Ronnie Hillman Fantasy News

Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Broncos kept five at the running back spot as recently as 2012, but this position shapes up to be a quality camp battle and last year’s rookie to make it -- C.J. Anderson -- could certainly hold off this year’s crop. It would certainly be a rarity to have two undrafted rookie running backs make the final 53, but Brennan Clay’s pass-catching ability is intriguing and the 225-pound Juwan Thompson would give the Broncos a bigger back with an understanding of pass protections to go with some special teams ability.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears Ronnie Hillman is in the lead to back up Montee Ball.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:06am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The bottom line is the Broncos, because of the way they play offense out of a three-wide receiver look much of the time, consistently see lighter formations with as few as six players in the box.

They didn’t always take advantage of that in the run game last season, especially in the red zone, and would like to this time around. That takes an offense that is already the highest scoring in league history and gives it an unnerving ability to close out games or score touchdowns when there isn’t much room for receivers to work.

Also, there is the matter of pass protection and the guy who shows he’s the most consistent will be the guy who gets the third-down snaps or the second-and-long plays as well.

Fantasy Impact:

That's how Knowshon Moreno got, and kept, the starting RB job last year for the Broncos. This year, that's expected to be Montee Ball. But the story also pointed to Ronnie Hillman, and the team feels he's the biggest home run threat at the position. Ball is looking like the guy to draft and presents a great value in the second round, but owners may want to make a roster spot for Hillman as well. It appears the Broncos want to take advantage of the running game more this season.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 11:17am

Broncos - [Full Article]

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson's burst makes you lean forward in your seat, or stand at attention if you're watching from the sideline. That explosion caught the eyes of onlookers at training camp last summer, and then blossomed in his lone preseason game at San Francisco before he injured his knee in practice the following week.

But to earn more playing time, Anderson knows he must continue to absorb the offense and capitalize on the repetitions he gets standing next to Manning.

"Last year when I got my chance out there with Peyton, I was a little shaky, a little nervous," Anderson said. "This year, it's so much easier. Whenever Peyton wants to make a call or change anything, I know what's going on, and I see the same things he sees, and I can play a lot faster and really show my ability, instead of just showing flashes like I did last year."

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Anderson to be the RB2 for the Broncos, but he'll have to beat out Ronnie Hillman for the job.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:24pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

It looks like Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is a serious threat to Ronnie Hillman for the No. 2 running back spot behind Montee Ball.

Gase: Broncos have to 'start over' with Ronnie Hillman
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1:55pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Regarding RB Ronnie Hillman offensive coordinator Adam Gase made it clear improvement is needed.

"We've talked to him, (running backs coach) Eric (Studesville) and myself, as far as: 'Hey, this is a new start to the year. Whatever happened in the past, you've got to build off it. We've just got to start over,' " Gase said Saturday after rookies practiced at Dove Valley. "His goal is to become the best running back he can. 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."

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that C.J. Anderson has the inside track to back up Montee Ball, who seems very secure as the Broncos' RB1. Ball is likely to finish in the top 10 if he plays a full season as Denver's featured back.

Montee Ball sits firmly atop Broncos' depth chart
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:37pm

Jeff Legwold, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos OC Adam Gase said today competition wide open at RB behind Montee Ball on depth chart.

Fantasy Impact:

C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Kapri Bibbs and Brennen Clay will compete for carries behind Ball. The takeaway here may be that Ball sits firmly atop the Broncos' depth chart, so he should safely see a big workload in 2014.

Knowshon Moreno signs one-year deal with Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:28pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

At least for the moment, Moreno will join Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas in Miami to help bolster one of the weaker running attacks in the league from 2013. Moreno's departure seems to leave Montee Ball in a good position in Denver, with Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson also in the mix. But, the Broncos had a hard time trusting all three of those guys last year right into the Super Bowl. They could again address this position in the draft with a slim free agent crop left. Adam Schefter has since reported the Broncos believe in Ball and that it's his time to shine.

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:51pm

Jeff Legwold, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos HC John Fox on RB Ronnie Hillman's role: "I think he’s a tremendous talent, he does give us great explosion as a runner."

Fantasy Impact:

The Broncos still appear to be high on Hillman, so he could work into a timeshare with Montee Ball if the team lets Knowshon Moreno walk.

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 5:40pm

Broncos Inactives
Joel Dreessen TE
Zac Dysert QB
Sione Fua OG
Ronnie Hillman RB
Quentin Jammer CB
Chris Kuper G
Vinston Painter OT

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 2:18pm

Broncos Inactives
Marquice Cole DB
Joel Dreessen TE
Zac Dysert QB
Sione Fua OG
Ronnie Hillman RB
Chris Kuper G
Vinston Painter OT

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:59pm

Broncos Inactives
Tony Carter CB
Joel Dreessen TE
Zac Dysert QB
Sione Fua OG
Ronnie Hillman RB
Chris Kuper G
Derek Wolfe DE

Julius Thomas active for Broncos
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2:42pm

Broncos Inactives
Champ Bailey CB
Zac Dysert QB
Ronnie Hillman RB
Trindon Holliday WR
Chris Kuper G
J.D. Walton C
Derek Wolfe DE

Fantasy Impact:

Julius Thomas is active as expected.

Montee Ball takes first team reps on Wednesday
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday he was hopeful RB Knowshon Moreno would return to practice this week and be available for at least some of Sunday's road game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams are 9-2 and tied for first in the AFC West.

"He didn't go today,'' Del Rio said. "I felt pretty good about the report I got back. We'll just see how the week goes.''

Montee Ball is expected to get the start if Moreno doesn't play and took snaps with the first team Wednesday. But the Broncos would likely use all three of the remaining backs on the roster -- Ball, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman -- in a rotation if Moreno doesn't play. All three have struggled at times with ball security this season, with Ball having lost three fumbles.

Fantasy Impact:

A rotation with Anderson and Hillman would limit Ball's upside in the event that Moreno sits. If Moreno does play, it sounds as if the Broncos are prepared to give Ball a significant share of the carries as a backup despite his ball security issues.

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Knowshon Moreno has significant bone bruise
Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:29am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos’ running back Knowshon Moreno left Gillette Stadium on Sunday night with 224 more rushing yards on his stat chart — but also a boot on his right foot.

Moreno’s injury is not considered serious by football standards, although he did suffer a significant bone bruise in his lower right leg. He will be questionable at best to play Sunday at Kansas City.

Fantasy Impact:

The Broncos could be in trouble if Moreno misses time. Both Ronnie Hillman and Monte Ball have been benched because of fumbling, Hillman (inactive this past week) last month and Ball on Sunday night. Even undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson botched a handoff in OT Sunday night and otherwise appeared out of sync when Moreno came off the field for a breather. Ball is probably the guy to step in here, but it could end up being a hot hand or committee approach - like it was supposed to be before Moreno stepped up. Someone is going to have to be trusted...