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|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.
|Devontae Booker eyeing starting job in Denver -- Sat May 21 12:55 am --|
"I'm not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job.”
|Devontae Booker is now one of 41 rookies at the NFL Players Association in Los Angeles.
“My message to Broncos fans is I want to be one of the best running backs to come out of Denver," Booker told NFL Twitter. “I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job.”
Booker might want to participate in a practice drill before he talks again. Last year's torn meniscus has kept him from participating this offseason except walkthroughs and will take him out of the first set of the OTAs that begin next week. (9 News Denver)|
FF Today's Take: Booker needed two surgeries to correct the knee injury that caused him to miss his final three games at Utah last season. The rookie shouldn't have much problem working his way into the No. 2 role in Denver in front of Ronnie Hillman, but he'll be hard-pressed to beat out C.J. Anderson after the Broncos matched the Dolphins' offer sheet (four years, $18 million) this offseason. Booker will have a role, but it will probably be as a breather back - at least in the early going.
|Broncos re-sign Ronnie Hillman -- Mon Apr 18 5:00 pm --|
|Unable to generate much interest in the free-agent market, Ronnie Hillman returned to the Broncos after reaching a 1-year agreement on Monday.
Hillman was a 12-game starter and the Broncos’ leading rusher last season. He was the Broncos’ 1A running back while C.J. Anderson was 1B. (9 News in Denver)|
FF Today's Take: Even though Hillman "got the start" in numerous games last season the Broncos used a two-man committee approach with C.J. Anderson splitting time with Hillman in the backfield. It appears Anderson is now the flavor of the month in the Broncos backfield as he received a four-year deal while Hillman's one-year deal is worth significantly less money. Fantasy owners should favor Anderson at this point in time.