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Vikings sign Ronnie Hillman

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Running back Ronnie Hillman #23 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the preseaon NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 38-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The big news of the day for the Vikings is about the players who won’t be on the field for most or all of the rest of the season, but there’s also an addition to the roster to report.

The team announced on Wednesday that they have signed former Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman. Hillman’s arrival comes on the same day that they announced that Adrian Peterson will be having surgery on his torn meniscus and that there’s no timetable for a return to the lineup.

On top of that, the Vikings also placed left tackle Matt Kalil on injured reserve with a hip injury. He’s expected to miss the season and, of course, they know that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won’t play again in 2016.

Hillman led the Broncos with 863 rushing yards in the regular season last year, but C.J. Anderson returned to the lead back role as the year wound down and Denver added Devontae Booker in the fourth round of the draft. Hillman will join Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata as options in the backfield with Peterson out of the lineup.

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33 Responses to “Vikings sign Ronnie Hillman”
  1. lightninhopkins says: Sep 21, 2016 12:32 PM

    Ugh, the curse continues.

  2. minnesotablizzard says: Sep 21, 2016 12:34 PM

    So it’s officially the Bradford and Diggs show the rest of the year. Expecting to see a ton of shotgun formations and maybe it’s time to put Laquan Treadwell out there a little bit?

  3. brotzelj says: Sep 21, 2016 12:37 PM

    Next man up.. SKOL

  4. mnfaninil says: Sep 21, 2016 12:38 PM

    It’s time to open the offense up. The good news is we have been dunking and dunking since Norv got here, so they can still take time off the clock, but more pressure once again on the defense.

  5. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    Lazy can out-run this guy for sure. To the buffet table.

  6. bigdogsolec says: Sep 21, 2016 12:42 PM

    nice move , coulda ben worse ” ray rice “

  7. Mad Chef says: Sep 21, 2016 12:44 PM

    Purely a depth signing with significant NFL experience. I would have liked to have seen CJ Ham get a shot though.

  8. athwartships says: Sep 21, 2016 12:47 PM

    Kalil is a blow….sorry to see that. I just hope in the teams desperation to fill APs shoes, they don’t miss noticing in film study that the team showed a great deal of potential in the passing game with Bradford and should take full advantage of that.

    It has always bothered me that AP would put up huge numbers more or less carrying the team on his back and yet finish with terrible season records. Hoping some of these unfortunate events opens up Minnesota’s mind to more than a RB centric game plan.

  9. therealtrenches says: Sep 21, 2016 12:48 PM

    Hillman ran well for Denver last year. In fact, during the first half of the year, he ran better than CJ. This signing could yield results come season’s end if they work him in the right way.

  10. leevi98 says: Sep 21, 2016 12:56 PM

    Hillman will take over job soon

  11. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 21, 2016 1:02 PM

    Remember last year when Packer fans whined all year because they were missing Jordy Nelson?

  12. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 21, 2016 1:04 PM

    As far as depth running backs that are available go, Ronnie Hillman is really good. Smart move to pick him up before Jerrick McKinnon suffers his season-ending injury.

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 21, 2016 1:13 PM

    He gashed the Vikings when they played Denver last year. I guess they still remember it.

  14. captainwhodat says: Sep 21, 2016 1:17 PM

    …there’s a reason he wasn’t on anyone’s roster…

  15. bettis3636 says: Sep 21, 2016 1:19 PM

    ANDDDDD all your Ray Rice stories continue to ONLY be stories!!!

  16. hairbyannifayejones says: Sep 21, 2016 1:20 PM

    Funny thing is, as bad as all the major losses look, the Vikes may have actually upgrade this year with the changes. Teams were gonna load the box all year against AP. As we saw in the first two games, he was rather ineffective, besides teams putting their focus on him. The run man finally open up a bit for the Vikes. Second, while Teddy was showing some upside, he still had not proved he could throw the deep ball. SB has already proven he can throw it. I’m not saying AP was gonna be a bust this year, but his production was going to slow down. Age catches up to everyone. I think that now the Vikes will have a more balanced attack on offence.

  17. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 21, 2016 1:21 PM

    Kalil is a blow but he was never the player he was advertised as coming out of college and nowhere near as good as Ryan.

    As a Bears fan I thought the Vikings are a very solid team and think McKinnon can step in and hold the fort for AP.

    If Bradford can play solid,mistake free football they should be in the Playoffs.

  18. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 21, 2016 1:35 PM

    Vikes are probably a better team for it. 1-2 punch w/ McKinnon and Asiata.

