Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
3 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)
3 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)
3 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.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
3 months ago

The Broncos and Hillman have reportedly exchanged contract proposals, 9news.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

More than a month into free agency, Hillman remains unsigned and given that he has been unable to land a lucrative deal elsewhere, a return to the Broncos is beginning to appear more and more plausible. If that happens though, Hillman would be in line to serve in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson, with the report further suggesting that they Broncos are expected to add running back help via the draft later this month.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
4 months ago

Coach Gary Kubiak relayed the Broncos would consider bringing Hillman back later this offseason, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Hillman still unsigned this deep into free agency, such an outcome now looks plausible, though in such a scenario, he'd presumably be brought back for a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson, whose four-year, $18-million offer sheet (from Miami) the Broncos elected to match. Also currently in Denver's depth RB mix are Juwan Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Cyrus Gray.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
5 months ago

Hillman rushed for 863 yards and seven touchdowns on 207 carries in 2015, adding 111 yards on 24 catches. He fumbled three times during the regular season. In the playoffs, he rushed for 54 yards on 32 carries and added a seven-yard catch.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman entered 2015 with just two career 100-yard games, but managed four such performances as he emerged as the lead in he and C.J. Anderson's duo for much of the season. The speedster, seldom a sure thing in short-yardage situations or pass protection early in his career, improved in both areas on his way to a career year. Hillman's grip on the featured role in Denver's running attack slipped during the playoffs, however, as he saw fewer touches week to week, resulting in just five carries for no yards in Super Bowl 50. Hillman showed promise in Gary Kubiak's zone attack, but may find himself on a new team in 2016 with Anderson tenderable and attentions turned on keeping Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Brock Osweiler and others in orange.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
5 months ago

Hillman ran the ball five times, but was held to no yardage in Sunday's Super Bowl victory over Carolina.

EDGE Analysis

Hillman never moved more than three yards beyond the line of scrimmage and three of his five carries went for negative yardage. Running up against the likes of Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly will do that to a back, but Hillman's counterpart, C.J. Anderson, managed to collect 100 total yards. For the playoffs, Anderson totaled 273 yards and nine catches while Hillman was held to 61 total yards and one catch. Both are free agents this offseason and Anderson made the better final impression on Sunday.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
6 months ago

Hillman turned 11 carries into 16 yards and one catch (on two targets) into seven yards during Sunday's AFC championship game victory against the Patriots.

EDGE Analysis

The Broncos have consistently fed Hillman all season, but he's surpassed 4.0 YPC just once over the last seven games (including playoffs). He hasn't exactly made up for it with touchdowns (one) or multiple catches in a given game (only three times), while C.J. Anderson has maintained relevance throughout. Nevertheless, Hillman has averaged over 14 touches per contest, meaning he's a fair bet to strike in Super Bowl 50.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
6 months ago

Hillman gained just 38 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He failed to haul in his only target in the passing game.

EDGE Analysis

The 24-year-old led the Broncos in carries on the day, but his inefficiency resulted in C.J. Anderson nearly doubling him in yardage. Anderson also received three targets to Hillman's one, and plowed home the team's only touchdown. Hillman should continue to see his fair share of touches, but Anderson's rugged style could prove more suited to playoff football, and he could see some additional looks next week in the AFC championship game against the Patriots.

Ronnie Hillman
RB DEN (11)
7 months ago

Hillman rushed 15 times for a season-high 117 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers. He also caught two of three targets for 10 receiving yards.

EDGE Analysis

Backup C.J. Anderson also had a big day, rushing 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, as the Broncos relied on their running backs to get them back after they trailed 14-6 in the third quarter. With Anderson playing well of late, rushing for at least 70 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games, Hillman will likely continue to cede carries, which obviously hurts his fantasy upside heading into the playoffs.