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18 Kyle Orton QB
Height/Weight: 6-4/228 | Birthdate: 11/14/1982 | Birthplace: Altoona, IA, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Purdue | NFL Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 12/4
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Kyle Orton engineers late TD drive in Bills' Week 7 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton completed 31 of his 43 pass attempts for 283 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his team's 17-16 win over the Vikings in Week 7.

Orton put his team ahead early in the second quarter, tossing a beautiful 26-yard touchdown to Sammy Watkins early in the second quarter. He saved his best for the end of the game, getting the ball back down six points with a little more than three minutes left in the fourth quarter and engineering an 80-yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown to Watkins in the corner of the end zone with one second left on the clock.

Orton is 2-1 as the Bills' starter, and he's managed 890 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions during his three games. His next test comes on the road in Week 8 when the Bills square off with the Jets.


Bills QB Kyle Orton throws for two TDs in losing effort Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton threw for a pair of touchdowns Sunday against the Patriots. However, counterpart Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns, leading New England to a 37-22 win Week 6.

Orton completed 24 of 38 passes for 299 yards and one touchdown. He was able to tie the game at 7 in the second quarter with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods. His second touchdown pass came with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter. It was an 8-yard touchdown to Chris Hogan, which cut the deficit to 30-22.

Orton, who also lost a fumble Sunday, has passed for 607 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in two games since taking over as the team's starting quarterback. The Bills are back in action Week 7 vs. Minnesota.


Kyle Orton racks up 308 passing yards in Week 5 win vs. Lions


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton went 30 for 43 for 308 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his team's 17-14 comeback win over the Lions in Week 5.

Orton's interception had shades of deposed starter EJ Manuel, throwing a dangerous pass to a covered receiver in the flat that was picked off and returned 41 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bills behind 14-0 early in the second quarter. He then led the team to 17 unanswered points, including a fourth-quarter touchdown on a two-yard pass to an uncovered receiver off play action. It was a successful debut in the starting lineup for Orton despite the ugly pick. The 3-2 Bills host the Patriots in Week 6.


Lions could give Kyle Orton a rude welcome


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton won't exactly be getting the softest landing when he makes his first start in Week 5, with the Lions on the schedule.

Detroit's defense has done an excellent job against quarterbacks this season, allowing just 12.5 Fantasy points per game, the third-lowest mark in the league. Opposing passers have yet to register a multiple touchdown game against the Lions, with only Cam Newton notching better than 12 Fantasy points against them.

The Lions feature one of the league's best defensive lines, and have racked up 10 sacks through four games, good for fifth in the league. Fortunately, this should at least be one place where strength matches up against strength for the Bills, as they have allowed just six sacks in four games.

This won't be an easy way for Orton's time as the Bills' starter to begin, especially since the Lions also stop the run very well. He has some weapons around him, but Orton could struggle at first, and probably doesn't have much upside as a short-term Fantasy option. 


Bills to start Kyle Orton over EJ Manuel in Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters in his Monday press conference that the team will start Kyle Orton over EJ Manuel at quarterback for Week 5 at Detroit, per the team's official website.

After starting the season 0-2, Manuel and the Bills have dropped back-to-back games. Over that span, he compiled 463 passing yards with a 3-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He was sacked five times over that two-game stretch.

"It wasn't all EJ's fault. We just need more overall production from that position," Marrone said, via WGR Sportsradio 550.

After being released by the Cowboys in July and contemplating retirement, Orton signed with the Bills at the end of the preseason. It will be Orton's first start since Week 17 of last season.


Report: EJ Manuel, Ryan Fitzpatrick already on hot seat


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are already on the hot seat, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Bills and Texans won't be hesitant to turn to their backup quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Ryan Mallett, if Manuel and Fitzpatrick struggle.

Report: Doug Marrone didn't want to sign Kyle Orton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Bills head coach Doug Marrone was not a fan of the team signing quarterback Kyle Orton, according to Pro Football Talk.

