Denver Broncos have found their primary running back in Knowshon Moreno. They also have found quality backs to rotate in with second-year player Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball.
“All those guys are always ready to play each week, no question,’’ quarterback Peyton Manning said, via ESPN. “ … Whoever’s called on to be in there, we’re calling the same plays, we expect them to go in there and do their jobs … they have to.’’
Manning quizzes the younger running backs in practice to make sure they know they’re assignments on plays.
“We try to treat practice like a game,’’ Manning said. “Maybe you try not to help him out as much during practice as you would in a game to kind of find out … what you might need to help them with come game time. The test is kind of during the week in practice. Sunday is not a test. I’m not going to not tell you something, hoping that you get it right. That’s a hard way to find out he didn’t know it.’’
It all comes down to confidence though.
“[It’s] just having confidence in yourself,’’ Ball said. “Because you are playing against grown men, it is a different level than college. But it just comes with confidence, just doing your assignment, knowing what to do and playing fast.’’