With Montee Ball (appendectomy) resting through at least the first two preseason games, if not three, Ronnie Hillman took over as the team’s starter during the Broncos preseason opener; Hillman ran the ball six times for 15 yards and a touchdown, while pulling in one reception for five yards. CJ Anderson left the game with a concussion.
SMITTY: Ronnie Hillman just escaped a fumble on his touchdown run, as the ball came out as soon as he crossed the goal line (not a good start for Hillman even though it wasn’t ruled a fumble). Montee Ball could be back for the third preseason game, but even if he isn’t, he should have a decent shot at carrying the ball a couple times in the fourth contest. Even if he doesn’t do that, he remains locked into our top 5-10 running backs for 2014. If he suffers any kind of setback, we will surely adjust that expectation, but in that Denver attack, Ball is in for a huge, huge season. Checkout his Week 1 Power Ranking right here.