Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos to start Ronnie Hillman in first preseason game

Last year, the Denver Broncos discovered that Knowshon Moreno was actually really special and that rookie Montee Ball was going to be a big part of the offense as time went by.

But one wild card in the offense was running back Ronnie Hillman, who got a chance to prove himself but literally fumbled those chances away. Now that it’s a new season and Moreno’s absence has left a void to be filled, Hillman has another chance to redeem himself.

According to the Denver Post, Hillman is in line to start the preseason opener for the Broncos.

He was second at running back on the team’s first depth chart, and is in line to start Thursday’s preseason opener against Seattle with Ball out because of an emergency appendectomy Monday.

“You want to get better every year,” Hillman said. “You want to get out here; you want to improve. You never want to hit a plateau. So the better you get, the better chance you have of staying in this league longer.”

This is actually a huge step for Hillman as while he won’t be the starter outright, he has a chance to redeem his fumbling ways from last year and earn a prominent role in the Broncos offense. There’s no saying how things will go, but at the end of the day he’s going to get his chance to shine and that’s all Hillman may need.

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