The Broncos unleashed an even three-headed running attack in last night’s game vs. the Raiders. Knowshon Moreno received 11 carries, Montee Ball had 12, and Ronnie Hillman toted it nine times. But, that’s not to say there was a method to the madness for the divided workload. After the game, Hillman went on record to clarify the root cause for determining who would carry the “rock.”
Early in the 4th quarter, Hillman appeared to score on a 19 yard run, but was ruled down at the 1-yard line. After the Broncos called a timeout, the three Denver running backs huddled around and decided to leave it to rock, paper, scissors for who would get the crack at a goal line TD. Hillman threw rock, whereas Moreno and Ball both put up scissors. Hillman took the ensuing 1-yard carry into the end zone and the rest was history.
The Broncos RB situation will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses, but don’t go pointing to Hillman’s 1-yard TD run as a sign of things to come in the Denver backfield.