Ronnie Hillman Ready To Make Impact In Broncos’ Backfield


Broncos running backs (23) Willis McGahee and (34) Ronnie Hillman against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game. (Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

After the Denver Broncos took on the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, John Fox named off just one player on the injury report.

A day off on Tuesday meant the team’s medical staff has the chance to evaluate, and Fox came out with a new report after Wednesday’s practice.

CB Chris Harris did not participate due to an ongoing ankle injury. S Quinton Carter and LB Von Miller were limited due to a knee injury and hip injury, respectively. WR Brandon Stokley (shoulder) and TE Joel Dreessen (ribs) were listed on the report, but both fully participated in practice.

The guy not listed on the report anymore, and the one that many fans really want to see play, particularly after Knowshon Moreno’s fumble on Monday night, is rookie running back Ronnie Hillman.

Hillman played in just two preseason games due to a nagging hamstring injury, but physically, he appears ready to go. He could make his regular season debut Sunday against the Houston Texans.

“He had a good practice today and he’s coming along,” Fox said. “He’s definitely a talented enough guy. It’s just getting back into the flow of every part of his position. He’s working at it very hard.”

Many have suggested that Hillman has the legs to be a great back, but his pass protection isn’t up to snuff.

“I wouldn’t say he’s been lacking,” Fox said with that concern. “He just missed a lot of time, and we’re playing a little bit of catch up in all phases. He’s come along and I’m pleased with his development.”

Moreno had 3 carries for 2 yards to go along with his fumble. Lance Ball had 1 carry for 4 yards. Willis McGahee undoubtedly carried the load against the Falcons with 113 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown, but he’s going to need more help. That’s where the Broncos are hoping Hillman will come in.

The former San Diego State Aztec was taken in the 3rd round of the draft (67th overall), and is often compared to Darren Sproles.

Excitement is building for his debut which should come very soon.

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