RB Ronnie Hillman, Free agent
HT: 5-9, WT: 200, Born: 9-14-1991, College: San Diego State, Drafted: Round 3
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: R Helu (195), Ronnie Hillman (197), K Thompkins (198),
Position: D Brown (191-RB60), R Helu (195-RB61), Ronnie Hillman (197 - RB62), C Anderson (208-RB63), J Rodgers (214-RB64)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: H Douglas (187), Ronnie Hillman (189), R Helu (191)
Position: S Greene (174-RB58), J Starks (183-RB59), Ronnie Hillman (189 - RB60), R Helu (191-RB61), D Brown (198-RB62)
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If we rewind to a year ago, Ronnie Hillman was the team’s lead running back. Now, he’ll be lucky to make the team as a third- or fourth-string player. Fumbling and motivation problems have caused his career path to take a quick downward spiral. Hillman is arguably the fastest player on the Broncos roster, and that speed would make him a great change-of-pace back for Denver if he could hold onto the rock. He works well in space, and he can make cuts without losing much speed. His fumble near the goal line against the Colts in Week 7 caused him to be put in the coach’s doghouse in 2013. Hillman didn’t do himself any favors by pouting on the inactive list. After that fumble, Hillman was only active for three more games the rest of the season. He was inactive all the way through the playoffs, including the Super Bowl. We’ll see if Hillman can hold off undrafted rookies like Kapri Bibbs or Brennan Clay for a spot on the depth chart.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Despite being first on the depth chart, Ronnie Hillman played the fewest snaps of any of Denver's three RBs, seeing the field for just 15 plays and receiving just 4 carries. Despite his limited touches, Hillman's explosiveness was on full display, as he made several plays Denver's other backs simply aren't quick enough to make. Outside of showing off his speed, Hillman had a quiet and forgettable evening.
Week 2 - Ronnie Hillman was completely invisible against New York. Whether by design or as a byproduct of Moreno's strong day, Ronnie Hillman played only two snaps, logging one forgettable carry, and spent the remainder of the afternoon on Denver's bench.
Week 3 - A week after playing just two offensive snaps, it was Ronnie Hillman's turn to have his best game as a pro. The young speedster managed to get 66 yards on just 9 carries. Most impressively, the bulk of his damage came between the tackles rather than simply relying on his raw speed to break a few plays to the outside. Hillman ran through traffic and kept his legs churning all night long. Hillman capped off Denver's final scoring drive by getting 13 yards on 1st-and-10 from the 33, then 19 yards on 1st-and-10 from the 20. It initially looked like Hillman managed to reach the end zone, but the officials ruled him down at the 1 yard line and Denver elected not to challenge. Instead, they kept Hillman on the field, lined up defensive tackle Mitch Unrein as a lead blocker, and let Hillman finish with a 1-yard TD plunge. In all, it was a very impressive performance by the forgotten man in Denver's RB rotation.
Week 4 - Ronnie Hillman continued his season-long pattern of alternating strong games with pedestrian outings. Hillman only had two negative plays on the day, but he was unable to use his trademark speed and explosion to punish one of the worst-tackling defenses in the NFL. Hillman did manage to tie Moreno for the team lead in snaps played with 31, but most of those snaps came after Moreno had taken himself off the field for a breather or after Denver had begun pulling its starters for the game.
Week 5 - Ronnie Hillman continues to be used whenever Denver wants to change the pace or give Knowshon Moreno a breather. Hillman didn't make much of an impact on the ground, but he made several big plays in the passing game. Denver continues to show their trust in Hillman as they gave him several more red zone carries, as Hillman twice took Denver down into a goal-to-go situation and remained on the field, although both drives ended with Peyton Manning touchdown passes. As the game remained tight, though, Denver clearly trusted Moreno more, as Hillman received just two touches in the fourth quarter to Moreno's ten.
Week 6 - For the first time all year, Ronnie Hillman was the third Bronco RB to see the field, not receiving a single touch until the third quarter. Hillman's first touch was a strong run that ended in a fumble, and Hillman was lucky that Eric Decker was nearby and able to muscle it away from the waiting defenders. As has been typical for John Fox this season, he let his runner play through the fumble, as Hillman was back in on the next drive and produced another pair of good runs. After that, Hillman only had two more touches for the rest of the game.
Week 7 - Ronnie Hillman did not get much playing time against a tough opponent, but he had a huge impact in what little he got- both in a good and bad way. Hillman's first three carries all came on first and 10 plays in the third quarter, where he notched gains of 4, 13, and 8 yards. Hillman did not touch the ball again until late in the 4th quarter, when Peyton had completed a rapid-fire series of passes to set Denver up with first and goal at the Indianapolis 2 yard line. Denver opted to give Hillman the red zone work instead of Moreno, but immediately regretted it as Hillman fumbled the ball away, ending Denver's last serious chance at a comeback.
Week 16 - Ronnie Hillman was active against Houston, but did not see the field until Denver pulled its starters on the final drive, giving Hillman three carries to help run out the clock against the overmatched Texans.
Week 17 - Ronnie Hillman was active over C.J. Spiller against the Raiders, and with the game out of hand in the second half, he had an opportunity to see his first extended action since week 7 against the Colts. Hillman received 28 snaps for the day, all coming in the second half, as he rotated with Montee Ball in the 3rd quarter and then had the 4th quarter all to himself. Like the rest of Denver’s offense in the second half, Hillman struggled to get into a rhythm, as several poor gains contributed to stalled drives and his lone target fell incomplete.