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RB Ronnie Hillman - San Diego Chargers

5-9, 200Born: 9-14-1991College: San Diego StateDrafted: Round 3

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16 at CLE 26 9 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.6
17 vs KC 38 7 41 0 6 3 50 0 0 9.1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 41 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)

Hillman has looked very poor in relief of Melvin Gordon in recent weeks, but came out looking like a new player in this game. Taking a swing pass up the left side on the game's first play from scrimmage, San Diego's fifth starting running back this season beat the linebacker to the edge and picked up a nice gain on the play. Soon after that, the player who previously had trouble eluding anyone turned a definite loss in the backfield into a first down run up the middle. He used a terrific spin move to get out of the initial tackle, and then good burst to take it upfield for the nice gain. He had ten offensive touches in the game, second only to Andre Williams' 18, and Hillman led all Chargers in yards from scrimmage with 91. He was the more effective back in the passing game, but was also surpringly effective in the ground game as well (considering how ineffective he has been the last few games).

2016 Week 16 vs CLE (9 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rookie Kenneth Farrow fumbled twice last week, and Hillman looked good in limited action. So coming into this game, it was assumed that the Chargers might employ more of a committee approach. That theory went out the window on the team's opening possession, when Farrow got all of the work out of the backfield. That trend continued the entire game, aside from a short period of time when Farrow injured his shoulder and had to leave the game for a bit. Hillman simply showed zero escapability whatsoever. If he tried stretching a play out wide, the defense easily ran him down. If he ran up the middle, he had no strength to move the pile. Hillman was given a carry from the goal line after Antonio Gates had drawn a pass interference in the end zone, but Hillman was stuffed and the play went nowhere.

2016 Week 15 vs OAK (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hillman was out-touched by starter Kenneth Farrow 17-7, but Hillman did much more with his opportunites (4.9 YPC versus 2.6 for Farrow). With starter Melvin Gordon unlikely to return this season, and Farrow fumbling twice (losing one of them at a most inopportune moment), it will be interesting to see how San Diego divvies up the rushing duties over the season's final two games.

2016 Week 11 vs ARI (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hillman seemed poised to have a shot to carry the load a few weeks ago, but that's not happening. In fact, he's barely on the field and barring an injury, that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon, as he was released on Monday.

2016 Week 10 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

We thought Hillman may have shown enough to get a shot at carrying the ball, but the Vikings rarely ran and even when they did Hillman got little opportunity to show what he could do.

2016 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)

While Hillman has been around a week or two, this is the first time we have had a chance to see him in extended action and he was a huge improvement over Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. While he only carried the ball seven times, he showed good burst through holes and into the second level. That said, he didn't break many tackles, make defenders miss very often and was not very effective on passing downs, save his excellent run and catch for 32 yards. On that play, he crept out to the right side of the play and was wide open for quarterback Sam Bradford to throw the ball. There was nobody in his way, so Hillman ran up the sideline for a big gain before being shoved out of bounds. Hillman played well in general, and is a solid addition to the rotation and has a slightly different skill set than Asiata and McKinnon which can only help the offense. He was only on the field for 16 snaps (least of any of the running backs carrying the ball) but may see some more time down the road.

2016 Week 8 vs CHI (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Hillman had no luck running the ball as he was hammered at or behind the offensive line on his few carries. Hillman didn't quite have the speed to beat the defenders to the edge, and while he was targeted in the passing game, several of the attempts were last-ditch passes when Sam Bradford was about to be--or in the process of being--sacked.

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