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Ronnie Hillman | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: San Diego State
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Ronnie Hillman rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught one pass for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned and hogged the reps on the first two series. After he called it a night, Hillman was the feature back while C.J. Anderson mixed in. Hillman, who has 17 carries for 58 yards with one touchdown and three catches for 16 yards this preseason, is settling in as Ball's handcuff. Aug 23 - 11:50 PM

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Ronnie Hillman started the Broncos' second preseason game on Sunday, rushing four times for 19 yards.

He caught 1-of-2 passing-game targets for six yards. Hillman has 34 yards on 10 carries through two exhibition games, and two receptions for 11 yards. C.J. Anderson mixed in with the first-team offense Sunday against San Francisco, suggesting the Broncos would use a two-back committee if Montee Ball missed regular season time. Ball (appendectomy) is due back for Week 1.
Aug 17 - 5:10 PM

Starting the Broncos' preseason opener against the Seahawks, Ronnie Hillman rushed six times for 15 yards and a touchdown, adding a catch for an additional five yards.

Hillman touched the ball on three of the Broncos' first four plays, and was clearly ahead of C.J. Anderson, who was later forced from the game with a concussion. Hillman had another first-down run negated by a penalty. His score was a one-yard plunge up the middle. It was by no means a scintillating performance, but it was mistake free. That could be the most important thing for a player who tumbled down the depth chart last summer by bumbling all over the field. Hillman is on track to begin the season as the Broncos' change-of-pace back behind starter Montee Ball.
Aug 7 - 11:34 PM

Ronnie Hillman will start the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night against the Seahawks.

With Montee Ball recovering from an appendectomy, Hillman is a player to monitor closely this preseason. Practice reports have always been glowing on Hillman, but he's continually flopped in game action. At the same time, he entered the league abnormally young and isn't yet 23 years old. "I've seen great growth," said coach John Fox. "I have seen a drastically improved player."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 6 - 8:57 PM

With Montee Ball (appendectomy) sidelined, Ronnie Hillman received most of the first-team carries Monday.

C.J. Anderson got a "smattering" of reps with the starters. The Broncos coaches have gone out of their way to talk up Hillman's progress this camp, but we still see the 195-pounder as a change-of-pace back. Expect a committee approach through the preseason as Anderson gets his chances between the tackles. Ball is expected to be cleared well before Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 11:19 PM

Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville has been impressed with Ronnie Hillman's camp.

"From when we started this spring in April forward, he has been unbelievable," Studesville said of Hillman. "He's a completely different guy in the best possible way and I'm just excited about what he's doing." Studesville's praise comes two days after DenverBroncos.com reported that Hillman, and not C.J. Anderson, has been running as the No. 2 behind Montee Ball. It will be a battle to monitor closely in the preseason, but Hillman's draft pedigree should give him a leg up.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 8:08 PM

Ronnie Hillman "has usually been the second running back up" during Broncos camp.

Montee Ball is the unquestioned starter, but the competition behind him is wide open. Despite C.J. Anderson being the crowd favorite to win the job, Hillman is ahead at this point in camp. With four fumbles in only 140 career carries, he still has to improve his ball security if he hopes to earn coaching-staff trust. Hillman is currently going undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. We still like Anderson as a better late-round stab if you're handcuffing Ball. GM John Elway has repeatedly referred to Hillman as a "change of pace" back," while bowling-ball Anderson has some similarities to Zac Stacy.
Jul 29 - 10:02 PM

Broncos OC Adam Gase reiterated at OTAs that he sees Denver's No. 2 tailback job as "wide open."

Montee Ball is entrenched as the top back, with Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson, and UDFAs Kapri Bibbs and Brennan Clay competing for scraps. "Everybody behind Montee is competing for the second spot," Gase said. "Whoever wants to step up and take that spot, that's what we're looking for." Anderson is the best bet, but Hillman has enough talent to keep the battle going deep into camp.
May 30 - 12:47 AM

Broncos OC Adam Gase has made it "clear" that improvement is needed from Ronnie Hillman.

"We've talked to him," Gase said. "We've just got to start over. I can't say make or break because I don't know what that is. He's got to work his butt off and make sure he puts himself in a great position to contribute this year." Hillman's roster spot should be secure, but he's going to have a hard time fighting off C.J. Anderson for No. 2 duties behind Montee Ball. Hillman needs to hang onto the football. He has four fumbles among 140 career carries.
Source: Denver Post
May 18 - 12:33 PM

Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Broncos coach John Fox insisted he believes Ronnie Hillman is a "tremendous talent."

"(He gives) us great explosion as a runner, particularly to the perimeter," Fox added. They're the kind of lying-through-his-teeth quotes Fox is famous for, and say exactly nothing about Hillman's 2014 status. When last we saw Hillman, he was being deactivated for Super Bowl XLVIII. Hillman's fumbling has eroded the Broncos' faith in him. With free agent Knowshon Moreno unlikely to be back, Hillman's roster spot should be secure, but Montee Ball is the heavy favorite to start in 2014. Hillman closed out last season behind C.J. Anderson, as well.
Feb 20 - 2:30 PM

Broncos declared RB Ronnie Hillman, DB Quentin Jammer, QB Zac Dysert, OL Vinston Painter, OG Chris Kuper, TE Joel Dreessen, and DT Sione Fua inactive for Super Bowl 48 against the Seahawks.

A 2012 third-round pick, Hillman finished his second season with just 55 carries for 218 yards (4.0 YPC) after rushing 85 times as a rookie. He was benched for fumbling in Week 7 and appeared in just two more games (Weeks 16-17), being declared inactive for all three playoff contests. Hillman is only 22, but his long-term Dynasty appeal is limited behind Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson.
Feb 2 - 5:05 PM

Broncos declared RB Ronnie Hillman, QB Zac Dysert, CB Tony Carter, G Chris Kuper, TE Joel Dreessen, DE Derek Wolfe, and DT Sione Fua inactive for Sunday evening's Divisional Round tilt with San Diego.

Hillman is the inactive No. 4 running back behind Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball, and C.J. Anderson. Wolfe is out with seizure-like symptoms. Wes Welker will start at slot receiver after being cleared from his concussion.
Jan 12 - 3:17 PM

Ronnie Hillman (personal) will practice Wednesday.

Hillman was scheduled for an arraignment on multiple traffic infractions Wednesday afternoon, but they've been resolved. He's ready to go as he strives to earn a jersey as the No. 3 back in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chargers.
Jan 8 - 10:28 AM

Ronnie Hillman has an arraignment on multiple traffic infractions scheduled for Jan. 8.

Hillman got busted with expired license plate tags and driving with a suspended license. He'll likely get the arraignment rescheduled so he doesn't have to miss any practice time. If active in the Divisional Round, Hillman will be the No. 3 back behind Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 2 - 9:09 AM

Ronnie Hillman had 12 carries for 30 yards in Week 17 against the Raiders.

Hillman only played when the Broncos rested their starters in the second half and wasn't a factor in the passing game, finishing with one target. He struggled with ball security and effectiveness early in the season, sitting out six games as a healthy scratch. Hillman isn't a lock to be active during the playoffs. He finishes his 2013 campaign with 55 carries, 218 yards, and one touchdown.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Zac Dysert
RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
3C.J. Anderson
4Juwan Thompson
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
3RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
4Nathan Palmer
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Isaiah Burse
4Bennie Fowler
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
4Gerell Robinson
K1Matt Prater
2Brandon McManus