Kyle Orton is the latest addition to the Bills depth chart after roster cuts, which include recently signed quarterback Jordan Palmer. Orton joins the Bills after spending the off season as a free agent. Last season Orton served as Tony Romo’s backup in Dallas. Orton started the Cowboy’s final game against Philadelphia, throwing for over 300 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the losing effort.
Orton entered the NFL in 2005 with the Chicago Bears, where he started 15 games in his rookie season. Chicago finished the regular season with an 11-5 record, but replaced Orton in the post-season with Rex Grossman. Orton was also notorious for losing the starting quarterback job in Denver to former NFL “quarterback” Tim Tebow.
Although it would seem silly to think that Bills general manager, Doug Whaley, brought Orton in to challenge current starter E.J. Maneul. It is likely that Orton may have been brought in as a mentor, just as it was speculated with Jordon Palmer. When you look at Orton’s stats, they don’t sparkle, but Orton has been in winning environments. Orton was a starter for the majority of his college career with Purdue, where he was the only quarterback in school history to start 4 bowl games.
With Buffalo’s poor performances at quarterback in pre-season, bringing in Orton in can’t hurt. Manuel, Jeff Tuel, and Thad Lewis combined for 6 interceptions with only 3 touchdowns. While Manuel showed his arm strength, he also looked horribly inaccurate. Will Orton be the teammate and mentor that E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel need? Let’s just say the quarterback struggles in Buffalo can’t get much worse.