“He’s a fumbler!”
“He can’t be trusted with the football!”
Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has heard it all.
In his two seasons with the Broncos he has more fumbles (4) than touchdowns (2).
It would be easy to dismiss Hillman as just a college star (38 touchdowns in 2 seasons) that never materialized in the NFL.
But there are a couple of reasons that you may want to pause your judgment.
First of all, Hillman is just 22 years of age. Through his first two seasons, he has been one of the youngest players in the entire league.
Secondly, with the departure of Knowshon Moreno, Hillman has an opportunity to step in and make a difference.
Last season Moreno rushed for over 1,000 yards, 10 touchdowns, and also had three receiving touchdowns. And while the Broncos are confident in second year back Montee Ball, and back-up C.J. Anderson, Hillman may still get a chance.
He is a change-of-pace speedster that can stretch the defense and hurt you in the passing game.
With Ball and Anderson providing the power inside, Hillman could allow the Broncos offense to get to the edge with his quickness.
So don’t be surprised if Hillman makes you forget the errors of his past. He could still have a bright future.
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