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Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:54:54 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball, who leads the rest of the team's rushers with 559 career rushing yards from his rookie season, is looked at as a veteran on the staff, according to head coach John Fox. Despite his lack of experience, Ball is penciled in as the starting running back this year. The coaching staff is also very confident in what they have in Ball's young backups in RBs Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson and Jerodis Williams. RB Brennan Clay's speed and quick learning of the playbook has him alongside Anderson for third-string repetitions.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:33:15 -0700
The Denver Broncos will stick with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman for now, according to general manager John Elway.
Fantasy Tip: It wouldn't be surprising to see the team add a veteran for training camp, or even after the preseason once another club cuts a veteran, but Elway wants the backfield to run through its youngsters. However, he didn't mention potential sleeper C.J. Anderson, either, and he's still in the mix. Ball is the clear leader and will get first-round consideration, while Hillman is more of an RB4 at this point.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:39:55 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is focused on making the team after slipping down the depth chart quickly last season. "I have a chip on my shoulder now," Hillman said. "I am not paying too much attention to the depth chart. But I am not out here practicing to be No. 2." Hillman's work in regaining a job behind RB Montee Ball will start with him hanging onto the football. He fumbled twice last year inside the opponent's 10-yard line, and the team ran out of patient with him.
Fantasy Tip: Hillman is essentially undraftable if you were doing a draft today, unless you were using him as a handcuff to Ball in a deep league. C.J. Anderson has what it takes to become the backup to Ball, too.
Fri, 30 May 2014 05:55:19 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball has the starting job, and the competition for the backfield is with the No. 2 spot, according to offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Fantasy Tip: Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson are the main contenders. The bruising Anderson would seem to hold up better, but the slasher Hillman has more experience. It seems as if situational work would cancel them out as long as Ball is healthy and effective.
Sun, 18 May 2014 20:30:16 -0700
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said the team is looking for RB Ronnie Hillman to improve his play if he wants to make the team this upcoming season. Hillman has fumbled four times over the past two seasons.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:17:01 -0700
The Denver Broncos are not expected to sign a running back at this point, because they want to give RBs Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson as many offseason reps as they can before they consider adding a veteran running back.
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:12:27 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared OG Chris Kuper, TE Joel Dreessen, CB Quentin Jammer, RB Ronnie Hillman, DL Sione Fua, OT Vinston Painter, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 21.
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:02:02 -0800
The Denver Broncos are not expected to be able to re-sign impending free-agent RB Knowshon Moreno this offseason. Moreno likely will test the free-agent market this offseason.
Fantasy Tip: Montee Ball, who has had a significant role down the stretch spelling Moreno, will likely become the team's main running back if Moreno departs in free agency. Ronnie Hillman would be the complement to Ball in 2014 if that's the case.
Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:27:19 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared OG Chris Kuper, TE Joel Dreessen, CB Marquice Cole, RB Ronnie Hillman, DL Sione Fua, OT Vinston Painter, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 20.
Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:24:18 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared OG Chris Kuper, DL Derek Wolfe, TE Joel Dreessen, RB Ronnie Hillman, DL Sione Fua, CB Tony Carter, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 19.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:58:33 -0800
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman may miss some practice time next week due to a court date for multiple traffic infractions.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 11:36:21 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared CB Champ Bailey, OG Chris Kuper, DL Derek Wolfe, C J.D. Walton, RB Ronnie Hillman, WR Trindon Holliday, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 14.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:34:34 -0800
The Denver Broncos are still hoping that RB Knowshon Moreno (ankle) can play in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs after he missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 27. Moreno needed crutches after the Week 12 game to get to and from the trainer's room and wore a walking boot on the flight home. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio is calling Moreno day-to-day. RB Montee Ball is expected to start if Moreno can't play. Ball took snaps with the starters Wednesday. RBs C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman would likely be mixed in, as well.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:44:00 -0800
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (ankle) is expected to be questionable at best for the team's Week 13 game. If he is not able to play, RBs C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman could receive playing time.
