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Kyle Orton sharp, Brady Quinn enters as backup

Kyle Orton, John Fox AP

The top of the Broncos depth chart is clear.  Kyle Orton is the man in Denver, and his performance on Saturday night should make coach John Fox feel confident about his decision.

Orton completed 10-of-13 passes for 135 yards in two quarters of work against Buffalo.  His final two drives ended in touchdowns.  Another promising drive was done in by an illegal procedure penalty.  Orton made quick decisions and was very accurate on some tricky passes.

The rest of the Broncos quarterback depth chart is less clear.  Brady Quinn entered the game as the Broncos No. 2 quarterback ahead of Tim Tebow in the two minute drill and led Denver to the goal line. He was then picked off on a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage.    The halftime score was Broncos 14, Bills 3.

For the second straight week, Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee looked like a nice combination. McGahee scored twice.

Tebow will play in the fourth quarter.

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30 Responses to “Kyle Orton sharp, Brady Quinn enters as backup”
  1. stealthjunk says: Aug 20, 2011 10:22 PM

    Orton. Give the man an extension (and some respect wouldn’t hurt either)!

  2. trbowman says: Aug 20, 2011 10:26 PM

    Quinn has looked very sharp again.

    Int wasn’t on him.

  3. dizzle1016 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:30 PM

    Get the Broncos to the playoffs before we give you an extension.. I don’t think 2 preseason games in after going 3-10 last season warrants an extension. If so, give Colt McCoy the MVP already.

  4. buc13jcs says: Aug 20, 2011 10:31 PM

    Orton is the “Rodney Dangerfield” of the NFL, “No Respect!”

  5. trbowman says: Aug 20, 2011 10:33 PM

    Orton went from underrated to overrated.

    People only need look at his third down conversation rate and how he does in the red-zone.

  6. fleet10 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:33 PM

    I don’t remember all the facts exactly. But didn’t Grossman get hurt for like almost the whole year with Chicago, and Orton came in as a rookie and won 10 games and to the playoffs? Then Grossman was healthy so they started him and lost? Somethin’ like that? I know Chicago had great D that year, but please, 10 games as a rookie, and get pulled for the playoffs? What a joke. The guy can play football.

  7. thetooloftools says: Aug 20, 2011 10:38 PM

    How can God be #3 ?

  8. suckleague says: Aug 20, 2011 10:40 PM

    Orton can’t stay healthy, this conversation is far from over this season.

  9. cbass59 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:43 PM

    Does Denver realize TIM TEBOW is on their team?!?!!!

    Mark May is gonna be pissed!

  10. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:47 PM

    proposed Onion headline: “Tim Tebow Discovers He’s Been Right-Handed This Whole Time”

    quote from Tebow: “Imagine what I could have done in college if I would have figured this out!” as he throws perfect laser cannons with his right arm.

  11. quiettexan says: Aug 20, 2011 10:47 PM

    I don’t know much about Quinn but I always find myself hoping he succeeds somewhere.

  12. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:57 PM

    fleet10 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:33 PM

    I don’t remember all the facts exactly. But didn’t Grossman get hurt for like almost the whole year with Chicago, and Orton came in as a rookie and won 10 games and to the playoffs? Then Grossman was healthy so they started him and lost? Somethin’ like that? I know Chicago had great D that year, but please, 10 games as a rookie, and get pulled for the playoffs? What a joke. The guy can play football.

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    that’s pretty much it to a T. lost in the playoffs to the panthers that year, Grossman sucked (in fairness so did the defense, who gave up 200+ yards to Steve Smith).

  13. slickrick971 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:01 PM

    If Denver is set on Orton and hates Tebow that much that they’re going to put Quinn ahead of him, they should just try to trade Tebow to someone who wants him before it’s too late. Never understood why Orton had to fight for his job in the first place either…

  14. rethinklogic says: Aug 20, 2011 11:08 PM

    Most girl scouts could chew up the bills defense

  15. dizzle1016 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:17 PM

    I don’t remember all the facts exactly. But didn’t Grossman get hurt for like almost the whole year with Chicago, and Orton came in as a rookie and won 10 games and to the playoffs? Then Grossman was healthy so they started him and lost? Somethin’ like that? I know Chicago had great D that year, but please, 10 games as a rookie, and get pulled for the playoffs? What a joke. The guy can play football.

    Haha, something like that, except when Grossman played he won 13 games and took them to the Superbowl. Look at the stats Orton had that year they went to the playoffs. He had 1 game out of 10 that he threw for over 200 yards. He had a couple of games where he threw under 100 in a couple of wins. He was just a fill in, turn around hand the ball off.

