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QB Kyle Orton - Buffalo Bills

6-4, 220Born: 11-14-1982College: PurdueDrafted: Round 4

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5 at DET 30 43 308 1 1 1 0 0 0
6 vs NE 24 38 299 2 1 0 0 0 1
7 vs MIN 31 43 283 2 1 1 -1 0 1
8 at NYJ 10 17 238 4 0 2 6 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NE (24 / 38 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

While Kyle Orton certainly had his moments on Sunday as he threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, the veteran quarterback was unable to overcome his two first half turnovers and taking five sacks. Orton's first touchdown went to Robert Woods as the two connected on an easy pitch and catch from the seven-yard line. Woods was able to get Alfonzo Dennard turned around as he faked the corner before cutting back inside for the easy touchdown. Another short throw, Orton's second touchdown ramped up the difficulty as he connected with Chris Hogan from eight yards out. Hogan did a nice job to beat his coverage to the outside on the out route, but the real trouble came from Logan Ryan who had broken off his coverage on the outside and sat underneath the route. Orton put the perfect amount of loft on the throw to just barely clear Ryan's outstretched fingertips and allow Hogan to make the sliding touchdown catch. Just prior to the Hogan touchdown, Orton showed pretty touch on another throw as he connected with Woods on fourth down for 35 yards. A perfect play design for the coverage, Woods was able to create some space before turning up field and Orton did a nice job putting just enough touch on the throw so his receiver wasn't hung out to dry by the safety coverage over the top. Unlike EJ Manuel, Orton frequently attacked, and found much success doing so, the middle of the field too as Scott Chandler and Hogan both had plays down the seam for 20+ yards. Orton's first turnover, an interception, was exclusively his fault as he got caught staring his receiver down over the middle of the field and Jamie Collins only had to follow Orton's eyes for the interception. Very much a problem all day, Orton's inability to get rid of the ball in a timely manner led directly to his second turnover as he fumbled after a hit from Chandler Jones. Orton never sensed the blindside pressure from the defensive end and Jones was able to both knock the ball out of Orton's hands and recover the loose ball. Not just an issue on the fumble, but holding the ball too long was something Orton struggled with all day as he took five sacks and three of those ended drives. The protection was far from perfect, but Orton simply spent too much time waiting for routes to develop.

2014 Week 7 vs MIN (31 / 43 / 283 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

In a game that was at times as revolting as the moustache that once resided on his upper lip, Kyle Orton still managed to overcome two (of the Bills four) turnovers and six sacks on his way to throwing for 283 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills offensive again struggled to consistently protect Orton, but the quarterback never seemed to make any adjustments either as he was frequently caught cement-footed in the pocket while waiting on routes to develop despite the constant pressure from the Vikings. The Bills first 12 drives only produced 10 points, but clearly Orton saved his best for last as he drove the offense 80 yards in 15 plays on the way to a game winning pass with one second left to Sammy Watkins from the two-yard line. On the drive, Orton converted a 4th and 20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler, a 3rd and 12 with an 18-yard completion to Watkins and a 2nd and 20 with a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan. While Chandler ran a simple seam route on his big catch, the throw was anything but simple. Chad Greenway was in Chandler's back pocket, but with his head turned couldn't make a play on the ball as Orton delivered a very accurate pass just over the top of Greenway. Chandler had a bad drop two plays prior, but it didn't prevent Orton from going back to him with the game in the balance. With Watkins working over the top of Woods on a slant and running free, Orton merely had to be accurate on the 18-yard gain. Two plays later, again chasing what seemed like an impossible distance to gain, Orton delivered another accurate ball to Hogan down the sideline. Orton's back-shoulder toss was right on target, but really it was the receiver who made the play as he elevated and ultimately snatched the ball from Xavier Rhodes as he slammed into the turf. Maybe his easiest throw of the drive, Orton capped it all off by hitting Watkins on the next play for his second, and game winning, touchdown of the day. A simple out, Watkins shook the coverage and again all Orton needed was an accurate throw for the completion. With the ball right on his receiver's hands, Watkins needed only a toe tap for the game winner. The two connected earlier, too, for the Bills only other touchdown on a 26-yard connection. Watkins ran right past the coverage and Orton's throw was on the money as Watkins was able to catch it in stride for the touchdown. Despite the exciting late game heroics, Orton did leave quite a bit of production on the field in a contest where the Bills never seemed to struggle to move the ball. His first miscue, Orton tried to hit Chandler over the middle of the field, but his throw sailed badly and Robert Blanton easily intercepted it. Chandler was open and Orton wasn't under duress, he simply just missed. The interception was bad, but not as detrimental as his fumble that took at least three points off the board as Buffalo was sitting on first down at the Viking 20-yard line. One of the few times he sensed the collapsing pocket, Orton initially avoided the pressure as he maneuvered the pocket well. However, with the pin pulled Orton just couldn't unload the grenade quick enough and was hit just before his arm started forward.

2014 Week 8 vs NYJ (10 / 17 / 238 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

It's tough to look bad when the opposition has Geno Smith and Mike Vick turning the ball over every other play, but Kyle Orton didn't exactly shine despite throwing for four touchdowns on Sunday in New Jersey. Orton looked crisp on the first drive, competing all three throws the last of which was a dart to Robert Woods from 22 yards out for a touchdown. Woods ran a deep post and the coverage was relatively tight, but Orton drilled the ball into Woods' body where the defender could do little to prevent the completion. Orton took advantage of spectacular field position for his next touchdown, a one-yard dump to tight end Lee Smith. Smith feigned a missed block before releasing and opening up at the goal line for the short score. Clearly intent on connecting with Sammy Watkins deep down the middle of the field, the two finally linked up on their third try on what should have been Orton's third touchdown. Watkins ran a deep post and used his speed to run right by Darrin Walls and Orton hit the wide receiver in stride for an 84-yard gain. Watkins should have easily scored on the play as he ran away from the defense, but inexplicably slowed down as he celebrated prematurely just outside the New York 10-yard line with a salute and peek at the jumbotron. Saalim Hakim was able to chase the play down and clip Watkins feet at the five-yard line. Orton only completed four more passes after the big play to Watkins, but two of those were also touchdowns. The first, a 12-yard pass to Scott Chandler, was a seam route that saw Orton take advantage of man coverage where the defender had his back to the quarterback. Orton only had to place the ball high enough to clear the defender's head and the 6'7" Chandler did the rest. Orton's final touchdown again took advantage of Watkin's ridiculous quicks and speed combo. Watkins caught a seven-yard slant and immediately cut up field. The safety, with a dash of defeat in him, took a bad angle as Watkins dipped and split the trailing corner and aforementioned safety and was gone for a 61-yard touchdown. For the first time in three weeks, Orton avoided any turnovers, but he did take four sacks. A perpetual problem since he took over, Orton again got caught in the pocket waiting for routes to develop. A real problem given the offensive line issues, Orton has got to do a better job of recognizing blitzes and get rid of the ball quickly when he does.


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