Ronnie Hillman Fantasy News
Broncos release Willis McGahee
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:55am
With McGahee gone, Montee Ball is the logical option as the team's main ballcarrier, but HC John Fox has always favored veterans over rookies when given the choice, so this still may become a muddled RBBC with Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno all in the mix. Keep in mind that Hillman has been first in line for reps at minicamp, but that's probably just a courtesy. He figures to serve as a change-of-pace back in 2013. Peyton Manning recently said that the team is going to count on Ball 'in a big way' in 2013. We definitely like Ball more with this news, though Hillman will be a factor. Consider Ball a RB2 with upside. McGahee could have some value if he lands in a great situation.
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Willis McGahee returns to practice, gets limited reps
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:26am
McGahee, who has stayed away from the bulk of the team's offseason program while working out in Miami, reported with the other Broncos players Monday night for this week's three-day minicamp. In the Broncos' offseason program all but this week's minicamp is voluntary for players, but this week is a mandatory affair.
McGahee got only a few plays in team drills — he called it "a couple" — and largely spent the day as a spectator.
Prior to the draft, GM John Elway said that McGahee 'is our big back right now.' The 'right now' is/was key, because the team took Ball in the 2nd round of the draft, and as a result the Broncos' depth chart is unsettled. With McGahee at 31 years-old and coming off an injury, Ball seems like a logical option as the team's main ballcarrier, but HC John Fox has always favored veterans over rookies when given the choice, so this may become a muddled RBBC with Ball, McGahee, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno all in the mix. Still, given the pick, Ball has landed in a good situation long term, while the writing seems to be on the wall for McGahee and Moreno. Peyton Manning recently said that the team is going to count on Ball 'in a big way' in 2013.
Broncos likely to cut Willis McGahee or Knowshon Moreno
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9:36am
Ideally, the Broncos would like Ball and Hillman to become their one-two running punch in 2013. As for the No. 3 back who can fill in as starter, Moreno is younger (26 in July) and less expensive ($1.7 million) than McGahee (32 in October, $2.5 million) and is a betteer third-down option because he’s a better receiver.
Then again, the 210-pound Moreno is similar in size to the 214-pound Ball. It’s the 235-pound McGahee who, size-wise, would be a complement to Ball and Hillman.
This RB situation is a little more cloudy than people think, given HC John Fox's tendency to pick veterans over rookies throughout his career. We're tentatively expecting Ball to win the job by midseason, but wouldn't be shocked if he is deemed "not quite ready" by Fox and Co.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:51am
Two positions the Broncos figure to address within the first three rounds are running back and cornerback.
"With [Willis McGahee], he's our big back right now," GM John Elway said. "We have Ronnie Hillman who's a 190-pounder change-of-pace type guy. We look at Willis as being that big back for us right now, and then we'll see what happens in the draft."
Knowshon Moreno underwent knee scope
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:42pm
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee since the end of the season. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the surgery when asked Thursday morning at the NFL’s scouting combine.
Moreno underwent a treatment to insert stem cells harvested from bone marrow in his pelvis into his right knee. It is the same knee Moreno tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) to end his 2011 season.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:14pm
The Broncos have big plans for RB Ronnie Hillman because he's a young player who consistently showed explosiveness in his career at San Diego State. However, he also arrived in the NFL after just two years of college football.
He turned just 21 during his rookie season. Overall, Hillman has enormous big-play potential, but he needs another offseason in an NFL strength program. He also needs to accept what every young running back in the NFL needs to accept: that the time you had to look for an opening in college is no longer there.
Hillman needs to attack the line of scrimmage and understand where the hole is. And if he can get through the initial crease, he has the potential to do big things.
Hillman, at this point, should be the Broncos' back in their three-wide set. He was pushed into early-down work against the Ravens because McGahee was on injured reserve and Moreno had left the game with a knee injury.
Overall, Hillman played 18 percent of the team's offensive snaps this past season. That total should go up if he can show more decisiveness in his running in the team's offseason work and he can continue to put in the time in pass protection.
Friday, January 4, 2013, 11:41am
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman learned a painful lesson in the regular-season finale. He lost the seventh fumble of the season from the team's running backs late in the first quarter and did not carry the ball for the remainder of the game. The seven fumbles — this was Hillman's first lost fumble of the year — from the team's backs was tied with Buffalo for most in the league by that position group. Hillman finished with 13 yards on his three carries. Hillman's playing time was already trimmed some with the arrival of Jacob Hester, and fumbles would only impact that more moving forward. He has the speed, however, the Broncos want in the offense and if he shows quality ball security in practice, he'll see action in the postseason.
Willis McGahee placed on IR, season over
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:27pm
Ronnie Hillman could get call for Denver
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 10:33am
The rookie from San Diego State, a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, might be the Broncos' quickest and fastest running back. He ranks second on the team in rushing (188 yards on 49 carries) and has yet to lose a fumble as a pro.
This is the Denver Post speculating, but the story pointed out how pass blocking is the key to whichever running back gets on the field most. Head coach John Fox called Hillman "feisty" in pass protection for a smaller guy, leading the Post to believe Hillman will get the first chance to carry the load in replacing McGahee. McGahee is likely out for the rest of the regular season so fantasy owners should pay attention.
Willis McGahee tears MCL, out 6-8 weeks
Monday, November 19, 2012, 6:46pm
McGahee also has a fracture in the bone in his lower right leg. He will be on crutches for about a month, and doctors have told him not to put any weight on his leg, according to a source. McGahee will not need surgery and he believes he can come back in four to six weeks, even though the team thinks it's a six- to eight-week injury.
Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball will share work. Knowshon Moreno could also be in the mix. A 6-8 week injury at this point brings McGahee back anytime from Week 17 to into the playoffs, so he likely won't serve you much more this season, unfortunately. All-in-all, unless someone steps up, it seems like a situation to stay away from and could end up with QB Peyton Manning throwing more passes...
Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:08am
Broncos RB Willis McGahee suffered a knee injury after he gained 8 yards with 13:33 remaining in the second quarter, a run that immediately preceded Peyton Manning’s 13-ayrd touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. McGahee did not return and will have an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.
“It swelled up on him,” said Broncos coach John Fox. “We’ll know more (Monday).”
Willis McGahee injures knee
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 6:48pm
McGahee’s return is questionable. He has 55 yards on seven carries, along with one catch for 18 yards.
Monday, November 12, 2012, 6:39pm
Denver veteran running back Willis McGahee lost his fourth fumble of the season Sunday. That did not factor into Denver’s blowout victory at Carolina. But head coach John Fox knows a lost fumble could be crucial in a closer game.
“It’s an area where it’s obviously not acceptable,” Fox said. “(McGahee) knows it. We know it. We’ll emphasize that."
Seems like McGahee's job is safe, at least for now. But if it continues to be an issue that could obviously change. Ronnie Hillman could be in line for more work if the vet McGahee's fumbling issues continue.