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The Lowdown: Ronnie Hillman Practicing Behind CJ Anderson & MyCole Pruitt Impresses on Thursday

Ronnie Hillman

From 9 News Denver:

“A development from the past three or four days is what’s happened at his top backup spot. Ronnie Hillman has taken some 1B reps ahead of Montee Ball. (Tailback is the one position where the backup works in with the first-team offense. Thus, the 1B distinction).”

Ronnie Hillman was a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, but has never had a solidified role in this offense. In 31 career games, Hillman has averaged 3.99 YPC and he’s got some pass catching ability with 43 receptions in his limited playing time.

NAMEruATTSruATTMSruEPruFPOEruFPOEPA
Ronnie Hillman2680.282117.9118.790.07
Montee Ball2020.323105.886.920.03

Hillman has been more efficient than Montee Ball with somewhat similar workloads. Ball has never really lived up to his first-round draft pick in the 2013 draft, although he only played five games in 2014, he averaged a mere 3.1 YPC before missing the rest of the season due to an appendectomy.

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I’m not really sure that it matters who is considered 1B in the Broncos backfield, unless CJ Anderson is ever sidelined with an injury. We already know Anderson can handle a full workload after he topped 20+ touches in five of the last six games, including three of those games receiving over 30 touches and Gary Kubiak has already stated that he wants to run this offense with a “bellcow” running back.  After months of believing that Anderson is wildly undervalued, it appears his ADP has finally started to climb.

MyCole Pruitt

From Rotoworld.com:

Vikings rookie TE MyCole Pruitt caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game against the Steelers.

A SPARQ freak out of SIU-Carbondale, Pruitt mixed in with the first-team offense in two-tight end sets across from Kyle Rudolph. Pruitt saved his best for a 34-yard touchdown over the top of Pittsburgh’s defense. Clearly ahead of Chase Ford on the depth chart, Pruitt is an intriguing prospect considering the injury history of Rudolph.

MyCole Pruitt was drafted in the fifth round of this years draft and Norv Turner was very high on him coming out of college.

“Norv was pretty adamant throughout the draft about, this is a guy that we’re really intrigued with,” Zimmer said of Turner and Pruitt. “He runs 4.5, has a chance to be a good tight end, and it’s really important for the tight ends in our offense, as you know. (Turner) had a lot of say on that one.”

Pruitt will likely be slotted in as the No. 2 tight end behind injury-riddled Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph hasn’t played a full season since 2012 and has failed to play more than 10 games the last two seasons. Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford are both in the final year of their contracts, so it would appear Pruitt was drafted with the intent of being an important piece of this offense. If anything were to happen to Rudolph this season, I think Pruitt should be picked up immediately in your leagues. James Todd pegged Pruitt as one of his five deeper sleepers for 2015.

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