Ronnie Hillman signed in Dallas in late July, where he'll attempt to make the roster as a backup behind Ezekiel Elliott. He appeared in eight games for the Chargers last year and had 41 carries for 131 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and seven catches for 93 yards. We don't expect him to have a prominent role on offense. Ignore Hillman in all leagues on Draft Day.
Hillman was officially cut by the Cowboys on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Given the Cowboys' depth at the running back position, it would have taken an impressive camp from Hillman for him to latch on with the team beyond the preseason. That didn't happen, so he's now free to find a job with another club.
Hillman had one carry for no gain and two catches for 15 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams. Hillman served as the No. 4 running back, playing much of the fourth quarter. He seems to be competing with Rod Smith for the third spot on the depth chart while Ezekiel Elliott is suspended. Smith also had a quiet night, gaining two yards on one carry and five yards on one reception. With Elliott appealing his suspension, there's no guarantee either Hillman or Smith makes the Week 1 roster.
Hillman gained five yards on six carries and didn't draw any targets in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against Arizona. In addition to the poor stat line, Hillman worked behind Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, suggesting the Cowboys' recent addition is a long shot to make the roster. While he still has more time to prove himself during camp and the preseason, Hillman seems to be No. 5 in the backfield pecking order right now.
The Cowboys brought Hillman in for a workout this week, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Along with Hillman, the Cowboys gave former Jaguars running back Denard Robinson a tryout too as it seems Dallas management is seriously bracing for the possibility of an Ezekiel Elliott suspension. A 2012 third-round pick of the Broncos, Hillman split time last season with the Chargers and Vikings, finishing the year with 131 rushing yards on 41 carries (3.19 YPC).
Hillman finished the season with 131 rushing yards and 93 receiving yards playing parts of the year with the Vikings and the Chargers. Hillman joined the Chargers late in the season and immediately became a factor following injuries to Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) and Kenneth Farrow (shoulder). While the journeyman running back likely doesn't factor into the organization's long-term plans given the emergence of Gordon, Hillman played well enough through the final few weeks to at least warrant interest from other teams during the offseason. There's even a possibility Hillman could return to the Chargers, given that both Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead are unrestricted free agents this offseason, but even a return to his current team would not necessarily guarantee fantasy relevance next year.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||Los Angeles Rams||28||25.00|
|5||10/08||Green Bay Packers||20||18.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|9||11/05||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|12||11/23||Los Angeles Chargers||8||12.00|
|14||12/10||@New York Giants||11||13.00|
|3 Year Avg||118||476||3||17||114||0||76|