Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Broncos third-round pick RB Ronnie Hillman came “nowhere near the first team” during the team’s minicamp this week.
“A lot of it is based on what they know,” said head coach John Fox said. “This is the first time around. The second time through in camp, they will be abreast of what we’re doing.”
Fox has shown a tendency to go with veteran players over younger guys like Hillman, so it’s safe to assume that he’ll start off with a fairly limited role in the team’s offense, rather than being used as a compliment to presumed No. 1 running back Willis McGahee.
Klis adds that Denver’s most recent proposal would pay Prater a salary of $3 million per season, which would nearly make him the highest paid kicker in the league. So far, Prater has yet to report to the team’s mandatory minicamp. They’ll have until July 16 to come to some sort of agreement or Prater will have to sign his franchise tender of $2.64 million.
Weber’s main competition has been Caleb Hanie and rookie Brock Osweiler, so the fact that he’s at least spent one year in Mike McCoy‘s offense seems to have helped his chances of securing a position on the team’s roster. There’s no question that Osweiler will require more time and you could almost question whether Hanie has what it takes to be even a backup quarterback in the NFL.