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Peyton Manning spending a lot of time with Montee Ball

Peyton Manning, Montee Ball AP

The top two rushers from 2012 haven’t been taking part in offseason work for the Broncos, leaving plenty for rookie Montee Ball to do as he transitions to the professional game.

He’s getting some help from a pretty experienced teammate. Quarterback Peyton Manning has been spending time after practices with Ball to work on various aspects of the offense and even made sure that Ball was in his foursome during a team golf outing this week. It’s all because Manning knows that Ball is in line for a big role on the offense.

“We’re just kind of going through plays, going through games, getting him comfortable hearing audibles at the line of scrimmage. Because we are going to count on him in a big way this year,” Manning said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “He’s a rookie, but coach [John] Fox isn’t going to bring him along slowly.”

Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno are both recovering from knee injuries suffered last season, but Ball could well remain ahead of them even if they show up to camp in perfect condition. McGahee is signed through 2014 and has a base salary of $2.5 million in 2013, which could make him expendable if Ball is able to pick things up quickly. Moreno is probably just about out of chances after years of injuries and ineffectiveness, which makes it all the easier to understand why Manning is doing all he can to get Ball up to speed right away.

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17 Responses to “Peyton Manning spending a lot of time with Montee Ball”
  1. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 31, 2013 9:03 AM

    Peyton Manning is a classless stat chase.

    Michael Vick is a better athlete than him anyway.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 48.

    Bet on it.

    WU TANG

  2. brohamma says: May 31, 2013 9:04 AM

    As a Patriots fan, you have to tip your hat to Peyton. The guy is A-team in all that he does. Making sure Ball was in his golfing foursome is just a little reflection of that. Understanding that the kid will likely be saving his hide from blitzers every game in the coming season is smart.

  3. thedoubleentandres says: May 31, 2013 9:15 AM

    I would slap my own momma to play golf with Peyton

  4. bspurloc says: May 31, 2013 9:46 AM

    now if I can just remember this when fantasy starts

  5. 49erstim says: May 31, 2013 9:48 AM

    THIS is where PM is most valuable. He is such a student of the game that he makes those around him better. He DEMANDS better. And he is given such leeway from coaches that he could faze you out of the offense if you aren’t performing up to level. Guys respond in kind and work hard.

  6. broncsfan72 says: May 31, 2013 10:00 AM

    I think knowshon is outta there. He’s had plenty of opportunities to prove himself. If Willis would HOLD ON TO THE BALL he’s great for our team. Monte Ball does hold on to it and will be the starter in no time.

  7. bobzilla1001 says: May 31, 2013 10:27 AM

    In other news, Big Ben Roethlisberger is spending his time after practices telling the media that all those gifted, young quarterbacks from last season are a mirage and that he is now the Steelers’ offensive coordinator…

  8. theothers09 says: May 31, 2013 11:39 AM

    Like him or not PM is a true leader of men

  9. Nickstixx says: May 31, 2013 12:37 PM

    Can’t wait to see Ball out there. It’s crazy because his measurables are almost EXACTLY what Terrell Davis’ were. If he can be anywhere close to what TD was, I would be very happy.
    I’m starting to wonder what team can beat the Broncos this year… Especially if they can establish a strong running game to go with the best receiving corps in the NFL.

  10. malvaren18 says: May 31, 2013 12:51 PM

    Go Broncos

  11. purplepride74 says: May 31, 2013 1:15 PM

    I hope treats them better than he did those United Way kids…

  12. larrydavid7000 says: May 31, 2013 2:02 PM

    mmmmmmm. maybe a fantasy draft pick to keep an eye on.

  13. larrydavid7000 says: May 31, 2013 2:07 PM

    @nikkstikk or whatever your call name is. You can not go back to the past. Plus Ball dose not have Shanahan coaching him. HELLO.!!!!!!

  14. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2013 3:03 PM

    People are starting to talk.

  15. therealbleedcoltsblue says: May 31, 2013 3:45 PM

    theothers09 says:May 31, 2013 11:39 AM

    Like him or not PM is a true leader of men

    ____________________________

    True, the problem is that he leads them more often than not to a disappointing playoff defeat.

    Besides, the more time Manning spends with Ball, the easier it will be to place the blame on him (like they did last year for Ronnie Hillman and Willis M) when the team ulitmately tanks when it matters.

  16. johnelwayismydad says: May 31, 2013 8:23 PM

    I foresee this young man breaking Alfred Morris’ rookie record for yardage. Bank on it!!!

  17. jasoncnz says: Jun 1, 2013 1:49 AM

    Are you guys coming down for Drew’s graduation?frrre

    Wow ‘realbleedcoltsblue’. After years of defending the guy, it sure didn’t take you long to switch bandwagons and start bashing him with the same bullscrap that Pats fans have been spewing for years.

    The real truth is that winning a Championship is about 70% skill and 30% luck, and PM has had crappy luck. SIX TIMES the guy had his team in the lead with less than 5 minutes to go only to watch the defense turn around and give it up(but I digress). Nobody can make an honest case that Brady was a better QB in his first 4 years than he has been over the last 4. But that 1st batch yielded 3 rings and the 2nd batch yielded ZERO! Ultimately, you’ve got to be good AND lucky, and Peyton just hasn’t gotten lucky.

    If his luck ever turns and he wins a couple more rings, then what? Will he all of a sudden be the ” Greatest of All Time” again? Will the losses be written off the way Brady’s loses are now? No! He will be the same QB then that he is now, just with better luck!

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