| Running Back, Denver Broncos
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|Draft: 2012 Round 3 (4)
College: San Diego State
Ht: 5’10” Wt: 190 DOB: 1991-11-14 Age: 23
|With aging starter Willis McGahee ill-suited to handle a full workload in a Denver offense that will rely on the passing game far more than it did in 2011 and Knowshon Moreno at a career crossroads due to injuries, ineffectiveness and off the field issues, the Broncos used a 3rd round pick to acquire Hillman. At 5’9” and 200 pounds, Hillman doesn’t have prototypical size but he may possess enough quickness, speed and lateral agility to eventually start in the Denver backfield. But that’s not likely to happen with Willis McGahee coming off a solid season in 2011. As with all rookie running backs, Hillman will need to prove his worth as a pass blocker in order to earn significant playing time, especially so with Peyton Manning having missed all of 2011 due to injury. Hillman rates as a high-end RB4 with upside in 2011 and move him higher in leagues that utilize the PPR scoring system. As a dynasty prospect, Hillman has a solid chance to earn the starting role as early as next season making him a valuable commodity.
| C.J. Anderson feels toe injury no longer an issue -- Thu Sep 24 5:00 pm --|
Will continue receiving treatment
|C.J. Anderson has not missed a practice, but he continues to be listed on the injury report because of the toe injury he suffered late in the Week 1 win over Baltimore. He practiced again Thursday and said this week that the off-days after last Thursday's win over Kansas City helped him heal. Anderson said Wednesday that he continues to receive treatment on the toe.
"I'm fine now," Anderson said. "I don't think it affected me. ... I'm impatient, but it's going to be one of those nagging things for the season that I take care of."
FF Today's Take: The Denver Post's Troy Renck has suggested Anderson has one more game as the starter before the Broncos' backfield turns into a full-blown committee or Ronnie Hillman passes him on the depth chart. Whether that's likely not the case, what we do know is that Denver's run-blocking has been atrocious (second-worst score per Pro football Focus). The healing on the field should begin this Sunday night against the Lions'struggling run defense.
| C.J. Anderson to play Thursday night -- Thu Sep 17 5:25 pm --|
Working through toe and ankle injury
|Not much of a surprise, but despite being listed as questionable with a toe injury, Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will play tonight, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Despite conflicting reports earlier in the day, Anderson is expected to draw the start in Kansas City after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday. Last year's second-half standout probably should be expected to cede a few more carries than usual to Ronnie Hillman if he is limited in any way, but it also wouldn't come as a surprise if tops 20 carries if the ground game starts clicking like it did at the end of Week 1.
| D. Thomas, C.J. Anderson nursing minor injuries -- Mon Sep 14 4:40 pm --|
Top WR dealing with hand concern, RB has sprained toe
|Demaryius Thomas finished Sunday's season opener with seven catches for 60 yards and a sore hand. He said he planned to have his hand X-rayed after injuring it during the game.
C.J. Anderson said he suffered a sprained toe, although he didn't miss much time. The Broncos' starting running back slogged through tough runs against the Ravens' stout defense, gaining 29 yards on 12 carries. Ronnie Hillman led the Broncos with 41 yards on 12 attempts. The Broncos rushed 25 times, with 11 coming on their final scoring drive. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: HC Gary Kubiak called both players "fine", so owners can probably expect Thomas and Anderson to resume their usual roles against Kansas City on Thursday night. Much has been made about Anderson rough 12-carry, 29-yard outing in Week 1, but it is not as if Ronnie Hillman (12 carries, 41 yards) thrived. Baltimore should be the toughest test the Denver running game should see all season, so unless there is a setback with the toe, Anderson should be a RB1 moving forward.
|Cowboys trying to acquire RB Ball from Broncos? -- Fri Sep 4 3:50 pm --|
Rumors abound that Dallas is looking to add the elusive RB
|After maintaining all offseason that they're perfectly happy with their running back triumvirate of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a trade for Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, according to a report from Vic Lombardi of CBS 104.3 in Denver. Ball, a former second-round pick out of Wisconsin, was the starter for the Broncos during the early part of the 2014 season, but the combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led to him losing carries to Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. He played in just five games, starting three, and carried 55 times for a total of 172 yards (3.1 per carry) and one touchdown. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: If Ball gets moved from Denver to Dallas, his fantasy value will receive a massive boost. With Randle and McFadden both underwhelming throughout camp and into the preseason, Ball would likely inherit the majority of the touches that were given to DeMarco Murray last year. Stay tuned...
|Hillman now the 1B runner in Denver? -- Mon Aug 24 3:45 pm --|
RB has 120 yards on 16 carries through two exhibition games
|In two preseason games, Ronnie Hillman sped past Montee Ball on the depth chart on his way to 120 yards rushing on 16 carries - 7.5 yards per carry. Hillman is now the 1B runner behind C.J. Anderson.
"I'm not worried about 1B and all that because that'll drive you crazy," Hillman said.
Meanwhile, second-year back Juwan Thompson may also be moving past Ball, whose slump continues. Hilllman (8 carries, 54 yards), Thompson (five carries, 32 yards) and Anderson (4 for 24) all averaged at least 6.0 yards per carry. (9News Denver)|
FF Today's Take: It's important to remember a month ago that Thompson was "making a push for No. 2" and Ball has been the second man through in both of the Broncos' preseason games. The most likely scenario all along as been Anderson seeing roughly 18-20 touches/game and the second back - whomever that ends up being - collecting the scraps. HC Gary Kubiak has enjoyed success with this setup before, most recently in 2011 when Arian Foster finished as the RB4 and Ben Tate the RB28 in Houston.
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