Knowshon Moreno has really stepped up as the lead back over the Broncos’ last six games, averaging 20-plus carries and 85 yards per game while adding three touchdowns over that span.
Rookie Ronnie Hillman has had a strong hold on the backup role all season, but in the last regular season game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he fumbled and did not see any playing time after that. Lance Ball shouldered the load the rest of the game and used his playing time to his advantage by rushing 15 times for 66 yards and a score. Did Hillman lose the job or was this just a message from Broncos head coach John Fox?
I guess we will have to wait and find out in the AFC divisional round when the Broncos face the Ravens. Hillman will probably get a few carries as normal and nothing will change because of the fumble. Hillman has fared pretty well in his backup role by rushing 85 times for 330 yards and one touchdown. The knock on Hillman has been his pass blocking, which is really important to the Broncos passing game and QB Peyton Manning‘s long-term health.
Hopefully Hillman gets his name called during the playoffs and answers in a positive way and by next season maybe he can improve his pass blocking in order to continue to expand his role in the Broncos’ offense. However, Denver is focused on winning the Super Bowl, so the running back with the hot hand will see the most action and right now it appears that won’t be Hillman.
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