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.
Hillman nabbed three of six targets for 50 yards and added 41 yards on seven carries in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
Hillman did a bunch of damage on chunk plays on Sunday, three of his 10 touches going for 15 yards or more. The pint-sized speedster has floated around Minnesota and San Diego this season, but Sunday served as a reminder that he was talented enough to lead Denver in rushing last season. His future with the Chargers is likely tied to the future of his former offensive coordinator in Denver, San Diego head coach Mike McCoy.
With Melvin Gordon (knee/hip) ruled out, Hillman figures to get the start Sunday against the Chiefs.
Hillman has played sparingly since joining the Chargers, but the veteran running back will get plenty of opportunities Sunday with Gordon and Kenneth Farrow (shoulder) done for the season. While there's a chance the Chargers opt to use former Giants' running back Andre Williams as an early-down back, Hillman had been seeing time in passing downs already and appears to have a better grasp of the playbook, given that Williams had been toiling away on the Chargers' practice squad prior to his call-up this week. Against a mediocre Chiefs' run defense, Hillman figures to put up enough numbers for a desperate owner to justify using in a standard league.
With Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) day-to-dayand Kenneth Farrow (shoulder) on IR, Hillman could be in for an expanded role in Sunday's season finale against the Chiefs.
Hillman carried nine times for just six yards and did not catch a pass in Saturday's loss to the Browns, but if Gordon can't play Sunday, Hillman would be placed in a position where he could bounce back in some fashion in Week 17, simply based on necessity.
Hillman rushed nine times for six yards, and failed to haul in either of his two targets in Saturday's 20-17 loss to the Browns.
Hillman took the reins in the backfield for a while as Kenneth Farrow exited briefly due to a shoulder injury, and otherwise split snaps with the rookie throughout. His extra playing time with starter Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) out didn't amount to anything, though, as the journeyman running back managed a disastrous 0.7 yards per attempt against the league's second-worst run defense.
Hillman is expected to work in committee with Kenneth Farrow with Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) sidelined Saturday against the Browns, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Hillman gained 34 yards on his seven carries in Gordon's absence last weekend, nearly outperforming Farrow despite playing 28 fewer snaps. After Farrow also fumbled in his expanded role, Hillman should be even more involved Saturday, when facing a putrid Browns defense also bodes in his favor.
Hillman carried the ball seven times for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.
Hillman saw just 13 snaps on offense compared to Kenneth Farrow's 41, but the rookie running back failed to capitalize on the increased workload, picking up 39 yards on 15 carries. Adding to the rushing woes, Farrow's critical fumble late in the fourth quarter set up what would be the game-winning field goal for the Raiders, as the Chargers failed to score on their two ensuing drives. As a result, fantasy owners could see Hillman earn a few more carries if starting running back Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) misses another week, as the Chargers may opt to limit Farrow's exposure until he proves he can hold onto the ball.
With Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) ruled out for Week 5, Hillman will be active Sunday against the Raiders, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
There wasn't much doubt that Gordon would miss at least one game due to the strained hip and sprained knee suffered last Sunday in Carolina. Kenneth Farrow jumped right in and contributed 78 yards from scrimmage as the sole remaining running back last weekend, but Hillman will certainly handle a certain portion of the reps bestowed upon the Chargers' backfield. Unfortunately, Hillman's five-game sample from Minnesota earlier this season featured a 2.8 YPC, which doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the five-year pro.
Hillman could see snaps at running back if Melvin Gordon (hip) misses any time, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Hillman hasn't even been active since joining the Chargers via waivers near the end of November, but Gehlken suggests the 25-year-old could end up sharing the load with undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow if Gordon were to miss any time. While Farrow would presumably be the starter in the event Gordon is out, Hillman could still see his fair share of snaps, particularly in pass protection, as Farrow did allow a costly strip-sack in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Fantasy owners should keep their eyes peeled on any news coming out of San Diego in the coming days in regards to the running back core, as the situation should develop some more clarity based on how Gordon is feeling throughout the week.
Hillman (coach's decision) is inactive for the Chargers' Week 14 matchup with the Panthers.
Hillman has been inactive for the last three weeks, as coach Mike McCoy has elected to keep tailbacks Melvin Gordon and Kenneth Farrow and fullback Derek Watt as his only backfield options for those games. It may take another injury in order for Hillman to see some snaps.
Hillman (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 12 tilt versus the Texans, the team's official site reports.
Just signed off waivers on Tuesday for depth purposes, the veteran running back will take a seat for his first game in a Chargers uniform. Hillman could well be active in Week 13 once he's had much more of an opportunity to acclimate to the team's offense.
The Chargers claimed Hillman off waivers Tuesday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports.
After Dexter McCluster broke his forearm in a freak incident at his residence on Nov. 4, the offense was able to get by with Melvin Gordon powering the rushing attack in the Chargers' two games before a Week 11 bye. Upon reconvening this week, Hillman has been brought in to bolster the RB ranks but will contend with Kenneth Farrow for slotting behind Gordon. Notably, running backs not named Gordon have cobbled together just 6.8 touches per outing this season, so Hillman will be hard-pressed to make an impact on his third squad since the preseason kicked off.
The Vikings waived Hillman on Monday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.
In a backfield beset by injury this season, Hillman was unable to make inroads during his five-game stint with the Vikings, notching 18 carries for 50 yards and four receptions for 43 yards. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will continue to serve as the team's top two options at running back.
Hillman had two carries for nine yards and played just six snaps on offense in Sunday's win over Arizona.
Two games ago it looked like Hillman might get significant carries in Minnesota's running game, but he's had just six carries the past two games. He looks like a distant third option behind Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.
Hillman had four carries for two yards and played 13 snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to Washington.
After leading the Vikings in rushing the week before against the Lions, Hillman was the clear third running back with Jerick McKinnon getting six carries and Matt Asiata getting nine carries. However, both Asiata and McKinnon were largely inefective, so Hillman could still get a chance for a larger role.
Hillman carried seven times for 30 yards and caught his only target for a 32-yard gain in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Lions.
Hillman outgained Jerrick McKinnon (ankle) and Matt Asiata in what was a rather even three-way split of the backfield touches, and he provided the team's biggest play of the day when he took a screen pass deep into enemy territory. He set season-highs in touches and yardage and appears to have carved out a role for at least until McKinnon's ailing ankle has fully healed. Next week presents a favorable matchup against the Redskins, but Hillman seems doubtful to receive enough usage to truly make an impact from a fantasy perspective.