Vikings sign Ronnie Hillman

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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.

33 responses to “Vikings sign Ronnie Hillman

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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    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?

  9. 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.

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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.
    )))))))))))))))))
    He had one run of 80 yards with Blanton and Hodges playing. If Kendricks was playing he is tackled for a 2 yard gain.

  14. Sep 21, 2016 4:07 PM
    Remember last year when Packer fans whined all year because they were missing Jordy Nelson?
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    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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