Aug 24, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off to running back Ronnie Hillman (21) during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos name Ronnie Hillman starting running back


The Denver Broncos have decided to start running back Ronnie Hillman over Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno. Montee Ball was listed as the number 2 running back on the depth chart with Knowshon Moreno listed as the third option.

“I would say that the group as a whole is about as good a group as you want,” Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase said of the running backs last Tuesday, via  denverbroncos.com. “We’ve pretty much said, ‘Hey, this is going to be a by committee-type backfield.’ We’ve never shied away from that and right now those three guys (Hillman, Ball and Moreno) have done a good job of handling the workload.”

There were reports that the Broncos were considering keeping as many as 5 running backs on their roster for the 2013 season, they did actually keep 5. Jacob Hester and C.J. Anderson are listed together at the number 4 spot of the depth chart.

While Hillman will be the primary back for the Broncos you can expect Ball to get the majority of the carries in goal-line situations with Moreno coming on in obvious passing downs.

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