The Vikings signed running back Ronnie Hillman Wednesday to help a team that lost Adrian Peterson for perhaps the entire season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.
“I’ve been in the league five years, and I’ve seen a lot of stuff,” Hillman said. “I just came out here to help the team win and try to go to the Super Bowl.”
Jerick McKinnon will start at running back in Sunday’s game at Carolina, according to coach Mike Zimmer said, who also admitted he’s not familiar with Hillman.
“I don’t know anything about him other than he signed today,” Zimmer said. “We played him last year. I have no idea.”
Zimmer said he didn’t sign Hillman because of that long run against the Vikings a year ago.
“I mean the scouts looked at it,” Zimmer said. “I honestly didn’t have a lot of time to do a lot of running back evaluations yesterday.”
Hillman lost his roster spot with the Broncos to rookie Devontae Booker, a fourth-round draft pick.
He reportedly worked out for the San Diego Chargers before signing with the Vikings on Wednesday.
“I was going to get an opportunity somewhere,” Hillman said. “It was just a matter of where and when.”