Fantasy Tip: Ball likely would have the most fantasy value this week if Moreno is not able to play. Anderson and Hillman could also have value depending on how much playing time they would receive. Ball and Anderson should be considered as options for starting lineups this week.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:03:08 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared CB Champ Bailey, OG Chris Kuper, C J.D. Walton, TE Julius Thomas, FS Michael Huff, RB Ronnie Hillman, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 12.
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:56:28 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared CB Champ Bailey, OG Chris Kuper, C J.D. Walton, LB Nate Irving, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Tony Carter, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 11.
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 12:14:40 -0800
The Denver Broncos have declared CB Champ Bailey, OG Chris Kuper, SS Duke Ihenacho, C J.D. Walton, RB Ronnie Hillman, DL Sylvester Williams, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 10.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:15:45 -0700
The Denver Broncos have declared CB Champ Bailey, OG Chris Kuper, OG John Moffitt, RB Ronnie Hillman, DL Sylvester Williams, CB Tony Carter, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 8.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:35:02 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will be inactive for the team's Week 8 game. RB C.J. Anderson will be active for the game in place of Hillman.
Fantasy Tip: The demotion comes after Hillman fumbled in back-to-back weeks. Knowshon Moreno has been receiving most of the snaps at running back and will continue to do so this week. Moreno is the only Broncos running back that should be in fantasy starting lineups.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:49:20 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 11, and is probable for Week 6.
Fantasy Tip: There is no question that Hillman will play, but how much work will he get? It could be considerably more action than he's seen all year, especially in the second, half if Denver has this game in the bag.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:24:09 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 10.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:32:05 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Fantasy Tip: Hillman returned to the Week 5 game after limping off, so that's a sign that he should be good to go this weekend. Hillman could see plenty of work in mop-up duty against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he's still a very risk flex play in deeper leagues.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:08:48 -0700
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (undisclosed) returned to the Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter after limping off earlier.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:45:20 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (undisclosed) left the Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter due to an undisclosed injury. He limped off and immediately was assisted by trainers on the bench. RB Montee Ball replaced him.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:34:16 -0700
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said RB Ronnie Hillman was going back into the game to eventually score a touchdown, and a game of rock-paper-scissors was not going to dictate who went into the game. "That's just little stuff that people like to get on TV and have something to talk about," Fox said Tuesday. "Ronnie Hillman was going back in the game. That was just a little way to have fun, I guess. That wasn't official. Ronnie was running the ball. We decide that, not them."
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:55:29 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman scored a touchdown in the team's Week 3 game after winning a game of rock-paper-scissors on the sidelines with RBs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball to see who would get the goal line carry. "We were just messing around on the sideline," Hillman said. "Just something to do. Have fun."
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:58:15 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball averaged 1.3 yards per carry after fumbling in the end zone on the game-opening drive, and RB Ronnie Hillman only had one carry for three yards in the team's Week 2 win over the New York Giants.
Fantasy Tip: Things could have been much differently for Ball had he not fumbled on what looked to be a sure touchdown. That surely has set him back, especially coupled with the way Knowshon Moreno played in the rest of the contest. Moreno should now be owned in all leagues, and if he keeps playing like he did yesterday, Ball and Hillman could continue to see limited work.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:19:47 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno had touchdown runs of 20 and 25 yards in Week 2. He also shined in the blocking game. He finished with 13 carries for 93 yards, while RB Montee Ball had 12 carries for 16 yards and a fumble near the goal line.
Fantasy Tip: Ronnie Hillman has been a non-factor, despite his starting status entering the year. Moreno is the clear back to own right now, but if you have roster space, Ball is a good player to stash. He's clearly struggling right now, and it is becoming clear that the Broncos are shifting in Moreno's direction.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:32:34 -0700
Denver Broncos RBs Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman will share time again in Week 2.
