With an estimated 15 pounds of muscle added this offseason,
"Of course you hear [criticism]," Hillman said about being too small to handle the amount of reps a starting running back gets. "I'm not going to sit here and say I don't hear what they say, but you just got to let it go. Obviously, getting 22 carries in negative-13 degree weather against the Ravens (in the divisional playoffs), they shouldn't have much else to say about that if they're paying attention."
Hillman noted that he's actually younger than Ball and that the coaches would prefer he slim down 5-10 pounds. Perhaps the weight issue is because the team doesn't want him to trade his explosiveness for his bulk.
With Willis McGahee now gone after being released, the Broncos could start Ronnie Hillman in Week 1 with rookie Montee Ball eventually taking over the starter's role. The Colorado Springs Gazette predicts that Hillman is the starter for the season opener. Ball assumes the position by the end of September, and Knowshon Moreno remains a significant contributor in part because he's the most reliable pass-blocker and protecting quarterback Peyton Manning is priority No. 1.
|P1||8/8/13||@ SF||9:00 pm|
|P2||8/17/13||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/15/13||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|5||10/6/13||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|7||10/20/13||@ IND||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/10/13||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|12||11/24/13||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|13||12/1/13||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/22/13||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/29/13||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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