Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway and head coach John Fox expect RB Montee Ball to compete for a starting job amongst RBs Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman this year. The team envisions Ball as an every-down back in the NFL. 'We expect all these guys to contribute,' Elway said. 'The earlier you go, the more we hope they contribute.'
5.7.2013 1:37:58 PM EST
ESPN.com's Bill Williamson suspects that Denver Broncos RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman will receive some primary carries this year as the team looks to move away from older RBs Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno. Hillman is more of a third-down change-of-pace back, and the Broncos like the way Ball runs, his durability and that he can also catch the ball out of the backfield.
5.2.2013 1:15:02 PM EST
The Denver Broncos are working with RB Ronnie Hillman to try to keep his weight up during the season. Hillman dropped to under 180 pounds at the end of the 2012 season.
4.23.2013 8:49:16 AM EST
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said RB Willis McGahee is part of the team's plans at running back for 2013. 'With where we are right now, McGahee is that big back for us right now,' Elway said. Elway added RB Ronnie Hillman is expected to serve as the change-of-pace back.
4.22.2013 4:42:08 PM EST
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said the team sees RB Willis McGahee as a big back and RB Ronnie Hillman as a change-of-pace backs. 'With (Willis) McGahee, he's our big back right now,' 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.'
2.21.2013 3:03:42 PM EST
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said he believes RB Ronnie Hillman is capable to become a No. 1 running back in the NFL. Fox said the team expects Hillman to play better next season and receive more playing time.
2.20.2013 11:43:27 AM EST
The Denver Broncos have big plans for RB Ronnie Hillman in their offense; however, for him to fulfill his potential, Hillman needs another offseason in an NFL strength program. He also needs to attack the line of scrimmage harder and understand where the hole is. At this point in his career, Hillman should be the back in the team's three-wide receiver sets, but he had to play more on early downs after RB Willis McGahee (knee) was injured. Hillman played 18 percent of the team's offensive snaps this past season.
2.13.2013 4:00:32 PM EST
The Denver Broncos are not expected to show interest in Miami Dolphins impending free-agent RB Reggie Bush because they have RB Ronnie Hillman who fills a similar role.
Broncos | Have depth at RB
1.7.2013 3:47:08 PM EST
The Denver Broncos have employed a next-man-up attitude at running back this year after RB Willis McGahee (knee) went down, and the team has been successful with RB Knowshon Moreno in his absence. Their 114.5 yards rushing per game ranks seventh in the league. RB Ronnie Hillman fumbled early in the team's Week 17 game and was benched for the rest of the game in favor of RBs Lance Ball and Jacob Hester. Denver still managed to run for 172 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in that contest. 'If you want to say one thing that's great about this team, it's that nobody's selfish,' Ball said. 'That's what you need to have a championship team.'
Broncos | Ronnie Hillman still learning
11.26.2012 6:40:02 PM EST
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said rookie RB Ronnie Hillman has plenty to learn in the league, including pass protection. 'If (not trusting him in pass protection) were the case, Ronnie Hillman wouldn't be on our team. We have great confidence in Ronnie. He's a young player that's learning, like all rookies in their rookie season in the National Football League. He's working hard to continue to grow and we're very pleased with Ronnie Hillman,' Fox said. Fox also said Hillman will get better with more repetitions.