2013 Denver Broncos Training Camp Player to Watch: Ronnie Hillman

By Ryan Heckman


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Soon the 2013 Denver Broncos training camp will be in full swing shortly and there haven’t been expectations like this for an offense in Denver since, well, last year. I guess that introduction didn’t work.

Fans understand, though. This year with the addition of Wes Welker the Broncos have a chance to be special and, even, historical.

As the team enters into training camp, one of the more intriguing position battles will be at running back. Denver let go of veteran Willis McGahee in favor of keeping Knowshon Moreno, second year pro Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball.

Right now, Moreno is last on the depth chart with Ball being penciled in as the starter. Hillman figures to get plenty of playing time, however, as the Broncos will more than likely feature all three backs at one point or another.

After a rookie season in which he carried the ball 85 times for a total of 330 yards and scored a touchdown, Hillman should step into a more integral role in 2013 with McGahee’s absence.

The Broncos will not likely need to run the ball a whole lot with how their passing game is shaping up,especially with such young and unproven guys in the back field. But, with Hillman in line for a good 10-15 touches a game he should be able to make something of those opportunities.

In a camp where he will be lining up behind a rookie, Hillman will have the chance to show a few things. First, he will be able to show that he is a hard worker despite being second on the depth chart to a rookie — a rookie with tons of potential, but a rookie nonetheless.

Hillman is surrounded by some great company on offense and playing with a guy like Peyton Manning should only inspire him to work even harder on the field in hope of receiving a more crucial role in the offense. The fact that he’s listed ahead of Moreno at this point gives him the notion that they believe in him far more than the fifth year pro.

Moreno’s inability to stay healthy gives Hillman a chance to solidify himself as a legitimate candidate for more touches. If the sophomore can prove his worth in camp, he’ll be in line for a significant work load in 2013.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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