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Hillman shows Vikings he can be an offensive weapon

By Matthew Coller

Running back Ronnie Hillman didn’t feel like patting himself on the back after the Minnesota Vikings’ 22-16 loss to the Detroit Lions, but in the midst of the loss, the former Denver Broncos running back proved that he can be effective out of the backfield in Minnesota.

Hillman rushed seven times for 30 yards and caught a 32-yard pass out of the backfield that set the Vikings up inside the red zone.

“It felt good, to actually get in there and get a kind of rhythm,” Hillman said.

The 25-year-old from San Diego State rushed for 843 yards as a member of the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos last season but was let go by Denver and did not find a home until Adrian Peterson’s Week 2 injury opened up a running back spot.

A switch from Norv Turner to Pat Shurmur at offensive coordinator may prove beneficial for the versatile Hillman, who caught 24 passes from either Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler last year.

“I think all of us, Matt [Asiata], Jerick [McKinnon] and Zach [Line] can all catch out of the backfield, it’s just a matter of who’s in and the look we get,” he said.

It is still unclear if and when Peterson could return, which could put Hillman’s gig in jeopardy. The Vikings also worked out running back Jonas Gray, formally of the Patriots, Dolphins and Jaguars, this week.

But if Hillman keeps performing, he has a chance to force the Vikings into keeping him or put good things on tape for the next team that needs a mercinary running back.

The post Hillman shows Vikings he can be an offensive weapon appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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