.J. Anderson." Kubiak's statement seems to confirm Hillman has jumped the "slumping" Montee Ball on the depth chart. Anderson is still the starter in Denver, but it has become clear Hillman will have a role as a change of pace option.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 25 - 11:18 AM

9News' Mike Klis said Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is now the "1B runner behind C.J. Anderson."

Hillman has been electric this preseason, averaging 7.5 yards on his 16 carries. The hot start has allowed Hillman to blow past Montee Ball on the depth chart, and it appears he is in a position to steal carries from Anderson as well. Hillman has struggled before when given big workloads and lacks the ideal size to be a true feature back, but he is a great change of pace option who can rip off big chunk plays. If Anderson falters, Hillman has the talent to pick up the slack.
Source: 9News
Aug 24 - 11:42 AM

Ronnie Hillman broke out for 54 yards on eight carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

That gives Hillman 120 yards on 16 carries this preseason. As good as he's looked with the ball in his hands, Hillman has been even better in pass protection, routinely laying defenders out to give Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler more time in the pocket. He's surged past Montee Ball and is now in the driver's seat for backup carries behind starter C.J. Anderson.
Aug 22 - 11:10 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak heaped praise on Ronnie Hillman following the Broncos' preseason opener.

Hillman was Denver's most productive back, ripping off chunk plays en route to 77 total yards on nine touches. "We ran the ball really well in the first half and Ronnie had a lot to do with that," Kubiak said. "Ronnie's got that gear that maybe the other guys in our group don't have as far as getting the ball to the edge. Some of the zones we had tonight the ball needed to get to the edge, he got it there." There is no evidence of a running back controversy in Denver, but it's a reminder that Hillman is a talented all-purpose player who can produce when called upon. He could very well be a threat to Montee Ball's No. 2 rank on the depth chart.
Aug 15 - 3:42 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed eight times for 66 yards and caught an 11-yard pass in the Broncos' preseason opener Friday night.

Hillman played behind C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball, although Hillman and Ball wound up largely rotating with the "twos." Juwan Thompson was further down the depth chart. It's a small sample in a preseason game, of course, but Hillman looked like the best Broncos back in this game, knifing through the defense for chunk yardage. He's certainly someone worth monitoring.
Aug 15 - 8:47 AM

Ronnie Hillman has been sprinkled in ahead of Montee Ball at recent Broncos training camp practices.

Whereas previous reports suggested Ball was being pushed by Juwan Thompson, it now appears Hillman is giving Ball a run for the second tailback job. C.J. Anderson is solidified as the starter. Previous speculation had Hillman picking up the offense too slowly, so he must have come on. Hillman holds a career 3.99 YPC average, but Peyton Manning trusts him on passing downs.
Aug 9 - 4:46 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold expects Ronnie Hillman to open training camp on the roster bubble.

Legwold goes so far as to predict Hillman will indeed be cut, leaving C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball, and Juwan Thompson as Denver's top-three backs. Still only 23 years old -- he turns 24 in September -- Hillman reportedly struggled to pick up Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system at spring practices. He has a near-minimum salary and would generate a lot of interest on waivers.
Jul 24 - 1:54 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed twice for eight yards in the Broncos' Divisional Round loss to the Colts.

He was used sparingly behind C.J. Anderson, as it should be. Hillman is a solid change-of-pace back, but the Broncos have found their featured runner of the future in Anderson. Hillman will be no more than a handcuff pick for Anderson owners in 2015 fantasy drafts, and he'll have to fend off Montee Ball and/or Juwan Thompson just for the distinction.
Jan 11 - 8:19 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) rushed 15 times for 56 yards and caught one pass for two yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Hillman surprising had a massive role in his first game since Week 10 -- and it wasn't just in garbage time. He got two of the game's first three carries, got key goal-line touches and ended up out-carrying C.J. Anderson 15-13. CJA was far more effective though, continuing to play at the Pro Bowl level and finding the end zone three times on the ground. Perhaps the Broncos were just trying to rest Anderson a bit, although this could be trending toward a timeshare as the No. 2 seed heads into their bye.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) is active for Sunday's Week 17 game against the Raiders, as expected.

Hillman finally returns from his Week 10 injury. He'll be eased in lightly as a breather back behind clear-cut feature back C.J. Anderson.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:07:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Hillman's role is uncertain. C.J. Anderson is locked in as Denver's feature runner, but Hillman could cut into change-up back Juwan Thompson's usage.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 02:59:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) practiced in full Wednesday for the first time since his Week 10 injury.

Hillman practiced on a limited basis last week, but was ruled inactive on Monday night against the Bengals. The Broncos often make their injured players practice for two weeks before activating them. So we'd consider Hillman on track to play against the Raiders in Week 17, serving as one of C.J. Anderson's backups. It's hard to see Hillman stealing anything more than 3-5 touches from Anderson, who has played at an extremely high level in his six starts.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 06:22:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) is inactive for Week 16 against the Bengals.

Hillman was listed as questionable and a game-time decision. He should be back for Week 17 and the Broncos' playoff run as a change-up to C.J. Anderson.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 07:12:00 PM

The Denver Post suggests the artificial turf at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium makes it less likely Ronnie Hillman (questionable, foot) plays this week.

Hillman is "close" to returning, but the Broncos won't rush him back after doing so with Montee Ball (groin) and ultimately losing him for the season. "I'm better than I was," Hillman said. "Getting better. Progressing. I'm just waiting for them to say, 'You're up this week.' Whenever that happens, it happens. Playoffs, next week, I don't know." Look for Juwan Thompson to spend one more week as C.J. Anderson's primary breather back.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Zac Dysert
4Trevor Siemian
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3Montee Ball
4Juwan Thompson
5Jeremy Stewart
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Montee Ball
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
FB1Joe Don Duncan
2James Casey
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Isaiah Burse
4Jordan Taylor
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Cody Latimer
3Jordan Norwood
4Bennie Fowler
5Nathan Palmer
WR31Cody Latimer
TE1Owen Daniels
2Virgil Green
3Dominique Jones
4Marcel Jensen
5Jake Murphy
K1Brandon McManus