Peyton Manning’s been around long enough to know that rosters are always going to change.
But he gave his blessing to one of the Broncos’ young players, who will have to carry a bigger share of the load next season.
Manning told reporters that second-year back Montee Ball was ready to replace the departed Knowshon Moreno.
“I thought Montee had a great year,” Manning said. “I thought he learned a lot in his first year. In my past, I’ve seen a lot of development in guys from their first year to their second year. There is no question with the loss of Knowshon—who was just nothing short of awesome for us this past year and was a great teammate—that Montee is going to have more responsibilities and I think he will answer that challenge.
“I think he has the work ethic, I think he has the mental capabilities to handle the workload and I look forward to having a full offseason with him. He didn’t have a full one last year because of being a rookie so I look forward to getting even closer with him as far as being on the same page.”
Ball got himself in the doghouse with early fumbles, but was able to return to a larger role in the playoffs. Earning the trust of Manning is not insignificant for him, and his future role.