For Hillman to Be in RB Mix, Blocking Must Improve

Ronnie Hillman

HILLMAN: … blocking is the toughest part.

When one player rises on the depth chart, another must fall. For the Broncos at running back, that meant third-round rookie Ronnie Hillman was sliding down the table when Knowshon Moreno ascended back to the No. 2 role behind Willis McGahee this week.

Lance Ball’s drop from No. 2 to No. 3 was no surprise. Ball was long pegged for that role, which will entail occasional use as an outside receiver or second back flanking Manning in the shotgun, in addition to the myriad special-teams duties he will assume. As a jack-of-all-trades, Ball fits the job description of the third running back perfectly.

But with Hillman, the drop to No. 4 came in spite of leading the Broncos in rushing in the preseason — despite playing just two games. If you’re looking for a reason, look no further than everything that doesn’t involve running and receiving.


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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on when the site was managed by He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began in 2010 and now contributes to, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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  1. Darn it, if only they’d known Hillman can’t block ! we coulda drafted a running back…oh well, in 3-4 years he may be able to beat out noshow. hey, maybe he’ll be abe to start with the Big 0..! yah!!

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