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Ronnie Hillman had everything he could have wanted right in front of him heading into the 2013 season—and he blew it.
Hillman was the leading candidate to start the season at running back, but his fumbling problems started in the preseason. That forced the coaching staff to question their decision.
In the season opener against Baltimore, he was given just four carries. The following week against the New York Giants, he had just one.
Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball eventually passed him on the depth chart, and when Hillman fumbled the ball in back-to-back games in October (he only lost one of them), he was out of the rotation.
Hillman was among the team's inactive players for most of the rest of the season and wasn't a factor in their postseason run.
Ball is clearly the featured back now and will get most of the work in 2014. But Hillman might not even be his backup.
C.J. Anderson is a tough runner, and undrafted rookie Kapri Bibbs led the nation in rushing touchdowns last season at Colorado State. Both players could easily leapfrog Hillman in the pecking order.
Hillman's days in Denver could be numbered.