Denver's Orton fights to remain relevant

June, 12, 2010
6/12/10
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Kyle Orton has become the forgotten man in Denver.

It’s all about rookie quarterback Tim Tebow. When the attention temporarily moves from Tebow, the quarterback talk in Denver goes to Brady Quinn -- acquired from Cleveland in the offseason.

What about Orton? It is Orton, after all, who is entering the season with the best chance to be Denver’s starter.

He threw for more than 3,800 yards last year during his first season in Denver. Yet, it is clear the Broncos weren’t satisfied his performance or they wouldn’t have added two competitors. Orton is a free agent at the end of the 2010 season and will likely be playing elsewhere next year.

Still, he has been the most impressive quarterback in Denver during offseason workouts. Orton remains confident that the Broncos will remain his team.

“I’m just focused on myself and just keeping on playing the way I am,” Orton said. “I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and just really have more confidence right now than I’ve ever had … The way the entire offense has been playing gives me a lot of confidence. I’m giving the receivers a lot of chances to make plays and they’ve been doing it on a consistent basis. When the results are there, you just get a lot of confidence out of that.”

The following red zone statistic shows that that there’s plenty to like about Orton and that he is clearly equipped to be a starting NFL quarterback. As you can see, he’s in some pretty good company, starting with the terrific Philip Rivers in San Diego, when it comes to red zone prowess:

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