CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Ronnie Hillman admitted his last two preseason games were audition tapes. He faced a difficult challenge to beat out Kapri Bibbs given Hillman's lacking special teams resume. Hillman sees himself as a starting running back.
As of Wednesday, he might receive that opportunity again. Following a knee injury to Adrian Peterson, the Vikings signed Hillman.
Peterson told ESPN he suffered a torn meniscus in his knee in last Sunday's loss. He will undergo surgery which could sideline him for the bulk of the season. The Vikings moved quickly to sign Hillman, who had previously worked out for the San Diego Chargers after Danny Woodhead suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Hillman led the Broncos with 863 rushing yards and seven touchdowns last season. However, he lost traction in the playoffs, and lost his starting job to C.J. Anderson. In a mild surprise, the Broncos re-signed Hillman as a free agent. But it was to protect themselves from reaching in the draft. Once Utah's Devontae Booker fell to them in the fourth round, the Broncos recognized Hillman might not make the roster. Bibbs eclipsed him because of his versatility.
Hillman gained 88 yards on 14 carries in the preseason.