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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 had 14 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 7 win over the 49ers, adding 29 yards on four receptions.
Hillman had two third-quarter touchdowns, including a 37-yard score up the middle the of the field. He stayed in for all red-zone situations, with his second touchdown coming from one yard out. Juwan Thompson had just six carries behind Hillman and wasn't used until late in the game. Hillman has put together two straight strong performances and could remain part of the backfield when Montee Ball returns. He'll be an RB2 in Week 8 against the Chargers. Oct 20 - 12:27 AM

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Starting in place of Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman rushed 24 times for 100 yards in the Broncos' Week 6 win over the Jets, adding three receptions for an additional 16 yards.

Hillman monopolized the Broncos' running back touches, getting 27 to Juwan Thompson's eight. If C.J. Anderson played a snap, we didn't see it. Going up against one of the league's better run defenses, it was easily the most productive game by a Broncos back this season. Hillman, who's been mistake prone in the past, nearly cost himself dearly with a third-quarter fumble, but the Broncos recovered. Coach John Fox decided it was no harm, no foul, and continued to feed Hillman down the stretch. Ticketed for another start in Week 7, Hillman will be a low-end RB2 against the 49ers' strong run defense.
Oct 12 - 5:05 PM

The Broncos' official website hinted Denver could use a "hot hand" approach at running back against the Jets.

"If any specific runner can heat up against the Jets' run defense," DenverBroncos.com's Andrew Mason said, "the Broncos will be best served by riding him for as long as possible." Ronnie Hillman is expected to get the start, but C.J. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson will get early work as well. Hillman is still the best fantasy play of the three, but he is nothing more than an RB3/FLEX play against the Jets' tough run defense.
Oct 11 - 1:41 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold expects Ronnie Hillman to get roughly 50-55 percent of the running back carries Sunday.

Legwold is basing his projection on what the lead back during the Peyton Manning era has gotten. So far this season, the Broncos are averaging 21.5 running back carries per game, which would put Hillman at 10-12 carries plus some pass-game work against the Jets' elite run defense. Note that last year, Broncos backs averaged 26.4 carries which would project Hillman at 13-15 carries. If he runs well, he could improve on that projection -- but doesn't really profile as a goal-line back. C.J. Anderson and maybe Juwan Thompson (questionable, knee) will pick up the rest of the work.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 9 - 12:20 PM

Peyton Manning essentially confirmed that Ronnie Hillman will start Sunday's game against the Jets.

"Ronnie has played at different times, in different amounts, but when you're the starting back and running out there in pregame warm-ups as a starting back, it's a different hat that you wear," said Manning. Hillman has flubbed just about every chance he's had as a Bronco, enduring a bunch of healthy scratches. He also has to face an elite run defense this week. But he's just 23 years old, is looking at double-digit carries plus pass-game work for the most explosive offense in the league and appears to have the all-important Peyton support. With Montee Ball (groin) out 2-3 weeks, Hillman is a RB2/flex play. C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson (questionable, knee) will mix in.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 9 - 11:02 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold expects Ronnie Hillman to "move into the lead role" if Montee Ball (groin) misses time.

Ball's groin injury looks severe enough that it will keep him out for a significant period. Enter Hillman, who came off the bench for 64 yards on 15 carries in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. He's not a prototypical feature back as he lacks power, but does play reasonably well in the pass game and has some burst in the open field. We've seen good backs become great with Peyton Manning and average ones become good. Hillman is worth burning a top waiver priority on even though he'll likely lose some reps to C.J. Anderson and maybe even Juwan Thompson.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 6 - 10:49 AM

Ronnie Hillman rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries in the Broncos' Week 5 win over the Cardinals.

He missed his lone passing-game target. Hillman took over as Denver's feature back after Montee Ball left with a groin injury, helping to milk the clock along with UDFA Juwon Thompson. If Ball misses Week 6 against the Jets, the Broncos would presumably use a rotation of Hillman, Thompson, and C.J. Anderson, who was a healthy scratch Sunday. Hopefully we will get some clarity on Ball's injury and Denver's expected workload distribution this week.
Oct 5 - 8:10 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed two times for two yards and caught one pass for seven yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Montee Ball lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, but was not benched. Hillman did appear to play ahead of C.J. Anderson as this backup position remains fluid heading into the Week 3 bye. It's a competition.
Sep 21 - 8:51 PM

Ronnie Hillman was active for Sunday's Week 2 win over the Chiefs, but got zero touches.

C.J. Anderson was Montee Ball's backup for the second straight week, rushing five times for 31 yards. There will continue to be week-to-week competition here to see who will be the No. 2 back. Hillman held the job through training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 11:05 AM

The Denver Post expects Ronnie Hillman to be active in Week 2.

Hillman was a healthy scratch after falling behind in his preparation last week. C.J. Anderson backed up Montee Ball, but was limited to four carries. Hillman could see change-of-pace work behind Ball if active.
Sep 12 - 6:24 PM

Broncos declared RB Ronnie Hillman inactive for Week 1 against the Colts.

Hillman reportedly fell behind in his preparation after dealing with an illness last week and won't play in the opener. C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson will back up Montee Ball. Kayvon Webster is also inactive, leaving rookie Bradley Roby to play in nickel packages
Source: Denver Post
Sep 7 - 6:26 PM

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman and CB Kayvon Webster were treated for an illness at a Dallas hospital following the team's final preseason game Thursday night.

The Broncos did not disclose the nature of the illness. Webster had to be helped from the locker room, and ended up spending the night at the hospital. Both are expected to be ready for the team's first regular-season practice Monday. Hillman should open the season as the No. 2 back in Denver.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 30 - 10:56 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
3C.J. Anderson
4Montee Ball
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Wes Welker
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Wes Welker
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Brandon McManus