Thu, 05 Sep 2013 06:07:54 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno could start in Week 1, and play the most in the running back committee.
Fantasy Tip: The team is still looking for some stability at running back. Montee Ball has had trouble learning to pass protect, and Ronnie Hillman has had trouble holding on to the ball. Moreno appears to be on the most solid ground with the team.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:07:50 -0700
The Denver Broncos will use RBs Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno in a running back by committee approach in their regular season opener Thursday, Sept. 5, against the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. The team makes protection QB Peyton Manning a priority, and Ball's pass protection is something he needs to improve, so expect to see plenty of Hillman and Moreno in Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: The three-headed RB approach is something that will give fantasy owners fits, not just in the opener, but for the first handful of games until someone takes the reins and emerges as the clear-cut No. 1 tailback. It may or may not happen, but most figure Ball will be the one to emerge as the top dog. For now, Ball should be considered a low-end RB2, while the other two are best used as RB3s or flex options.
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 21:22:14 -0700
The Denver Broncos plan to use a running back by committee on a drive-by-drive basis, not play-by-play. In other words, RBs Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno could see plenty of touches, or few. The team will run an up-tempo offense, and if the team stays on the field, so will the running back. If there is a stalled or short drive, the running back might chance on the next drive.
Fantasy Tip: It sounds like a maddening situation for fantasy owners. Most talking heads figure Ball will emerge as the most useful of the fantasy backs once the dust clears, but it is murky at best, and will give fantasy owners headaches during the early going.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 08:40:53 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is listed as the starting running back on the team's depth chart for Week 1. RB Montee Ball is listed as the backup running back and RB Knowshon Moreno is listed as the No. 3 running back.
Fantasy Tip: Hillman received a lot of time with the starters during training camp and the preseason and appears to get the first chance at the starting job. Ball and Moreno are expected to also receive playing time during games. Since the roles for each player is uncertain at this point, none of the running backs should be considered an every-week play at this time.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:13:59 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman was running with the first team in practice Tuesday, Aug. 27. Head coach John Fox said not to read into RB Montee Ball taking first-team reps Monday, Aug. 26, even though he also took some turns with the starters Tuesday. Ball's starter work Monday might have had something to do with Hillman's preseason fumbling issues. The Broncos had Hillman carrying a football between reps the last few days.
Fantasy Tip: Denver is trying to condition Hillman into an every-down mentality with their focus on him protecting the ball. This remains a messy fantasy backfield; none of these options opens the season as anything more than a flex play. Even Knowshon Moreno would be a decent speculation for your bench. All things equal, Ball presents the best makeup to take over eventually, but the path there could take a long time.
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:42:35 -0700
Denver Broncos coach John Fox told reporters he had not lost faith in RB Ronnie Hillman despite his tendency to cough up the ball. Hillman had two fumbles returned for touchdowns in preseason games. Still, RB Montee Ball took more snaps with the No. 1 squad Monday, Aug. 26, and Fox cautioned not to read anything. "It's just practice," Fox said. "I wouldn't read too much into anything. We're evaluating everybody regardless of who gets what reps at what numbers. He's a guy that we want to get touches and we'll go from there."
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:30:36 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has gained 2.7 yards per carry this preseason and fumbled on the goal line in their preseason game last week. RB Montee Ball has a 3.4-yards-per-carry average, but he missed a block in pass protection that led to a big hit on QB Peyton Manning.
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:55:55 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball remains behind RB Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart. He played 11 snaps in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, posting five carries for just nine yards. Ball has received occasional carries with the first-team offense during this week's practices, but remains No. 2 on the depth chart.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:30:43 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball reportedly had the best scrimmage over the weekend between RBs Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno. Ball and Hillman each worked with the No. 1 offense, but Hillman had little room to run. Moreno ran with the second unit.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 16:55:50 -0700
The Denver Broncos list RB Montee Ball as the primary backup behind starting RB Ronnie Hillman on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp. RB Knowshon Moreno is listed as the third running back on the chart.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 12:50:33 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is listed as the starting running back on the team's first released depth chart.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:12:30 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has a firm hold on the No. 1 running back position to this point in training camp over RBs Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno. "How it moves forward - we don't know enough about Montee Ball yet," head coach John Fox said. "We know what style he has. I've been very impressed with his football character. And you do find out pretty fast at that position."