    If you smell a delicious smell coming off of their cleats that’s a little bit of Shake, & Bake. That just happened.

  19. jimnsota says: Sep 21, 2016 1:41 PM

    Pretty sure AP and Kalil have both played their last games as Vikings. I would have been disappointed with either one of them back next season at the amounts their contracts would have paid.
    Bring on the youth and use the money wisely in free agency.

  20. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 21, 2016 1:42 PM

    In the playoffs last year, Hillman had 32 carries for 54 yards, so he should be able to provide similar statistics to what Peterson was giving them.

  21. whodatnhollywood says: Sep 21, 2016 1:50 PM

    Great pickup. Hillman is a really good back and should do very well with the Vikes. The Rams should have brought him back home to LA.

  22. therealtrenches says: Sep 21, 2016 3:11 PM

    chicagosportsfan11 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 1:21 PM

    If Bradford can play solid,mistake free football they should be in the Playoffs.

    —————–

    That’s a BIG if.

  23. asgrimsnorrison says: Sep 21, 2016 4:01 PM

    Hillman played well vs vikings last year, had a long TD.

  24. pkrlvr says: Sep 21, 2016 4:07 PM

    Remember last year when Packer fans whined all year because they were missing Jordy Nelson?
    ——-
    Except that Nelson was actually productive before he got hurt…

  25. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:24 PM

    therealtrenches says:
    Sep 21, 2016 3:11 PM
    chicagosportsfan11 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 1:21 PM

    If Bradford can play solid,mistake free football they should be in the Playoffs.

    —————–

    That’s a BIG if.

    ________

    Why, because he did EXACTLY that with only 2 weeks to prep?

    Or are you just saying it’s “a BIG if” because the Packers defense actually blows more than advertised?

  26. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 21, 2016 4:29 PM

    jimnsota says:
    Sep 21, 2016 1:41 PM
    Pretty sure AP and Kalil have both played their last games as Vikings. I would have been disappointed with either one of them back next season at the amounts their contracts would have paid.
    Bring on the youth and use the money wisely in free agency.

    ——-

    Vikes will have plenty of money to play with in free agency. In fact, they’ll probably have to go back to their ways of overpaying average players just to reach the minimum salary cap floor.

  27. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 21, 2016 6:21 PM

    TJ Clemmings will take over the Left Tackle job, he filled in for Loadholdt last year and did OK. Look for Minnesota to
    either pick a practice squad member from another team
    or Trade for another Left Tackle. The really Good thing about this team is Rick has done a remarkable job in trading for extra picks the past 4 years so the team is stacked with talent. The OL is about the only area where
    it is a little thin but we will be fine.
    AP will be replaced by McKinnon, With teams learning a valuable lesson on Bradford (at the Packers expense)
    Defenses will be dropping back more players which will open up the running game.
    The Vikings Team Dynamics have flipped 180 from a run first clock eating offense to a deep threat and score from anywhere team. Bradford had his best day EVER as a Pro
    Sunday night, it is going to be very hard to turn the team back over to Bridgewater if Sam keeps this up.

  28. Ugadogs21 says: Sep 21, 2016 9:58 PM

    Good for him. San Diego State Aztec players have done well as Vikings.

  29. zygizag says: Sep 21, 2016 11:02 PM

    Carolina is probably the best D 7 the Vikes will face all regular season. They just need to get out of here alive. 3rd and long screen, draw, heck even punt. I would rather be 2-1 with a healthy Bradford, than 3-0 and Sam B out for the year.

  30. zygizag says: Sep 21, 2016 11:04 PM

    I was hoping they would let Hamm be the 3rd RB. He looked good in preseason. I know preseason, but still and he knows the offense.

  31. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:03 AM

    Hillman is good but he fumbles

  32. fmc651 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:20 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 21, 2016 1:13 PM
    He gashed the Vikings when they played Denver last year. I guess they still remember it.
    )))))))))))))))))
    He had one run of 80 yards with Blanton and Hodges playing. If Kendricks was playing he is tackled for a 2 yard gain.

  33. josephec says: Sep 22, 2016 10:16 PM

    Sep 21, 2016 4:07 PM
    Remember last year when Packer fans whined all year because they were missing Jordy Nelson?
    ——-
    Except that Nelson was actually productive before he got hurt…

    For those of us who actually understand actual football ( as opposed to fanball), drawing 8-11 guys up to the box consistently IS “productive” regardless of lack of yardage.
    It worked against the fading Packers, anyway.

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