Kyle Orton QB BUF 10 Days
Although Orton has struggled in his last two outings - both Bills losses - the team is sticking with him for now. Said coach Doug Marrone on Monday, "Right now I'm sticking with Kyle (Orton), we'll go with who gives us the best chance to win."
After throwing nine touchdowns in his first four starts, Orton has fallen way off with just one touchdown over the last two outings and YPAs just of 5.40 and 4.95.The Bills are still in the playoff hunt at 5-5 - even though it's a long shot - but they absolutely can't afford a loss to the Jets this week, so they'll stick with Orton for at least one more contest. We might see EJ Manuel again this season, however, when and if the Bills are officially out of the chase.
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Orton, who completed 22-of-39 passes for only 193 yards, suffered a toe injury during Thursday's 22-9 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
The Buffalo offense had just two real possessions before halftime, largely because those two drives took a combined 15 minutes, 51 seconds. Orton was okay in the first half, when the Bills used a slew of short passes and their running game to keep the Miami pass rush at bay. Everything fell apart after Buffalo's second drive of the third quarter, as both Orton and the offensive line struggled terribly for the rest of the game. It's unclear how much blame Orton deserves for the safety he took on a questionable intentional ground call, but he was without doubt inaccurate on the few downfield throws he tried. He also missed some easier passes, and the Bills were complete unable to run in the second half. Orton's second straight poor performance will lead to questions about his job security, though it's only fair to point out that he was facing excellent defenses behind a poor offensive line both times. When asked after the game if he's thought about replacing Orton with C.J. Manuel, Bills head coach Doug Marrone said, "Right now that hasn't crossed my mind."
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Orton completed 29 of 48 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chiefs.
After throwing four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 8, Orton came back down to Earth against the league's top-ranked pass defense. He wasn't that bad overall, connecting with seven different receivers, but he wasn't great either in the 17-13 loss. Making matters worse, it doesn't get much easier in Week 11, as the Bills will face off against a Dolphins' defense ranked second in the league against the pass.
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Orton completed 10 of 17 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns Sunday against the Jets.
The Bills' defense forced six turnovers on the day, giving Orton a short field a number of times to lead the offense to touchdowns. He threw a 22-yard touchdown to Robert Woods and a one-yard score to Lee Smith in the first quarter, then a 12-yard touchdown pass to Scott Chandler and a 61-yard score to Sammy Watkins in the fourth, the last of which put the Bills up 43-17. It was a pretty remarkable output on only 17 pass attempts, as no receiver caught more than three passes. Orton's fine play will most likely take a significant decline his next time out, as the Bills head out on bye in Week 9 before facing the top-ranked Chiefs' pass defense in Week 10.
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Orton, who has thrown for 283 yards or better in his three starts for the Bills, faces a Jets defense this week that allows the second-highest opponent passer rating in football (108.3), BuffaloBills.com reports.
We're not going to pretend Orton will put up Philip Rivers/Tony Romo type numbers all season, but he's definitely given the Buffalo offense some life compared to what EJ Manuel was (or wasn't) doing earlier in the season. With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller out this week and then some, Orton may be forced to push the ball through the air a bit. We'll also note Scott Chandler has been better with Orton out there, and Chris Hogan is emerging as a viable No. 3 wideout. Again, you can't expect the world with a journeyman quarterback running an offense that's struggled and has a coordinator that still seems overmatched at times, but Orton seems like a decent bet to put up, say, 275 yards and a TD this week, if that helps you.
Kyle Orton QB BUF 1 Month
Orton completed 31-of-43 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and one lost fumble during Sunday's 17-16 win over the Vikings.
Orton connected with nine different receivers, but it was rookie Sammy Watkins who led the way, catching nine of 14 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone) both suffered injuries Sunday that are expected to keep them out for a number of weeks, which means the offensive load will fall more onto Orton's shoulders. Luckily for fantasy owners, the Bills will face off against a Jets defense in Week 8 that has struggled defending the pass this season.
Kyle Orton QB BUF 2 Months
Orton completed 24-of-38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw one interception and lost a fumble Sunday against the Patriots.
Orton threw passes to seven different receivers, though only five were able to record at least one catch. His touchdowns went to wideouts Robert Woods and Chris Hogan, who saw 16 combined targets thanks to Sammy Watkins (two catches on three targets for 27 yards) blanketed by Darrelle Revis all day and Mike Williams a healthy scratch. Orton is now averaging 303.5 passing yards per game over the last two weeks with a 3:2 TD:INT ratio. While he hasn't been great, he's certainly been good enough to keep the job over EJ Manuel, who started the first four games of the season before getting benched in favor of Orton.
Kyle Orton QB BUF 2 Months
Orton, in his first start since taking over for EJ Manuel, completed 30-of-43 passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Lions.
Orton struggled early, throwing a pick-six in the second quarter to fall behind 14-0, but the Bills' defense held the Lions scoreless after that and Orton did just enough to bring them back. He threw a two-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Chris Gragg with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game before moving the ball 20 yards on the final drive to set up Dan Carpenter's game-winning 58-yard field goal to move the Bills to 3-2. Orton connected with 10 different receivers, throwing 12 times to rookie wideout Sammy Watkins, who caught seven of them for 87 yards. Orton wasn't spectacular, but he surely did enough to keep the starting job for at least one more week. The downside: he'll have to face off against a Patriots defense that is ranked first in the league against the pass this season.
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Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.
Coach Doug Marrone will sit EJ Manuel and his scattershot arm on the bench for at least a week. We're sure the Bills aren't giving up on Manuel, but this is a team with an excellent running game and a good defense, and Marrone must want to see if Orton can give them a boost. Manuel hasn't been terrible, but he's become too reliant on the check-downs, has trouble in the red zone, and misses his mark too often. OK. so he's been kind of terrible. Orton has a pretty tough challenge ahead, facing a strong Lions defense in Detroit, but if performs decently the journeyman may just be able to hold onto the job for a bit.
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The Bills, who officially signed Orton on Saturday, have released backup quarterback Jeff Tuel.
Orton has yet to even take a snap with the team obviously, but for now he's the No. 2 guy behind EJ Manuel as the only backup left standing after the team released four quarterbacks this week. We'll see if they bring in another veteran off the scrap heap, though they could just roll with Manuel and Orton and put a young guy on the practice squad. All of a sudden, Orton is at least worth noting in deeper leagues given Manuel's injury struggles in 2013.