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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Orton update


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN FRANCISCO -- My NFC West colleague Mike Sando and I traded info on the quarterbacks in question Saturday night.

I was watching the Raiders play San Francisco, led by embattled quarterback Alex Smith. Sando was in Seattle watching the Broncos and the struggling Kyle Orton play the Seahawks.

Below are Sando's thoughts on Orton as he tried to bounce back from a preseason opener in which he threw three interceptions on three straight series:

Though generally efficient, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton was a little careless in the red zone during one half of work against the Seahawks.

Seattle cornerback Ken Lucas dropped an end-zone pass from Orton on one drive, then picked off an ugly fourth-down pass in the end zone on another drive. Orton should have had a touchdown one play prior to the interception, but a wide-open Jabar Gaffney dropped the ball in the end zone.

Orton completed 17 of 24 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and a 92.1 rating in the first half, but the Broncos had only a 10-7 lead to show for a 209-97 advantage in yardage when Orton left the game.

Orton enjoyed good protection most of the time. The Seahawks did not sack him. This was a step forward from Orton's performance against the 49ers last week, but not an entirely satisfying one.

Thanks, Mr. Sando.

I will shoot back later Sunday with thoughts from both Denver and San Diego's preseason games Saturday night.