• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Broncs RB Ronnie Hillman slated to get more snaps, per coach

    Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that running back Ronnie Hillman "has earned the right to get more carries," according to the Denver Post.Kubiak did not that C.J. Anderson will remain the starter, but Hillman, who had 103 rushing yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings, is slated for more early down work. Anderson has really struggled so far this season, failing to reach even 45 rushing yards in a game, giving Hillman a huge opportunity for playing time if he can keep breaking plays like the 72-yard touchdown he scored Sunday.

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    Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman rushes for 103 yards, TD in win

    Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman rushed 11 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass on one target for five receiving yards Sunday against the Vikings.Hillman finished with the same number of rushing attempts as C.J. Anderson, but the latter could only turn them into 43 yards. A vast majority of Hillman's yards came on a 73-yard run, but with his speed, it's always a possibility when he gets out in space. The Broncos used a two-tight end set on Hillman's run but barely used it the rest of the game, opting to work out of the pistol formation to give quarterback Peyton Manning more time in the pocket.Hillman's ability to break a play with his speed could give him more touches than Anderson, who has failed to rush for even 45 yards in a game this season. At the very least, Hillman continues to be in the picture for touches and Anderson is unlikely to get a significantly bigger slice of the pie.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Broncos RB C.J. Anderson to remain starter despite struggles

    Despite his struggles to start the season, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will remain the starter ahead of Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson, according to the Denver Post.Anderson has failed to rush for even 30 yards in a game this season, racking up 74 yards on 32 carries, but Hillman hasn't been much better, rushing for 88 yards on 28 carries.Anderson reportedly had a good practice Friday, and while he'll draw the start Sunday against the Vikings, he'll continue to be on thin ice, particularly if Hillman is able to turn it around and outperform him.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman finds endzone in Sunday's win

    Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman had seven carries for 13 yards and a touchdown, adding one catch for three yards on one target, in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Lions. Hillman scored a one-yard touchdown while C.J. Anderson was being evaluated for a concussion, but Anderson returned to play most of the snaps in the second half. Neither running back had any luck on the ground, so while the Broncos may be growing restless with Anderson, they won't necessarily make a change. Despite missing a good chunk of the second quarter, Anderson outsnapped Hillman 35-24, according to Pro Football Focus.

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    Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman rushes for 34 yards in win

    Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman had nine carries for 34 yards in Thursday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs. Hillman only drew one target and didn't catch it, but he still outplayed C.J. Anderson (toe), who gained 27 on 12 carries and two yards on one reception. According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Anderson played 42 snaps to Hillman's 31, a split that was much more even than the previous week's. If Anderson continues to struggle, Hillman may get a crack at the starting job, as both players were effective when asked to shoulder a full workload last season. Of course, the Denver offensive line has taken a big step back from last year, and the same may be true for Peyton Manning.

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    Report: Broncos featured back C.J. Anderson fine for Thursday

    Broncos featured back C.J. Anderson is set to start Thursday night against Kansas City despite his questionable status, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Anderson has experienced no setbacks in his recovery from ankle and toe issues, which gives an indication that he's good to go, though Troy Renck of the Denver Post has suggested that he might be less than 100 percent given the short week. The ailments and a lack of time to fully recover from them could result in more carries for Ronnie Hillman and make if difficult for Anderson to improve on his disappointing Week 1 production of 29 yards rushing and four catches for just 19 yards.

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    Broncos RB C.J. Anderson listed as questionable for Week 2

    Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle/toe) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. Anderson did not practice on Monday, but was able to participate on a limited basis on Tuesday and Wednesday. Troy Renck of the Denver Post indicates Anderson is expected to play Thursday, but his Week 2 status is still worth confirming leading up to Thursday's kickoff. In the event Anderson is limited (or even scratched for the contest), Ronnie Hillman would be in line to see added touches out of the Denver backfield.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Broncos' Kubiak says third-string RB Ronnie Hillman deserves more reps

    Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman is having a heck of a preseason. The fourth-year running back is averaging 7.5 yards per carry, as he has totaled 120 rushing yards on 16 carries through two games. Although he is still listed as third on the depth chart behind starter C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball, he received second-team reps Saturday against the Texans and is making a strong impression on coach Gary Kubiak. "He's moved himself up. He's had a really good camp," Kubiak said after Saturday's game, per the team's official website. "... He deserves more reps and if he keeps playing like that he'll continue to get some more." Hillman is coming off a Lisfranc injury in 2014, but after resting during the offseason, it appears the foot injury is no longer an issue. "They have to be cautious with it," Hillman said. "They did a good job on it, and now I'm healthy. I'm just trying to pick back up where I left before I got hurt. "In the spring, I started feeling a lot better, coming back and doing the football stuff and breaking the scar tissue. I started feeling a lot better."

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    C.J. Anderson enters offseason as Broncos top RB

    Broncos coach Gary Kubiak declared that C.J. Anderson was the team's starting running back entering OTAs. "He made a big jump as a player, and I think he's earned the right to walk in to the offseason program -- the OTAs -- and line up as our starter," Kubiak said, per DenverBroncos.com. "But he's got to continue to earn it on a daily basis. I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him." Anderson rushed for 849 yards and eight touchdowns last season, most coming late in the season, after Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman went down to injury. "All those guys are young. I think all three of those guys ... have all kind of had their little spurts of success with the club when they've had their opportunity," Kubiak said. "But they're all young. Who's going to be the bell cow, who's going to play every down, who's going to be the three-down player, they've got to sort that out. C.J. has shown the flashes of doing that."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Broncos RB Montee Ball vows to return 'ready to win the job'

    Broncos running back Montee Ball, limited to five games last season by a groin injury, promised he'll return "ready to win the job," reports ESPN.com. Ball was the starter entering the 2014 season, but in 2015 he'll likely vie for a backup role behind C.J. Anderson, who went to the Pro Bowl. Ball also must compete with Juwan Thompson and Ronnie Hillman in the crowded backfield. Ball was ineffective before getting hurt, averaging 3.1 yards per carry.