The Denver Broncos addressed their running game in this year’s NFL Draft with the selection of RB Monte Ball. Veteran RB Willis McGahee was released in the offseason and it appears that second year running back Ronnie Hillman is a top the depth chart for the Broncos currently. One writer believes that Hillman will lead the Broncos this season in rushing, predicting that he will be the next 1,000 yard rusher for Denver.
Frequest ESPN contributor and Denver Post columnist Woody Paige makes that bold prediction. Paige reports that after speaking with head coach John Fox, Hillman is more comfortable and the coach calls his practices “tenacious”. Paige writes that the Broncos were 25th in the league with runs of 10 yards or more last season and had just seven runs of over 20 yards.
Hillman does possess explosiveness and it’s likely that Hillman and Ball will be splitting rushing duties. Si.com’s senior NFL analyst Peter King reported last week that despite Hillman being a top the depth chart currently, he expects Ball to be the lead back for the Broncos at the start of the season with Hillman being the change of pace back.
This battle will be one that fantasy owners will have to monitor as training camp continues and through the preseason. Even if Hillman leads the Broncos in rushing, I fully expect Ball to lead Denver in touchdowns on the ground. Ball scored 55 touchdowns at Wisconsin in his college career while rushing for nearly 4,000 yards.