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Ronnie Hillman working closely with Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos 3rd-round pick Ronnie Hillman has reportedly been working closely with Peyton Manning.

Manning has specifically been working on Hillman’s route running, a sign that he will play an integral role in the Broncos passing game, likely as a 3rd down target.

Hillman was one of the fastest players in this year’s draft class and definitely one of the most dangerous threats out of the backfield. He’s learning from one of the best, so we may see big things from Hillman if he’s earned Manning’s trust this preseason.

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Derek Wolfe competing for starting job

Denver Broncos rookie Derek Wolfe has been climbing the depth chart and has been receiving some playing time with the first-team defense, according to the Denver Post.

Wolfe primarily played tackle at Cincinnati, but has been lining up at end in the Broncos 4-3 defense. He would appear to be best suited as a run-stuffing end in their system, but managed to record two sacks in the Broncos preseason opener. While Elvis Dumervil has one starting spot locked up, the other end position is up for grabs, with Wolfe, Jason Hunter and potentially Robert Ayers all still in the mix.

Realistically, I would expect Wolfe to be used as part of the rotation, at least early in the season. Given the Broncos depth at the position, there’s no need to force Wolfe into a full-time role right from the start.

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