Orton's signing did come at a strange time. With the preseason over, it looks like Orton was brought in to take playing time away from EJ Manuel if Manuel gets off to a slow start. Marrone reportedly got into a shouting match with team officials over the signing. There already appears to be some turmoil within the organization. That will only get worse if Manuel doesn't play to his potential the first few weeks of the season.


EJ Manuel not voted a team captain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was not among six captains voted by the team, another sign he might not be the longterm starter, reports NFL.com. After Manuel had an uneven preseason, Buffalo signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton to a two-year deal.

Manuel remains the starter, but if he continues to struggle, Orton will get his chance.


Bills sign Kyle Orton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Bills have signed quarterback Kyle Orton Friday.

Orton was released by the Cowboys in July, and was thought to be considering retirement. He started one game with Dallas last season. Orton has played for the Bears, Broncos, Chiefs and Cowboys over his career. 


Bears GM open to Kyle Orton reunion?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Bears general manager Phil Emery may be open to bringing back former quarterback Kyle Orton, according to an interview he had on ESPN Radio on Saturday.

Orton was released by the Cowboys in July. He spent his first four seasons in the league with Bears before he was traded to acquire current quarterback Jay Cutler in 2009.

"I have great respect for Kyle," Emery said. "When I was in Kansas City, we brought him in. That's the famous claim the Bears figured they would get (in 2011). We claimed him. He came in. He started against the Bears; got hurt first or second play. At the time in Kansas City, we won the game."

Cowboys release Kyle Orton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Cowboys informed quarterback Kyle Orton that he's being released. Orton was contemplating retirement but now he won't have to forfeit any of the $5 million signing bonus he received in 2012.

Dallas will move forward with Brandon Weeden as Tony Romo's backup.


Report: Kyle Orton skips physical


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton did not show up for his scheduled physical Monday ahead of this week's mandatory minicamp, reports ESPN.com. Orton, 32, has been wavering on whether to continue playing.

He's subject to a fine for missing the physical, and additional fines if he skips the three-day minicamp. Orton would have to repay $3.4 million of his signing bonus if he retires, the report said.

Coach Jason Garrett has said he expects Orton at the minicamp. Brandon Weeden figures to be Dallas' backup quarterback if Orton calls it quits.


Kyle Orton's status still unknown


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) The Cowboys are still unsure if quarterback Kyle Orton will show up for the mandatory minicamp June 17-19, reports ESPN.

Orton skipped the voluntary offseason program and organized team activities as he ponders his future about retirement. If he retires, he would have to re-pay the Cowboys $3 million of the $5 million signing bonus he received in 2011. If the Cowboys cut him, they would save $3.25 million against the 2014 cap, but he would count $2.25 million against the cap in 2015.

If Orton does not show up for the minicamp he would be subject to a fine of nearly $70,000. If he does show up, the Cowboys will monitor what type of shape he is in before putting him on the practice field.

Coach Jason Garrett reiterated that he anticipates Orton to take part in the minicamp, but he has not had any recent conversations with Orton. Garrett is not sure Orton has a copy of the playbook to understand the changes implemented by new playcaller Scott Linehan.

"We just have to work through it," Garrett said. "We'll have a minicamp next week that's mandatory, and we're hoping that Kyle Orton is here and part of it. He’s been a good football player for our team."


Report: Kyle Orton set to retire


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Kyle Orton has told the Cowboys he plans on retiring, NFL Network reports. However, the Cowboys told him they don't want him to retire because they still view him as a top backup. Additionally, the team will ask for his $3 million signing bonus back if he does follow through with his retirement. 

Orton has 83 touchdowns over a 75-game career that has lasted nine seasons.


Brandon Weeden provides insurance for Kyle Orton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) The Cowboys anticipate quarterback Kyle Orton participating in the mandatory June minicamp, but if he retires they'll move forward with Brandon Weeden as Tony Romo's backup, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"Well, that's the plan," quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. "That's one of the reasons we signed [Weeden]. We're still hopeful that Kyle will be here, but if he doesn't, we feel really good about Brandon, especially since he's going through our offseason program."


