June 11, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) during mini camp drills at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Knowshon Moreno to see increased touches in Denver Broncos backfield?

While Knowshon Moreno wasn’t expected to win the Denver Broncos starting running back job when preseason opened, continued errors by Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman have apparently opened the door.

The Broncos have not officially stated that Moreno could win the starting job, though, Arnie Melendrez Stapleton of the AP has hinted Moreno could see a solid increase in work load if both Ball and Hillman continue to struggle.

Per the AP:

But to get those four on the field, they’ll need a running back that can pick up the blitz so they don’t have to send in another blocking tight end to replace one of Manning’s targets.

That’s where fifth-year veteran Knowshon Moreno might come in.

Gase said Moreno has taken on some of the veteran leadership duties that McGahee used to provide.

“He’s done a good job of helping the younger guys,” Gase said. “I would say his ability in pass protection to explain some things, when we get out on the field, he’s seen more than the two young guys. And he does a good job of explaining those things. He can communicate with them really well.”

He also can lead by example, and although he looks like an insurance policy right now as the third-string running back, he could very well end up getting significant snaps if Hillman and Ball continue to make mistakes.

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