Five Offensive Dark Horses for the Denver Broncos

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Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jake Knott (54) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

45. Right now, Hillman is the Broncos’ fan base’s biggest goat. He’s the guy everyone wants to cut. Everyone wants to criticize everything he does. The fact remains, Hillman was a third round pick in 2012. If he had played out all four years of his college eligibility, he’d be a rookie in 2014. I’m not excusing his fumbles or lack of ability to step up and make the explosive plays like he was drafted to do, I’m just saying I think it takes more time for some guys. Having had a couple of seasons to learn the ways of the NFL–and of Peyton Manning–it wouldn’t shock me to see Hillman get his role as #2 RB back this season and make a significant impact in that regard.. RB. San Diego State. Ronnie Hillman. 4. player