Manning says Broncos counting on Ball

May, 31, 2013
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Montee Ball has Peyton Time after practice time.

After the Denver Broncos' OTA workouts, quarterback Peyton Manning has set aside time for himself and the rookie running back from Wisconsin to go over some things. The reason? Manning expects the second-round pick to be a big part of the Broncos’ offense this season.

It’s time to get Ball up to speed with the quarterback.

“I have taken Montee after practice each day and just kind of going through plays, going through games, getting him comfortable hearing audibles at the line of scrimmage,” Manning told reporters in Denver. “We are going to count on him in a big way this year. He’s a rookie, but Coach (John) Fox is not going to bring him along slowly. We are going to put him in there and make him a contributor this year. So, the more repetitions we can get out here talking football, talking scenarios, I think the more comfortable he’ll be once the regular season gets here.”

We already knew that the Broncos had plans for Ball. But after reading Manning’s comments, there is no doubt the Broncos plan to make Ball an immediate centerpiece in the ground game.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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