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Montee Ball gets first-team snaps with Broncos

Montee Ball, Robert Steeples AP

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox insists he hasn’t lost faith in running back Ronnie Hillman after three fumbles in two games.

However, Fox’s decisions as to who gets first-team reps in practice may tell a different story.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, it was Montee Ball, not Hillman, that received the first-team carries for the Broncos in practice on Monday. Hillman meanwhile was relegated to the old school treatment of carrying a football around with him wherever he went.

Hillman fumbled twice, losing one, in the Broncos’ second preseason game in Seattle two weeks ago. He coughed up the ball again against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The fumble was returned for a touchdown by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree. Hillman had carried six times for 34 yards before losing the fumbling and finding a seat on the bench.

Hillman is a talented runner but constantly putting the ball on the turf will quickly outweigh the benefits of having him on the field. Perhaps Ball’s opportunity to run with the first-team will help drive home that point even more.

 

 

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15 Responses to “Montee Ball gets first-team snaps with Broncos”
  1. dolphindubs says: Aug 27, 2013 12:58 AM

    Dammit man! Get this starting RB situation settled so I can know who to zero in on in my upcoming fantasy draft

  2. nunezmc says: Aug 27, 2013 12:59 AM

    Thank God we’re not putting up with this any more… It was terrible to see McGahee go down with an injury last year, but it cut the fumble-in-crucial-moments factor out of our gameplan…

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 27, 2013 1:31 AM

    Meanwhile, Ball can’t catch or block and continues to run into the back of own linemen. Knowshon Moreno is going to emerge as the starter.

  4. jimmysee says: Aug 27, 2013 1:46 AM

    Montee Ball is a secret weapon.

  5. loyalraven says: Aug 27, 2013 2:33 AM

    The awesome feeling the Denver Donkey fans gave me when they collectively celebrated the win before the game was over…and then collectively deflated into silence as we forced our will on your city. Waa waa waa…. so close!! Had to suck watching the great Joe Flacco throw bombs all over your home field as he showed Payton Manning how to win a playoff game when everything’s on the line. Mmm good times. Thanks for doing your part donkey fans…the win wouldn’t have been as sweet without you!

  6. stealthjunk says: Aug 27, 2013 2:41 AM

    Everyone is so caught up in seeing what their new toy can do that they forget their old toy — Knowshon Moreno. He played very well at the end of last year and it wasn’t a coincidence that Baltimore started to come back in the playoff game right as soon as Moreno exited with an injury…or maybe I’m just biased because I picked him up on my fantasy team.

  7. joetoronto says: Aug 27, 2013 4:06 AM

    Just another Bronco bust.

  8. azwildcats96 says: Aug 27, 2013 4:59 AM

    If Moreno can stay healthy and avoid fumbles, he’s the best RB right now out of the three. He knows the protection schemes and he seems to be running better than the other two, for now.

  9. deathonwings410 says: Aug 27, 2013 6:47 AM

    Won’t matter on Sept. 5th, as their run game will be #Constipated.

  10. duece5 says: Aug 27, 2013 6:47 AM

    Demarco Murray is incensed with Hillman’s fumbling.

  11. adolsen22 says: Aug 27, 2013 7:02 AM

    It probably helps Montee’s cause that he rushed for over 5k yards in college and I believe only had 1 or 2 total fumbles, the first of which didn’t come until his Senior year.

  12. Schrammbo says: Aug 27, 2013 7:07 AM

    Timberland High School Represent!

  13. concord148 says: Aug 27, 2013 7:34 AM

    Come on Montee, please learn how to hold on to the football and stop being stupid. Signed: Miley Cyrus

  14. thedoubleentandres says: Aug 27, 2013 9:58 AM

    concord148 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 7:34 AM
    Come on Montee, please learn how to hold on to the football and stop being stupid. Signed: Miley Cyrus

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    please stop putting this unbelievably lame line in the comments section to every single article

  15. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 27, 2013 11:23 AM

    I loved Montee Ball on Let’s Make a Deal.

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