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Ronnie Hillman | Running Back | #33

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (67) / DEN
Contract: view contract details

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Vikings signed RB Ronnie Hillman, formerly of the Broncos.
Hillman led the 2015 Broncos in rushing with 863 yards and seven touchdowns, but he was far too inconsistent and fumbled the ball three times. He was beat out by rookie Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson at final cuts in Denver. Hillman will slide in as the Vikings' No. 3 back and could make a move up the depth chart in short order if Matt Asiata and/or Jerick McKinnon struggle in the wake of Adrian Peterson's (likely) season-ending knee surgery. Sep 21 - 12:28 PM

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Free agent RB Ronnie Hillman worked out for the Chargers.

This was presumably before San Diego signed Dexter McCluster. It's Hillman's only known visit since he didn't survive final cuts in Denver.
Sep 20 - 4:59 PM

Broncos released RB Ronnie Hillman.

The 2012 third-rounder had nine lives in Denver, but not much production. Hillman was surprisingly re-signed in April, but was always going to be a roster reach. Hillman is a mistake-prone third-down back who hasn't shown much between the tackles. His phone won't be ringing off the hook.
Sep 3 - 4:05 PM

950 Denver's Vic Lombardi reports the Broncos are "shopping" Ronnie Hillman.

The writing has been on the wall for Hillman. He didn't re-sign with the Broncos until a month into free agency, and then Denver went and drafted Devontae Booker to be their new No. 2 running back behind locked-in starter C.J. Anderson. Hillman doesn't play special teams, making it tough for the Broncos to keep him over Kapri Bibbs and Juwan Thompson. Hillman led the Super Bowl champions in rushing last season but looks to be on his way out of Denver.
Sep 2 - 1:51 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Ronnie Hillman has "really responded" the last two weeks of camp.

In a fight with Kapri Bibbs over the No. 3 job, Hillman helped make his case with five carries for 45 yards and a touchdown in the third preseason game. Still, he did not play on special teams, and the Broncos will be hard pressed to keep a non-contributor in their third-back slot. Bibbs, on the other hand, is a standout on special teams. Even with another great performance Thursday night, Hillman could be on the outside looking in.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 1 - 9:34 AM

Ronnie Hillman rushed five times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Long an inconsistent back, Hillman flashed his trademark foot quickness and burst on a handful of nice runs as Hillman continues to fight for his roster life. He worked behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker for the second straight game. In order to keep his job, Hillman may still need the Broncos to keep four backs. No. 4 runner Kapri Bibbs has more special teams value.
Aug 28 - 12:00 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis says it would be a "surprise" if the Broncos kept Ronnie Hillman on their 53-man roster.

The Broncos could take themselves off the hook for Hillman's $1.4 million base salary by releasing him near final cuts. Hillman has fallen to No. 3 on the running back depth chart behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker, and has been outplayed by No. 4 back Kapri Bibbs. A team like the Colts might have interest in Hillman due to their tailback woes behind 33-year-old Frank Gore.
Aug 21 - 7:32 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak admitted Ronnie Hillman is facing competition for his 53-man roster spot.

"Ronnie is in a battle, a helluva battle with Kapri [Bibbs] and [Devontae Booker] right now," Kubiak said. "There’s no way around that. I'm just being honest with you. Special teams are going to be real important. Ronnie is going to play a lot this week, and he’s going to have to play some special teams, so it’s a very competitive situation right now." Hillman has never played special teams since coming into the league as a 2012 third-rounder. That's going to have to change if he wants to stay. Bibbs led the Broncos in rushing in the preseason opener, and Booker isn't going anywhere as the favorite to be C.J. Anderson's direct backup.
Aug 15 - 6:17 PM

The Broncos listed Ronnie Hillman and Devontae Booker as co-No. 2 running backs on their initial preseason depth chart.

Some beat writers essentially handed Booker the No. 2 job before camp, but Hillman has seen more second-team reps and reports have suggested Booker has been a bit up and down. Booker remains the superior talent and should win the No. 2 back job eventually. C.J. Anderson's feature back role looks safe.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 8 - 5:56 PM

Ronnie Hillman admitted he is behind "the eight ball" in the Broncos’ running back competition.

With C.J. Anderson locked in as the starter and fourth-rounder Devontae Booker guaranteed a roster spot, Hillman needs to beat out Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs for a roster spot. Considering Thompson can also play fullback and is a standout on special teams, Hillman is facing an uphill climb. At this point, it would be slightly surprising if he made the final roster.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 11:50 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold believes Ronnie Hillman will have to play a much larger role on special teams to make the 53-man roster.

Hillman has made most 53-man roster projections this offseason, but he's super one-dimensional. He only plays offense. Hillman has never really contributed on special teams, and he may need the Broncos to keep four or five running backs to secure a spot. C.J. Anderson is the starter, Devontae Booker a fourth-round rookie, and Juwan Thompson has fullback versatility and is a key gunner in kick coverage. Kapri Bibbs is also in the mix.
Jul 20 - 11:52 AM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck expects Ronnie Hillman to make the Broncos' 53-man roster.

Andrew Mason of the Broncos' website recently agreed Hillman has the "inside track" on returning as C.J. Anderson's top backup. Although fourth-rounder Devontae Booker is a compelling prospect on a number of levels, Hillman's year in Gary Kubiak's system will give him a leg up entering camp and quite possibly beyond. Either way, Anderson should begin the year seeing heavy usage.
Jul 3 - 4:54 PM's Andrew Mason believes Ronnie Hillman has the "inside track" for the backup running back job.

Hillman might own the job entering training camp, but he will have to hold off fourth-round pick Devontae Booker, who reportedly looked good in the offseason program. With Kapri Bibbs also in the mix, it would be surprising if Hillman held onto the backup spot after averaging 3.5 yards a carry over his final 12 games last season including the playoffs. C.J. Anderson is locked in as the No. 1.
Jun 20 - 8:32 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Ronnie Hillman
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Andre Smith
K1Blair Walsh