July 25, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA;Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) and running back Montee Ball (38) and running back Lance Ball (35) during training camp at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos list Ronnie Hillman as starting running back on depth chart

Attempting to throw everybody a curveball, the Denver Broncos have listed Ronnie Hillman as the starting running back in their most recent depth chart.

Many have expected Montee Ball to claim the starting spot, but that hasn’t been the case as of yet as he’s listed behind Hillman.

That of course can change over the next few weeks, but for now, Hillman is listed on the first team.

Knowshon Moreno is listed as the third string back.

The listing of Hillman as a first stringer may have to do with more of an organizational philosophy than actual importance as only one rookie is listed as a starter on offense or defense, according to the Broncos website:

Sunday, a day after the club’s Summer Scrimmage, the Broncos released the first official depth chart of the preseason.

The team plays its first preseason game Thursday at San Francisco.

Of note in this initial depth chart is just one rookie is currently within the top two players at his position on defense — defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. On offense, five rookies or first-year players made the two-deep, including 2013 draft picks Montee Ball, Tavarres King and Vinston Painter. No rookies are currently slated as starters on either side of the ball.

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