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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Tim Tebow outshines Kyle Orton in Denver Broncos preseason opener


Is it Tebow time yet? (Tony Gutierrez - AP)
It was bound to happen.

Following an offseason in which most expected Kyle Orton to be dealt as the Denver Broncos turned the reins over to golden boy Tim Tebow, the veteran Orton has been the clear top performer at training camp so far. To date, the biggest QB battle in camp has been between Tebow and Brady Quinn for the backup job.

Now, after Tebow’s solid performance in the Broncos’ preseason opener Thursday in Dallas, the Tebow supporters are once again clamoring for their guy to get a shot at the starting job.

Quarterback controversy!

Tebow completed six of seven passes for 91 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards while leading the Broncos on four first half drives. Orton was just 2-for-6 on the opening drive while Quinn went 8-for-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown.

For all of Tebow’s supporters, there remain plenty of critics — and their voices are loud enough that Tebow can’t help but notice. Still, the second-year signal-caller is remaining upbeat... because that’s what Tim Tebow does.

““I just have fun, you know, playing football. I love doing that, and so when I get an opportunity, just play. It feels good. And I love doing it, so you know I’m not really down, no.”

First-year Denver coach John Fox, who has the ultimate say on what Tebow’s role will be this season, seemed pleased with the quarterback’s effort which included a vintage Tebow improv sequence that is sure to be water cooler chat material Friday in Denver.

“Tim is a work in progress. He made some things happen and he is learning. The M.O. on him when I got here is that he does ad-lib some. You don’t ever want to take that away from a player. He is a young player that I think is going to get better in time.”

In other words, no, it’s not Tebow time, yet. But will that time come this season?

By  |  12:16 PM ET, 08/12/2011

 
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