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Ronnie Hillman | Running Back | #23

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (67) / DEN
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Broncos re-signed RB Ronnie Hillman to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Hillman, 24, led the Broncos in carries (207) and rushing yards (863) last season, but was severely outperformed by C.J. Anderson for the final three months of the year and averaged 1.69 YPC on 32 playoff carries. Hillman's bulk production was superior to Anderson's, but Anderson generated far more offseason interest than Hillman because Anderson is a far-superior back. The Broncos are presumably hopeful Hillman will be more productive on a lesser workload this season. He should still be a clear 1B to Anderson's 1A. Apr 18 - 5:05 PM

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9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports contract talks between the Broncos and free agent Ronnie Hillman "have heated up."

Get excited. With only borderline-NFL talents Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson on the depth chart, the Broncos are in the market for a No. 2 back. One alternative to re-signing ineffective Hillman would be to use a draft pick at tailback. It's perhaps a route that might serve Denver best. Hillman is a thoroughly mediocre player whose smallish body can't hold up to a pounding. He's drawn scant free agent interest elsewhere.
Apr 17 - 2:42 PM

The Broncos have exchanged contract proposals with free agent Ronnie Hillman.

Hillman outplayed C.J. Anderson last preseason and early last year, but averaged under 4.0 YPC in four of Denver's last five games, while Anderson emerged as the Broncos' best offensive player. Hillman was especially dreadful in the playoffs, managing 54 yards on 32 carries (1.69 YPC). Hillman set a career high with 207 carries in 2015. That number should be drastically reduced.
Apr 9 - 10:56 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are interested in re-signing free agent RB Ronnie Hillman.

The nightmare continues for C.J. Anderson owners. Hillman gained 863 yards on 207 carries last season, but he averaged just 3.5 yards a carry from Week 9 through the Super Bowl including 1.69 yards per attempt on 32 playoff carries. Anderson averaged 5.4 yards per carry over that same span, but he inexplicably played behind Hillman for most of the second half. Anderson's new contract could help ensure he gets the lion's share of the work even if Hillman is brought back, but Denver has never seemed committed to the idea of Anderson as the lead back. Klis reports "several other teams" are interested in Hillman. The Packers were linked with him last week.
Apr 4 - 8:23 AM

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, the Packers have been "poking around" free agent Ronnie Hillman.

Pelissero acknowledges frugal GM Ted Thompson is "likely done" in free agency after signing Jared Cook, but Hillman could go on Green Bay's radar later in the offseason. The Packers did re-sign James Starks, and Eddie Lacy's P90X offseason regimen appears to be going smoothly. Hillman has drawn next to no free agent interest after an underwhelming 2015 campaign in Denver.
Mar 28 - 2:02 PM

Ronnie Hillman failed to gain a yard on five carries and missed his lone target in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.

After C.J. Anderson opened the game with consecutive runs of 8 and 12, struggling Hillman was promptly thrown for a three-yard loss on Denver's very next snap. Anderson was utilized as the Broncos' clear-cut feature back in this one, while Hillman operated as a lightly used change of pace. Hillman was wholly ineffective throughout the playoffs, managing 54 yards on 32 carries (1.69 YPC). Continually buried at the line of scrimmage and weak in pass protection, Hillman will take the bad tape into unrestricted free agency.
Feb 7 - 10:27 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed 11 times for 16 yards in the Broncos' AFC Championship Game win over the Patriots.

He added a seven-yard reception. Hillman got the start, but was spectacularly ineffective. Mercifully, he was phased out for C.J. Anderson down the stretch. If the Broncos want to win Super Bowl 50, they will commit to Anderson and leave Hillman for change-of-pace duties.
Jan 24 - 7:55 PM

Ronnie Hillman managed 38 yards on 16 carries and missed his lone target in the Broncos' Divisional Round win over the Steelers.

Hillman was brutally ineffective on the ground and dropped a pass in the flat in the fourth quarter that might've gone for a big gain. Hillman's best two runs occurred in scoring position midway through the fourth quarter, gaining five and seven yards to set up C.J. Anderson's goal-line vulture. Anderson has been outplaying Hillman since the first few months of the regular season. The Broncos will be hurting themselves if they continue their even timeshare in the AFC title game.
Jan 17 - 7:57 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed 15 times for 117 yards and one touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Broncos' Week 17 win over the Chargers.

