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Kyle Orton | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: Purdue
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Kyle Orton completed 31-of-43 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Vikings.
Orton led the Bills to a fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a two-yard touchdown to Sammy Watkins on the final play. Both of his touchdowns went to Watkins, who he targeted a team-high 14 times. Orton still struggled for most of the game before pulling out the win, losing a fumble and taking six sacks. He'll remain a low-end QB2 in Week 8 against the Jets. Oct 19 - 4:25 PM

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Kyle Orton completed 24-of-38 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Patriots.

Orton has looked better than E.J. Manuel the last two weeks, but he's playing barely above replacement level. He was sacked five times by the Patriots, lost a fumble, and threw an interception directly to LB Jamie Collins in the second quarter. Orton hit Robert Woods on a crossing route for his first touchdown, with his second coming on an eight-yard pass to Chris Hogan. With Sammy Watkins getting shut down by Darrelle Revis, he was forced to target Scott Chandler and Robert Woods 19 times. Orton will have a more favorable matchup in Week 7, where he'll be a low-end QB2 against the Vikings.
Oct 12 - 4:58 PM

Kyle Orton completed 30-of-43 passes for 308 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday's Week 5 win over the Lions.

Orton had a disastrous start, with two delay of game penalties on the first three drives. He threw a pick-six to Lions CB Rashean Mathis on his fourth drive, but was able to avert further disaster. Orton targeted Sammy Watkins a team-high 12 times. His highlight was a 42-yard pass to Marquise Goodwin that set up a touchdown to backup TE Chris Gragg. Orton led the Bills to a fourth-quarter comeback on a three-play, 20-yard drive with 21-seconds remaining, allowing Dan Carpenter to hit a game-winning 58-yard field goal. Orton will be a low-end QB2 in Week 6 against the Patriots.
Oct 5 - 4:50 PM

Kyle Orton has been named the Bills' new starting quarterback, replacing E.J. Manuel.

The writing has been on the wall since the Bills lured Orton out of "retirement" with a two-year, $11 million deal in August. Going on 32, Orton is no one's idea of a star, but has moved offenses for the Cowboys, Chiefs, Broncos and Bears, and won't be asked to reinvent the wheel under center for the Bills. He'll be the caretaker for a run-heavy system, managing games and relentlessly targeting first-rounder Sammy Watkins. Orton will have streamer appeal as a QB2, but is an overall bottom-five fantasy option.
Sep 29 - 3:37 PM

A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that coach Doug Marrone's frustration with the Bills' front office stems from their decision to sign Kyle Orton.

Marrone believes the Orton signing, so close to the season, may "shake E.J. Manuel's already fragile confidence." Marrone's feelings are not without merit, but the front office is trying to maintain job security, and clearly feels Orton was a superior backup option to Jeff Tuel. Although the up-top friction with the Bills can't possibly bode well, Manuel remains their biggest problem.
Sep 5 - 3:40 PM

Kyle Orton's deal with the Bills is for two years and $11 million.

It includes a $3 million signing bonus, while the second year is voidable. It's a huge chunk of change for a "backup," one that suggests the Bills fully expect Orton to make starts this season. E.J. Manuel is going to have to show something in September to keep his starting gig. If/when Orton takes over, he'll be asked to manage games as the Bills employ one of the league's run-heaviest offenses.
Sep 2 - 4:15 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports new Bills QB Kyle Orton will make $5 million this season.

As ex-Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling points out, that's as much as Josh McCown is making for the Bucs. The Bills have clearly lost faith in E.J. Manuel, and appear ready to turn to Orton at a moment's notice. Manuel will keep his job to begin the season as Orton gets up to speed on the playbook, but has no room for error. With the Bills hoping to field one of the league's run-heaviest offenses, Orton will be a bottom-barrel QB2 if/when he gets the call to replace Manuel.
Aug 30 - 7:27 PM

Bills signed QB Kyle Orton to a one-year contract.

Orton, 31, made one start for the Cowboys last season in an NFC East win-or-go-home tilt with the Eagles. He scattered check down after check down amongst 46 pass attempts, completing 30 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Orton was on the verge of retirement before the Bills lured him back into the league, but it's fair to wonder if he eventually becomes a better option than E.J. Manuel. For now, Orton will push Jeff Tuel for the backup job.
Aug 29 - 10:22 PM

The Chicago Tribune expects free agent QB Kyle Orton to retire.

Reports have been back-and-forth on Orton, and he's probably not worth the air time he's getting. Bears beat writer Brad Biggs would expect multiple teams to be interested in Orton. If he plays, he'll likely wait until the season.
Aug 4 - 6:15 PM

Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer.
Jul 23 - 6:33 PM

Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Orton is expected to retire. The move is actually a favor from the Cowboys, as Orton can now keep the entirety of the $5 million signing bonus he received in March 2012. It leaves Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback, an obviously undesirable situation. Orton made one start in his two years in Dallas, nearly guiding the Cowboys to a playoff berth last Week 17. If Orton follows through on retiring, he'll be doing so at a young age for a quarterback, as his 32nd birthday isn't until November.
Jul 15 - 5:24 PM

The Cowboys expect Kyle Orton to show up at training camp.

Orton was a no-show for mandatory minicamp, resulting in over $80,000 in fines. He wants the Cowboys to release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his signing bonus, but Dallas has refused to let him out of his contract. If Orton doesn't retire, it's possible he'll end up a weekly inactive as the third quarterback. Orton can be fined $30,000 per day for skipping training camp.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 4 - 8:03 PM

Kyle Orton was a no-show for the first day of Cowboys mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

Orton faces over $80,000 in fines should he not attend the three-day work week. He clearly wants to retire, but prefers the Cowboys release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus. Brandon Weeden is expected to handle all the first-team reps while Orton skips and Tony Romo takes it easy after back-to-back offseason back surgeries.
Jun 17 - 10:01 AM

Kyle Orton was a no-show for the Cowboys' pre-minicamp physical on Monday.

Orton can be fined $10,930 for skipping the physical, and $69,455 more for missing all three days of minicamp. Orton, 31, wants to retire, and is likely hoping the Cowboys release him. Then, he wouldn't have to pay any fines.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 16 - 4:18 PM

The Cowboys are "hoping" Kyle Orton reports for next week's mandatory minicamp.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in May that Orton had informed the Cowboys he plans to retire, but either they haven't gotten the memo, or Orton is still mulling his future. Orton will be forced to pay back $3 million of his $5 million 2012 signing bonus if he decides to hang up his cleats.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 10 - 5:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kyle Orton
2E.J. Manuel
RB1Fred Jackson
2Anthony Dixon
3Bryce Brown
4Phillip Tanner
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Anthony Dixon
3RB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
FB1Frank Summers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3Marcus Easley
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Chris Gragg
3Lee Smith
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay