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QB Kyle Orton - Buffalo Bills

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 25): Orton beat up on the Jets for the second time this year. This is more about the great generosity of the Jets pass defense than Orton breaking out as a fantasy quarterback, but none of his remaining games are too imposing, making Orton a solid QB in a streaming/QBBC approach.

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs KC 29 48 259 1 0 2 3 0 0
11 at MIA 22 39 193 0 0 2 2 0 0
12 vs NYJ 24 32 230 2 0 1 10 0 0
13 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds 22 36 * * * 2 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay 22 35 * * * 2 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom 21 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs KC (29 / 48 / 259 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

There's a good chance when Kyle Orton and the Bills look back at Week 10, there will much consternation about the numerous missed opportunities on offense that resulted in a paltry 13 points and a crushing home loss. Orton opened the game on fire; completing five of his first six passes including the only touchdown of the game for the Bills. Chris Hogan made quick work of the coverage as he easily got inside just off the line of scrimmage and Orton lasered the ball in at the Kansas City 10-yard line. Hogan finished the catch off, rumbling into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown catch. Not only was the play the Bills lone touchdown, but also was Orton's longest completion and only one of four pass plays to cover more than 15 yards. After the quick start, Orton missed on seven of his next eight throws that included three drops by three different receivers. After a Robert Woods dropped ended one promising drive, Sammy Watkins ended one of his own as he turned out on his route as Orton threw the ball inside. By no means was it an easy catch, but one Watkins is expected to make, as he was able to get both hands on the ball as it slithered through his grasp. When his receivers weren't letting him down, Orton made sure to do his part to keep the offense out of the end zone too. Facing a 3rd and goal from the Kansas City nine-yard line, Orton had Scott Chandler essentially uncovered on a wheel route. Orton's throw, however, was both too soon and had way too much velocity on it as it sailed well out of bounds. Had Orton let the route develop and not been skittish, a touchdown was the likely result. Orton again missed on another goal-to-go throw in the second half, missing Woods on what could have, and should have, been a touchdown. Woods was able to slip away from the outside coverage on an inside move while the helping safety over the top had overcommitted on the play action, but Orton again was both too quick with too much on his throw. Had Orton given it a mere second more, Woods would have been wide open in the back of the end zone. It was evident the Bills spent their bye week working on shoring up their sack issues and getting the ball out of Orton's hands quickly, which clearly had its benefits as Orton only took one sack (his fewest of the year). However, it wasn't without its shortcomings too, including the aforementioned end zone misses and only 259 passing yards on 29 completions (and 48 attempts).

2014 Week 11 vs MIA (22 / 39 / 193 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Since taking over for EJ Manuel in Week 5, Kyle Orton had his worst statistical game of the season on Thursday as he threw for only 193 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 2014. Orton managed to lead the team to points on three of the first four drives, but struggled mightily for the second consecutive week once the team hit the red zone as all three resulted in field goals. After hitting six of his first seven throws, Orton threw back-to-back incompletions to kill the opening drive. Indecision struck the second drive after Orton again opened the drive strong with completions on four his first five passes to get inside the Miami 10-yard line. After having his first down pass batted at the line (thankfully given it likely would have been intercepted otherwise), Orton dropped to his eyes to scramble on third down and missed not one, but two open receivers in the end zone as the second drive ended with a field goal attempt. Both Robert Woods and Scott Chandler had slipped free of the coverage as the defense reacted to Orton breaking the pocket, but he saw neither on his three-yard snail walk towards the goal line. Things changed in the second half, however, as the Dolphins turned up the heat (especially on third down) and Orton slipped right back into his comfort zone of being completely uncomfortable making the correct pre-snap adjustments and post-snap reads. After reaching the Miami 29-yard line early in the third quarter, Orton missed on three straight throws with the latter two misses results of pressure. Orton's protection let him down initially as he was hit just as he released on a deep post to Sammy Watkins. The throw came up well short on what would have been a Watkins vs. safety matchup at the goal line. There was room to step up in the pocket, but Orton was painfully unaware of the impending pressure. Miami blitzed again the following play and Orton threw short to a shallow crossing Woods. The pass wasn't even close, but even if it had been there were two Dolphin defenders bearing down and a first down was very unlikely. With the tone set and a now jittery Orton, Miami pressure ended the next two drives and clearly affected the others. For the second week in a row, Orton took a bad (albeit questionable) intentional grounding penalty, this time costing the team two points as the flag came with Orton in the end zone. Mere moments after the snap, Orton threw the ball up to Watkins who hadn't even come out of the first half of a double move. Once resigned to taking bad sacks, Orton now seems comfortable blindly throwing the ball down the field or checking down for minimal gains. Certainly never a strength of Orton's, his pre-snap reads were (and are) atrocious. The Dolphins rarely disguised their blitzes and yet, Orton never seemed in the right play. Both tackles struggled considerably with pass protection and Orton only compounded things as he had no answer for the pressure either. When Orton did have opportunities, he seemed to miss them just as he did in Week 10. The aforementioned goal-line scramble and later an overthrow of Watkins missing what should have been a long touchdown. Watkins had beaten the coverage and was well behind it, but Orton failed to put enough air under the throw as it sailed just beyond the reach of his receiver. Had the two connected it would have been a 47-yard touchdown pass. Orton managed to avoid turning the ball over, but not without putting in a valiant effort to do so on a throw to Chris Hogan over the middle where the safety just outright dropped a sure interception that had house call written all over it. Never coming off his first read, Louis Delmas just followed Orton's eyes to the ball.