  16. toiletking says: Aug 20, 2011 11:34 PM

    I don’t understand why Tebow isn’t starting. We’ve all been praying so hard.

  17. rajbais says: Aug 20, 2011 11:53 PM

    Way to go Kyle!!! Keep doing your thing!!!

  18. vegasbronco says: Aug 20, 2011 11:57 PM

    Not much has changed from yesterday. Orton then Quinn them Tebow.
    Problem: Tebow will make $7.6 m guaranteed in 2011. Logic says you can NOT have a 3rd stringer with that salary. Trade either Orton or Tebow.

  19. jmizzal says: Aug 20, 2011 11:59 PM

    I dont get it how do you play Tebow so little? He’s the guy who needs to prove he can be in NFL QB. He needs the real game reps, Quinn has had chances. What real NFL team would not give their first round pick QB from a year ago 2 passes in a preseason game? Rather you like the guy or not, we all know Tebow needs to in game reps to prove either he can play QB or not.

  20. foradenverbroncotouchdown says: Aug 21, 2011 12:04 AM

    liked what i saw from (sports authority field at) mile high. rahim moore with a LEGAL thrashing of donald jones, von miller with some unreal athleticism and orton/lloyd looking as good as ever. still a .500 squad but there’s a legit chance orange and blue will contend in the near future.

  21. conradantiestablishment says: Aug 21, 2011 12:13 AM

    We will have to see if Quinn chokes in the red zone and the 4th Quarter to see if he number 1 material

  22. polegojim says: Aug 21, 2011 12:36 AM

    Quinn looked great, heady, crisp.

    I have to eat some of my words, I’d put him #2 as well.

  23. tatum064 says: Aug 21, 2011 1:30 AM

    start shopping Brady Quinn.

    S.F. and Indianapolis are obvious locations

  24. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 21, 2011 1:54 AM

    Denver needs to trade Tebow. The guy has had success in limited time, but Elway and Fox obviously don’t support him. So trade him. I’d gladly take him on my Bengals. He’d certainly be better than Gradkowski or Jordan Palmer.

  25. foradenverbroncotouchdown says: Aug 21, 2011 3:18 AM

    @jmizzal

    well, the packers gave aaron rodgers a grand total of 59 passes his first three seasons and it worked out well for him didn’t it? the broncos don’t owe him a damn thing, john fox will make him earn it. mcdaniels drafted tebow and that midget’s in missouri

  26. seanb20124 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    Quinn is getting playing time so maybe a team will trade for him

  27. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:27 AM

    jmizzal says: Aug 20, 2011 11:59 PM

    I dont get it how do you play Tebow so little? He’s the guy who needs to prove he can be in NFL QB. He needs the real game reps, Quinn has had chances. What real NFL team would not give their first round pick QB from a year ago 2 passes in a preseason game? Rather you like the guy or not, we all know Tebow needs to in game reps to prove either he can play QB or not.

    ————————————————

    Fox didn’t draft him (neither did Elway), so he simply doesnt care as much. They see him practice everyday, and obviously don’t like what they see. Fox’s job is to win games as a coach, not to develop Tebow. If Tebow’s best role is to be buried on the bench, that’s what Fox has to do.

    Thats a bitter pill for Tebow’s disciples, but the kid just has no business playing right now. Maybe later, but come on. you know he’s terrible right now.

  28. mvlonergan says: Aug 21, 2011 10:05 AM

    Maybe I’m misreading the tone, but PFT has seemed somewhat surprised by Orton’s position at the top of the depth chart.

    After the top 9 or so QBs ( in no particular order, Brady, P. Manning, Rodgers, Brees, Rivers, Schaub, Flacco, Ryan, Roethlisberger), Orton is right there. He’s turned himself into the new Matt Hasselbeck, the kind of quietly efficient QB who can flash a pro bowl caliber season every now and then.

    He protects the ball better than E. Manning or Cutler, he’s not as prone to brain fart games as Vick, he has a more proven track record than Freeman, and he seems a bit less forced than Cassel (Cassel always looks like he’s … trying … so … dang … hard).

    Why anyone thought Tebow would usurp him as the starter is incomprehensible.

  29. oldhamletman says: Aug 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    good choice Dolphins!

  30. pugsley927 says: Aug 21, 2011 4:18 PM

    To those advising Denver to trade Tebow…….who you gonna trade him to?

    Dude has no talent and a huge contract.

    Cut him and be done with it. He sucks.

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