"On this team, if you are playing, you are expected to contribute," Boothe said. "We have a good group of veterans. We follow their lead. They have been here for such a long time and shown what it takes to be successful. So you try to learn as much as you can from them and play at their level."
Boothe, who tore a pectoral muscle in the offseason and missed the first eight games, said the tight ends and running backs are just as important in helping protect Manning, while the receivers are also helping out by getting open quickly.