Ronnie Hillman Fantasy News
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:34pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has responded after a listless 2013. He’s been a little grittier in pass protection and seems to have learned the sometimes painful lesson that he has to stay on his toes to have a chance to stay in the lineup.
C.J. Anderson, Juwan Thompson and Brennan Clay will hash it out for the other spots. Anderson was sluggish in OTAs and minicamp at 234 pounds. After his performance in those offseason workouts, there were plenty of folks with the team who were not confident he would keep a roster spot at that weight. But he’s about 215 pounds in camp and looks more like the guy who made the roster last seasonas an undrafted rookie.
Hillman seems to be ahead of Anderson at this point, but Anderson looks better than he did in OTAs/minicamp since he lost the extra weight.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:39pm
Given that running back is a crowded position on the Broncos with plenty of youth -- Ronnie Hillman, entering his third season, is the most experienced of the group -- those looking for a spot may want to take a page from Hillman’s work Sunday. The Broncos didn’t tackle live on special teams, but Hillman returned some kickoffs and showed good burst doing it. And with the kickoff return job wide open, some of the running backs looking for a roster spot may be wise to lobby for their chance to return kicks in the coming weeks.
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 4:33pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman, who held the blue football as a reminder of ball security, made nice run up the middle, bursting outside with good separation. However, he also fumbled once.
Hillman is battling for carries behind Montee Ball.
Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:32pm
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.
It appears Ronnie Hillman is in the lead to back up Montee Ball.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:06am
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.
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 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."
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
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.
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."
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.
Broncos OC Adam Gase said today competition wide open at RB behind Montee Ball on depth chart.
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.
Former Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, per league source.
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
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."
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
Broncos Inactives Champ Bailey CB Zac Dysert QB Ronnie Hillman RB Trindon Holliday WR Chris Kuper G J.D. Walton C Derek Wolfe DE
Julius Thomas is active as expected.
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