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Peyton Manning confident young RB can fill gap left by Knowshon Moreno

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There have been plenty of new recruits in Denver this offseason, but also some pretty big exits.

Knowshon Moreno left the Broncos this free agency, the running back heading to Miami to link up with the Dolphins, leaving Peyton Manning looking for a new man to supply ahead of the new season.

But rather than urging the Broncos to add to their roster, the veteran QB is confident that former back up, Montee Ball, has the ability to step up to the starting role in 2014.

That is according to ESPN reporter Jeff Legwold who spoke to the 38-year-old Wednesday morning:

"Montee is going to have more responsibilities, and I think he will answer that challenge," said Manning.

The Broncos hierarchy would certainly be showing a lot of faith in a player with such little pro league experience, and some have voiced concerns that Ball could prove a weak link in an otherwise strong Denver offense.

But Ball himself is confident that he can step up to the plate if given the opportunity next campaign: 

"I do want to be a starter, and yeah, I want the football every time.

"I think I'm going to have a great offseason, and I'm going to have a better season next year for sure," he told the Denver Post.

And Manning's words will only boost the young player as he prepares for what could be a break out year.

He certainly has strong foundations from which to build from. Ball impressed when given the opportunity in his rookie year, rushing for 559 yards off 120 carries.

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