Most fans and the media believe that Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman will not be around much longer. However, he may have other ideas.
Training camp for the Broncos got underway in late July and some sources indicate that Hillman is actually doing really well. We all remember how he was put in the doghouse after his goal-line fumble ruined any chance of a comeback last year against the Indianapolis Colts. Perhaps he is using his mistakes that he made as motivation to become even better. Eric Studesville, the team’s running back coach, even praised his progress and admitted that he did not do a great job at bringing out Hillman’s potential.
What does this mean for the depth chart at running back? We all know that Montee Ball is the starter given some unforeseen circumstances, but reports say that Hillman right now holds the No. 2 spot behind Ball and ahead of C.J. Anderson and the undrafted free agent running backs. Meaning, unless Hillman completely falters in the preseason, we could see Kapri Bibbs, Brennan Clay, and Juwan Thompson fighting for a spot on the roster if there will be one at all.
The one thing about Hillman that can separate him from the rest of them is his speed. Ball is more of the bruiser who can fight for that extra yardage where Hillman can break away if he gets into the open field. Speed could be the deciding factor between games won and lost.
Hearing about Hillman’s progress has surprised me quite a bit. If he ends up with one of the final spots on the 53-man roster, this Broncos offense could be even more of a threat to defenses. As long as he can hold on to the football this time, there is no doubt that his true potential could be unleashed.