A backup running back's favorite friend is named opportunity. As reported by Christopher Dempsey, a reporter for The Denver Post, Ronnie Hillman will be starting in place of Montee Ball in the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night. The Broncos' third-year back has recently impressed Eric Studesville, the Broncos' running back coach. Studesville had nothing but good things to say about Hillman.
"From when we started this spring in April forward, he has been unbelievable," Studesville said of Hillman.
Hillman has been given opportunities in previous years but has had trouble holding onto the ball. Through the past two seasons, he has fumbled four times in 140 carries.
The Broncos' running back race features two backs this year, unlike last year's three. It will be Hillman or Ball. Considering Ball is going in the first round in nearly every format, the decision of Ball or Hillman for the starting position is extremely important. I truly believe Hillman is a great threat to Ball's starting position. Hillman has a chip on his shoulder from the past two years, and if he can hold onto the ball, who knows what could happen? I recommend closely monitoring the situation during Thursday's preseason game. If Hillman plays lights-out, the Broncos' decision for their starting running back could get very interesting.