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Ronnie Hillman in tight battle to stay in Broncos' backfield

Ronnie Hillman is facing serious competition to keep a spot in the Broncos' backfield. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Running back Ronnie Hillman is facing a battle to retain his roster spot with the Denver Broncos.

Hillman, who has appeared in 48 games with 14 starts since being drafted by the Broncos in the third round out of San Diego State in 2012, is getting competition from rookie Devontae Booker and third-year pro Kapri Bibbs for the right to back up starter C.J. Anderson.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Hillman would see plenty of action in Saturday’s exhibition against the San Francisco 49ers as part of the ongoing evaluation process.

“Ronnie is in a battle, a helluva battle with Kapri and Book right now,” Kubiak said. “There’s no way around that. I’m just being honest with you.

"Special teams are going to be real important. Ronnie is going to play a lot this week, and he’s going to have to play some special teams, so it’s a very competitive situation right now.”

Hillman ran for 863 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He also had 24 catches for 111 yards.