Hillman and C.J. Anderson each received 15 carries on Sunday, and they combined to run for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a bottom-barrel run defense. Ideally the Broncos would have a clear lead dog, but they've been going with the two-man show for weeks now. Most of the time, it's been Anderson out-playing Hillman, but they both looked quick against the Bolts. Hillman's 23-yard touchdown was a perfect-blocked run between the center and right guard. On the season, Hillman rushed 203 times for 863 yards (4.2 YPC) and seven touchdowns, while catching 24 passes for 111 yards. The Broncos will play next in two weeks.
Jan 4 - 12:55 AM

Ronnie Hillman rushed nine times for 35 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 37 yards in the Broncos' Week 16 win over the Bengals on Monday night.

Once again, Hillman and C.J. Anderson operated in a timeshare, with Hillman out-snapping Anderson 34-32 and out-touching him 13-10. It was Anderson who provided the big plays, though, as his 39-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown run to the left gave the Broncos a 17-14 lead in the second half. The two will continue to split work Week 17 against San Diego and into the playoffs, though it appeared Anderson was the favorite late in Monday night's win.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:19:00 AM

Ronnie Hillman started Denver's Week 15 loss to the Steelers, rushing 14 times for 48 yards, also losing a fumble.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Hillman clearly operated as the Broncos' No. 1 back, but had a nightmare day. In addition to the fumble, which led directly to a Steelers touchdown, he got knocked for a six-yard loss on his lone goal-line carry. The situation figures to yet again be reassessed before next Sunday's game against the Bengals, but barring a clear-cut statement from coach Gary Kubiak, neither Hillman nor C.J. Anderson can be trusted as an RB2.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:33:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) is practicing in full for Week 15.

Hillman is fine, but his role is uncertain with C.J. Anderson (ankle) poised to return after being active only on an emergency basis in Week 14. Hillman is hard to trust as more than a FLEX option against the Steelers.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman managed 20 yards on 12 carries but caught 7-of-9 targets for 41 yards in the Broncos' Week 14 loss to the Raiders.

Hillman was the Broncos' clear-cut lead back on a day where C.J. Anderson (ankle) was active but did not play, and Juwan Thompson mixed in for nine innocuous touches. Hillman got nothing going on the ground, and his PPR performance was salvaged only by a flurry of late-game checkdowns with the Broncos trying to erase a 15-12 deficit. They did not. Hillman's Week 15 outlook will hinge on Anderson's availability. The Broncos play the run-tough Steelers next.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 07:34:00 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak announced Friday that Ronnie Hillman (questionable, foot) will start Sunday against the Raiders.

Kubiak said Hillman looked "fine" after returning to practice on Friday. With C.J. Anderson still battling a sore ankle, Hillman will be the lead back with Juwan Thompson playing a change-of-pace role. Hillman was limited to 26 yards on eight touches when he faced Oakland back in Week 6. He'll be a mid-range to low-end RB2 play in the rematch.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Ronnie Hillman (foot) returned to practice on Friday.

It's Hillman's first practice of the week after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday. He'll likely draw the questionable tag for Sunday's game against Oakland. Right now, Hillman has a better chance of playing than C.J. Anderson (ankle), who missed all three practices this week. If neither one can go, Juwan Thompson would draw the start at running back.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 01:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mark Sanchez
2Paxton Lynch
3Trevor Siemian
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3Devontae Booker
4Juwan Thompson
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
FB1Andy Janovich
2Toben Opurum
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Bennie Fowler
3Cody Latimer
4Bralon Addison
5Mose Frazier
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3DeVier Posey
4Jordan Taylor
5Durron Neal
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Jeff Heuerman
2Virgil Green
3Garrett Graham
4Henry Krieger-Coble
5Anthony Norris
LT1Russell Okung
2Ty Sambrailo
3Kyle Roberts
4Lars Hanson
LG1Max Garcia
2Cameron Jefferson
3James Ferentz
4Aaron Neary
5Justin Murray
C1Matt Paradis
2Sam Brenner
3Dillon Day
RG1Robert Myers
2Connor McGovern
RT1Donald Stephenson
2Michael Schofield
3Darrion Weems
K1Brandon McManus