Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
2 hours ago

Hillman totaled 45 yards and a touchdown off of just five carries in Saturday's win over Los Angeles.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman has been written off in recent weeks under the assumption that he'll be the odd man out once final roster decisions are made. That might still be the case, but the speedster zig-zagged around the Rams' defensive front for an impressive nine yards per carry - his best performance of the preseason. He still faces stiff competition in Kapri Bibbs, a younger, cheaper player who offers more on special teams, but Hillman will likely have plenty of opportunities to prove that he's worth keeping around with the backups getting most of the reps against Arizona on Thursday.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
6 days ago7 Comments

Hillman is in danger of losing his roster spot, 9news.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman was clearly a part of Denver's 2016 plans back in mid-April when he signed a one-year, $2 million contract that included $500,000 in full guarantees -- pretty good money for a backup running back. There actually hasn't been any indication that the team's opinion of Hillman has changed since that time, but he did catch an unlucky break when Devontae Booker fell to the Broncos at No. 136 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Broncos might have even drafted Booker earlier if they didn't already have Hillman on the roster, as GM John Elway said the former Utah standout was the second-ranked running back on his team's board. Unfortunately for Hillman, the fourth-round rookie has lived up to the Broncos' lofty expectations during training camp, emerging as the favorite to serve as C.J. Anderson's top backup. While the Broncos may have valued Hillman at $2 million when he was expected to be the No. 2 running back, his cap hit is rather hefty for a third-stringer, even if the team thinks he's good enough to be the No. 2 on most teams. With $1.4 million of his contract not yet paid and not guaranteed, Hillman is competing for a roster spot against 2014 UDFA Kapri Bibbs, who has a cap hit of just $525,000. The only good news for Hillman is that his (possible) release would appear to be motivated by cap concerns rather than performance issues, which could make it easier to catch on with another team. He might also consider accepting a pay cut to stay in Denver.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
1 week ago

Hillman gained 21 yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

While efficient on a per-carry basis, Hillman didn't get a touch until the second half, whereas rookie Devontae Booker was quite busy in the second quarter. Booker gained 36 yards on nine carries and seven yards on one reception, with all of his work coming after C.J. Anderson left the game. Anderson is the still the clear lead back and may have a three-down role, but Booker has surpassed Hillman as the preferred handcuff in the Denver backfield..

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
2 weeks ago

Hillman (back) is rotating behind both starter C.J. Anderson and rookie Devontae Booker, team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

When the Broncos signed Anderson to a long-term deal and drafted Booker, the presumption was that Hillman would be lightning to Anderson's thunder while Booker waited in the wings. Now Hillman finds himself battling Booker and former undrafted free agent Kapri Bibbs for a role on the team, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Bibbs, who saw more touches than any other back in the preseason opener, offers a younger, cheaper option as compared to Hillman - who would count just $500,000 against the cap if cut. The fact that a Hillman v. Bibbs scenario is playing out in camp shows just how far last year's team leader in rushing has fallen out of favor.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
3 weeks ago

Hillman is a co-backup to C.J. Anderson along with rookie Devontae Booker, the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite leading the team in rushing in 2015, 2016 has not been so kind to Hillman. He lost his starting spot in the playoffs, failed to attract much attention in free agency and is now playing on a one-year deal while battling a hyped rookie. Hillman offers dynamic speed at the position that neither Anderson nor Booker can replicate, but may be behind both in terms of fitting into the kind of one-cut, downhill style head coach Gary Kubiak prefers.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
4 weeks ago

Hillman (back) did not practice Monday, The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman exited Sunday's session after taking a hit to the back, and that lingering pain evidently kept him sidelined Monday. While the Broncos will surely play it safe with Hillman at this stage in the preseason, his absence allows for rising rookie Devontae Booker (knee) to see more reps in Denver's offense.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
4 weeks ago

Hillman injured his back during Sunday's practice, Troy Renck of 7News Denver reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman took a hard hit from linebacker Zaire Anderson and promptly went to the locker room. While the ailment could force some limitations in the short term, the Broncos are sure to do their due diligence and keep Hillman upright at this early stage of training camp.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
4 months ago

Rookie fourth-rounder Devontae Booker could challenge for playing time, the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Broncos took Booker early on Day 3 despite resigning last year's tandem, C.J. Anderson and Hillman. Of the two, Hillman's short-term future is the most at risk. Anderson's front-loaded contract and strong playoff performance makes him the early favorite to start. Hillman was slated to be the lightning to Anderson's thunder, but Hillman's poor end to the season, he rushed for just 54 yards on 32 playoff carries, makes him vulnerable to a young challenger like Booker.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
4 months ago

Hillman has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Broncos, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Now that Hillman is back in the fold, he'll work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson, whose four-year, $18-million offer sheet (from Miami) the Broncos elected to match. Also currently on the team's RB depth chart are Juwan Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Cyrus Gray. In 12 games with Denver last season, Hillman logged 207 carries for 863 yards and seven TDs, while adding 24 catches for 111 yards in that span.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
5 months ago

Hillman and the Broncos have discussed parameters of a new contract, The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman is currently an unrestriced free agent, but with underwhelming interest on the open market, his representatives have engaged with the Broncos on discussions for a contract to remain in Denver. While at this time it's unclear whether the parties will ultimately be able to strike a deal, the Broncos' four-year, $18 million investment in fellow running back C.J. Anderson this offseason may lead them to pursue an alternative cheaper than Hillman through the draft. That being said, Hillman started 12 total games last season and looked comfortable in coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme, rushing for a career-high 863 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.