Ronnie Hillman Fantasy News
Montee Ball takes first team reps on Wednesday
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:36am
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.
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
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.
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...
Welker IN, Thomas OUT for Broncos
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Ronnie Hillman demoted to fourth string
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Fox on RBBC: 'All three will play on Sunday.'
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 11:47am
Broncos HC John Fox on the team's RB depth chart: "I wouldn't read too much into first, second or third. All three played Thursday, and all three will play on Sunday."
Knowshon Moreno started against the Ravens because it was his fifth season opener, and because the Broncos ask their running backs first to protect quarterback Peyton Manning, then worry about carrying the ball.
"It's not that the other two don't do a good job of protecting," Fox said, "because we played them. We just wanted to get the game started to help them get in the flow of the game. I mean, that first game of the year, everybody in there is nervous — including Peyton."
Broncos' RBBC tied to Montee Ball's pass pro
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 6:16pm
"My problem is I'm coming from Wisconsin, a power school, and I had 900 carries in four years. Whenever I was out on the field, I was getting the ball a majority of the time," Broncos RB Montee Ball told FOX Sports this week. "But with this offense and No. 18..."
Ball didn't finish that sentence with words. Just an exhale. That said it all.
Sources have told FOX Sports all three will play in a running-back-by-committee approach. The team is high on Ball, whom they drafted in the second round in April, but protecting Peyton Manning is a priority, so expect to see plenty of Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman against Baltimore and beyond - until Ball proves he can protect a commodity even he knows is much more important than him.
"He's not RG3. He sets his feet and gets the pass off," Ball said when asked about protecting a stationary quarterback. "Great things happen downfield when you protect him. That's the thing. When I mess up, I understand getting yelled at because you don't want a big hit on him. He's extremely valuable. Big plays happen downfield when everybody does their job."
The key takeaway here is that the Broncos want Ball to be the guy, but he has to learn pass protection before they will trust him with big snaps. Ball is the back to stash if you want to buy a piece of the Denver running game.
Ronnie Hillman to start; still committee in Denver
Sunday, September 1, 2013, 8:59am
Hillman led the team in rushing yards during the preseason.
"I would say that the group as a whole is about as good a group as you want," Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase said of the running backs last Tuesday. "We've pretty much said, ‘Hey, this is going to be a by committee-type backfield.’ We’ve never shied away from that and right now those three guys (Hillman, Ball and Moreno) have done a good job of handling the workload."
The starter may not mean a whole lot for Denver, though, and this looks like it will be a full-on committee - at least to start the season. Hillman's had some fumbling issues and Ball some problems pass protecting. Ball probably has the most potential and we rank him the highest of the Denver backs at just 31st. His ADP, however, has been the sixth round which, right now, is a little too early compared to those around him, like Chris Ivory and Rashard Mendenhall.
Knowshon Moreno getting some first team reps
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:21pm
Broncos RBs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball have gone back and forth, splitting reps with the starters on offense throughout training camp and the preseason. While Hillman had the upper hand, albeit slightly, through offseason workouts and three preseason games, two fumbles in the past two games combined -- both of which were returned for touchdowns -- have now jumbled the order a bit. Ball got some additional work with the starters this week, but neither is expected to play much, if at all, in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Then there is the matter of Knowshon Moreno. Because he is more proficient in pass protection than the other two, Moreno has gotten some premium snaps with the starters of late, including in the two-minute drill to close out the first half against the Rams on Saturday night. And that's no small item, given that Ball missed a block in Seattle that resulted in quarterback Peyton Manning taking one of the hardest hits in his time with the Broncos, a play Ball called the "worst feeling, seeing a future Hall of Famer get hit like that.''
All of which only makes the committee a little bigger.
This doesn't look good. Ball figures to have the most long term potential, but he has had his troubles in pass protection, and that's not going to fly in the Broncos' offense. We could see a full-blown RBBC with Ball and Hillman splitting carries and Moreno in on third downs.