Pats plan for tall WRs with Orton move?

December, 31, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots filled the final spot on their practice squad Tuesday by announcing the signing of receiver Greg Orton, a move that might have been made with playoff preparations in mind.

At 6-foot-3, Orton gives the Patriots a taller target on the scout team. In the divisional round of the playoffs, two of the Patriots' three potential opponents have talented taller receivers at the top of their depth chart -- Cincinnati's A.J. Green (6-4) and Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe (6-2). The other potential opponent, Indianapolis, has 6-3 rookie Da'Rick Rogers.

Signing Orton gives the Patriots' defensive backs a more accurate practice look at what they could be going up against.

The 27-year-old Orton spent part of 2011 and all of 2012 on the Broncos' practice squad. After playing in college at Purdue, he originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Bengals in 2009.

Orton had stints with the Arena Football League's Spokane Shock and the United Football League's Omaha Knights before joining Denver's practice squad. He went to training camp with the Broncos this past summer.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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