Moreno is third on the depth chart, but he is expected to get his share of touches in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos eventually want Ball to become their featured back, and they hope he can develop into a 15-to-20 carry running back, but it's unclear when exactly that might happen.
Fantasy Tip: For now, Hillman is the guy based on the improvements he's made in pass protection. Ball probably won't see significant repetitions in the backfield until he shows he's capable of consistently protecting Peyton Manning, similar to the progression that Hillman went through in his rookie season last year. All three backs should see work once the regular season starts, making it tough to predict who will carry the most fantasy value. In the long term, Ball is your best bet, but it could be a frustrating first half of the season for his owners.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:38:08 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman started training camp as the No. 1 running back on the team's depth chart, and he knows if he wants to keep that spot, pass protection will be key. "I've made it a priority, and I think I'm making strides at it and it's paying off," Hillman said. "I'm trying to get better every week at it so it becomes second nature."
Fantasy Tip: Hillman isn't getting a ton of respect in fantasy leagues, as his average draft position has been in the neighborhood of the 11th round in leagues of 12 or more teams, while Montee Ball has been going significantly earlier. Hillman could be a very solid steal if you nab him in the middle rounds.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:36:02 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Jeremiah Johnson is having a fantasy training camp, but he is competing at a very tough position, with the likes of RBs Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, FB Jacob Hester, Lance Ball and even C.J. Anderson ahead of him in the pecking order.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson's preseason performances might not be to make Denver's 53-man roster, but rather to crack a roster with another NFL club. For fantasy purposes, even if he is a preseason superstar, he has a while to go before he is fantasy relevant.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:38:00 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has improved his pass-protection skills this season, which hurt his case for playing time last season. He still has a firm grasp on the No. 1 running back post.
Fantasy Tip: While it has been a forgone conclusion to some that rookie Montee Ball would be the featured back, don't expect it right away. Hillman gained valuable experience last year when he was leapfrogged a couple of times because of his pass-protection deficiencies. Ball seems to be heavily overvalued in drafts right now.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:34:29 -0700
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox praised RB Ronnie Hillman, saying he has a pro body and is even more capable as a full-time running back.
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:42:56 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will begin training camp as the starting running back.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 08:12:27 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman said he wants to be the starting running back once the regular season begins. "Come the opener, I want to be the guy back there," Hillman said. "I can't lie. I want it to be me and I'm pushing to be that guy." Hillman said he understands he needs to keep his weight up during the season but does not think it will hurt his speed.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:05:58 -0700
The Denver Broncos could use a running-back-by-committee approach at running back with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman getting most of the carries, and RB Knowshon Moreno also receiving playing time.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 07:15:32 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is expected to be used on third downs as a receiver and pass blocker, while RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman receive the bulk of the carries.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:18:18 -0700
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is confident that he can carry the load as the team's featured back this season, despite his size. "You get that when you're a smaller guy," Hillman said. "You can't take the pounding, but I just brush it off. Of course you hear things. I'm not going to sit here and say I don't hear what they say, but you just got to let it go." Hillman put on 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason, but the team has told him they'd like him to play around 190 to 195 pounds.
Fantasy Tip: Hillman will compete with rookie Montee Ball for the majority of touches behind Peyton Manning in training camp. Hillman could enter Week 1 as the starter, but Ball will likely become the main back in Denver eventually. Draft Ball in the middle rounds of your draft as an RB3 with potential for more. Hillman isn't a bad late-round pick for running back depth.