2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (24 / 32 / 230 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Falling somewhere between Aaron Rodgers and a Mike Vick/Geno Smith mashup, Kyle Orton was as solid as he's been in 2014 on Monday despite a tumultuous week culminating with a "home" game in Detroit as he threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. In the midst of touchdown drought seven quarters long, the importance of the Bills opening drive was not lost on Orton and he made sure to take advantage of the short field to snap the skid with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods that showed a much improved chemistry between quarterback and receiver. Working from the slot, Woods feigned an inside move on the overmatched linebacker with inside leverage but did so only so Orton could safely put the throw on his back shoulder where the defense could do nothing about it. Orton perfectly placed the ball and Woods was able to contort just enough to haul the pass in. Just as he started the half, Orton finished it with his second touchdown pass as he hit Scott Chandler down the seam for 19 yards for the late score. Chandler released off the line and only had to clear the linebacker before breaking into gaping hole in the Jets zone defense. Orton lasered the pass in before the back end of the coverage could react for an all too easy touchdown. The play prior Orton had tried to spoil the drive after taking a horrendous sack where he held the ball for what seemed like forever, but made up for by connecting with Chandler. Orton led three more scoring drives in the second half, but game flow took over so quickly Orton rarely needed to do much more than hand the ball off to his running backs. Orton completed passes to eight different receivers, but it was quite evident Woods was his favorite target including his only two completions over 20 yards. Both coming on vertical routes, Woods made a ridiculous one-handed catch for 27 yards on the first before Orton threw a perfect pass on the second for a 37-yards gain. Orton didn't turn the ball over for a third straight game and outside the one atrocious sack, executed the quick passing game competently.


Latest News

Bills | Kyle Orton limited again (Thu Nov 20, 04:36 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton (toe) was limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. The Bills did not actually practice Thursday, so Orton's status is an estimation.

Our View: The Jets are a tempting target for any fantasy quarterback, and we have him as a QB2. We don't know when the game will be played or where, much less in what conditions and the Bills aren't practicing so they will come into the game cold (pun not intended). So there is an element of the unknown to this, but if you're stuck he's worth the risk.
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Bills | Kyle Orton listed as limited (Wed Nov 19, 04:35 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. The team did not hold a practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.

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Bills | Staying with Kyle Orton (Mon Nov 17, 02:24 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will continue to be the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Our View: Of course they're staying with Orton. He's largely uninspiring, but their next option is to turn things over to E.J. Manuel again.
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Bills | Kyle Orton suffers toe injury (Fri Nov 14, 10:22 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton (toe) suffered a minor toe injury Thursday, Nov. 13, in Week 11. Head coach Doug Marrone said he isn't considering making the switch to QB EJ Manuel, based on Orton's performance or health.

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