Kyle Orton still absent from Cowboys camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) As he reportedly mulls his future as a pro quarterback, Kyle Orton remains absent from Cowboys workouts. Per ESPN, he will be asked to attend the mandatory veteran minicamp in mid-June, but he could still pass on showing up and choose to retire. 

When asked if he was expecting Orton, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said "I don't know" but added that he did expect him in mid-June. 


Kyle Orton would owe Cowboys $3 million if he quits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton would owe the team $3 million if he retires, reports Pro Football Talk. Orton signed a five-year deal in 2012 that included a $5 million signing bonus. With three years left, he'd have to pay back $3 million.

Orton didn't show up for the team's voluntary minicamp last week. But Cowboys officials expect him to be there for mandatory workouts in June.

If Orton plays in 2014, he'll earn $3.25 million without having to pay back anything.


Cowboys seem clueless about Kyle Orton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) The Cowboys don't really know whether Kyle Orton will participate in the team's mandatory minicamp June 10-12, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "That's a good question," executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD Radio with a chuckle Monday.

Orton, who's reportedly considering retirement, was not at voluntary workouts last week. The Cowboys start OTAs on May 27.

"That's just a situation we'll have to work through," Jones said. "We expect when mandatory practices start and the mandatory things begin, we fully expect Kyle to be there."


Kyle Orton's no-show proves costly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton cost himself $75,000 by not showing up to the team's offseason program this week, reports ESPN.com. It's an indication of how seriously Orton is considering not playing in 2014, the report said.

Orton participated in the offseason program during his first two years with the Cowboys. To protect themselves in case Orton retires, the Cowboys signed former Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie this week.


Kyle Orton unaccounted for at Cowboys workouts


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) Backup quarterback Kyle Orton didn't show up for the start of the Cowboys' voluntary offseason workouts. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the team is hopeful Orton will show up eventually and was expecting him to return as of March. There has been speculation that he was considering retirement, and the team signed Brandon Weeden last month. 

Kyle Orton expected to return to Cowboys


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) After talking to Kyle Orton's agent, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he expects the 31-year-old quarterback to play in 2014, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Orton, who had considered retiring, is set to make $3.25 million in the final year of his contract.

Cowboys still waiting to hear from Kyle Orton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The Cowboys still don't know if quarterback Kyle Orton will play in 2014, reports ESPN.com. Owner Jerry Jones assumes Orton will play because he's scheduled to earn $3.25 million this season, but there's been no confirmation.

Jerry Jones believes Kyle Orton will play in 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) With talk swirling that backup quarterback Kyle Orton might retire, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he believes Orton will play this season, reports ESPN.com. Jones said he discussed the issue with Orton's agent, but not the quarterback himself.

Kyle Orton could decide to retire


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton could decide to retire, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Orton has one year left on his contract, but he has yet to commit to playing next season.

“No I don't know [that he is coming back]," team vice president Stephen Jones said. "But I haven't gone and asked him."


Kyle Orton comes off bench to throw for 358 yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Playing for the injured Tony Romo, Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton hit 30 of 46 throws for 358 yards in Week 17 vs. the Eagles. But Orton threw two big interceptions, including one in the final two minutes that ended Dallas' season.

Orton, who fell to 35-35 as a starter, smartly relied on Dez Bryant and Jason Witten to move the chains. He targeted them a combined 29 times. But he forced his final throw to Miles Austin, corner Brandon Boykin picking it off.

Orton found tight end Gavin Escobar for a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter. With just under four minutes left in the game, Orton zipped one over the middle to Bryant, who took it 32 yards for the score. That brought Dallas within 24-22. The two-point try failed when Orton's pass to Bryant was broken up.

Orton generally impressed in his first start since 2011. Assuming Romo comes back healthy, Orton will return to the bench as he remains under contract.