Denver Broncos Coach John Fox made it official: Kyle Orton — the same Kyle Orton the team earnestly tried to trade when the lockout ended — will be the team’s starting quarterback in the regular-season opener Sept. 12.
“We've been working with him all camp, he's been with the ones,” wide receiver Eddie Royal said of Orton (via the Denver Post). “I guess there's not really any surprise to us. It's nice to know who is going to be back there throwing you the ball on Day 1. We all have had confidence in Kyle since Day 1, so no surprise to us.”
Fox wouldn’t name his No. 2 quarterback, so Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow can slug it out over the last two preseason games. Not that Fox has to choose. A new rule allows a team to have three quarterbacks active on game days.
On Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills, Orton completed 10-of-13 passes and had a 135.1 passer rating. “Every year I have better talent around me,” Orton said. “I'm not going to lie, that's the most important part about playing quarterback, is having good players around you.”