It was just a matter of hours ago that it was widely assumed that Kyle Orton was going to be playing quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and while that still could happen, the Denver Broncos could be preparing him to be their starting quarterback.
“I expect to be here. I expect to be the starter here and go out there and play the best football of my career,” said Orton following today’s practice.
“Orton was his usual polished self, always knowing which of the receivers was open, and hitting them with precision,” Klis writes. “The Orton-Brandon Lloyd connections down the field picked up where they left off in 2010.”
“Tebow got just as many reps, but was a tick slower in reading how the play developed and his passes weren’t nearly as precise.”
Klis adds that even though it was just the teams first practice of the season, Tebow could actually find himself behind Brady Quinn on the Broncos depth chart.
“True, one workout does not a competition make,” Klis writes. “And it’s probably not fair to compare Orton, who has been a four-season starter in the NFL, to Tebow, who has started just three games.”
“It’s just that if Orton isn’t traded to the Miami Dolphins or any other team in coming weeks, it would be shocking if he’s not the Broncos’ starting quarterback in their regular-season opener Sept. 12.”
The Broncos don’t have to get rid of Orton if they feel that they’re not receiving reasonable value for him. Throughout his career Orton has proved doubters wrong. He wins games and has improved his ability to move the ball through the air thanks in part to the presence of Brandon Lloyd. Orton doesn’t make them Super Bowl contenders but he gives them their best shot at winning now.