Drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2012, Ronnie Hillman was a running back that was shown a lot of promise coming out of college. Broncos fans have yet to see that potential two years in the league.
With the Broncos gearing up for the 2014 season, there is one player that may not be on the roster once the season gets underway. Hillman had a season to forget in 2013. He has had issues with ball security over the course of his short career, fumbling the ball four times in his first two seasons.
The play that ultimately led him to being benched and fans calling for his release was his fumble at the goal line in last year’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Had Hillman held on to the football, you are possibly looking at the Broncos winning that game by one point instead of suffering a six point defeat. The ball securities and the play led him to be deactivated for the majority of the season. Hillman was even deactivated in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. Having him activated probably would not have made a difference, but not getting playing time in critical games raises some red flags.
It would not surprise me at all if Hillman was released by the Broncos. He has not really shown the skills that he was known for during his time in college. He was praised by John Elway as a Darren Sproles clone when he was drafted. Well, sorry to say Elway, but I have yet to see his “Darren Sproles” abilities.
If he struggles during training camp and the preseason, it would make the most sense if they released him. With Montee Ball taking the reigns, Hillman has to battle C.J. Anderson among other running backs for the very least a spot on the roster. It is safe to say that Hillman enters the summer on a very short leash. One mistake in training camp or the preseason and he can kiss his short career in the Mile High City goodbye.