QB Kyle Orton, Free agent
HT: 6-4, WT: 220, Born: 11-14-1982, College: Purdue, Drafted: Round 4
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Kyle Orton was released, and it's unclear whether he intends to continue his NFL career.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 17 - Kyle Orton replaced the injured Tony Romo and got the start in the crucial win-or-go-home matchup with the Eagles to close the regular season. The game plan was simple to start the game: Focus on the run game and give Orton simple throws. That worked well as Orton navigated a promising drive into field goal range, including drawing the Eagles offside on third-and-short. A DeMarco Murray fumble in field goal range derailed the early momentum for the offense. Jason Witten was Ortonís security blanket as Orton targeted his tight end on more than a third of his pass attempts. Dallas got down early with a 10-0 deficit, but Orton was up to the challenge, finding Terrance Williams down the seam for a clutch third-and-long conversion at a key moment in the first half. Orton controlled the line of scrimmage well and rarely held the ball in the pocket to allow the rush into his throwing range. Late in the first half, Dallas had a chance to take the lead, but an Orton throw to Witten was slightly behind him, bobbled, and ultimately intercepted in the final two minutes. Despite 234 total yards at the break, Dallas found themselves down 17-10 due to two turnovers. The cautiousness left Orton and the passing game in the second half with their season on the line. The running game bogged down and Orton looked more comfortable going down the field. Every time the Cowboys had the ball with an opportunity to take the lead, they managed to squander the possession. Orton missed a few deep throws in the second half, multiple times targeting Dez Bryant against single coverage down the sidelines, to no avail. In what looked to be a game-changing play at the time, Orton had a tipped pass on the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-one, leaving them down 17-16 in the fourth quarter. Dallas got the ball back, down eight points late. Orton missed Bryant again down the sidelines on third-and-long, setting up a do-or-die fourth down attempt. Against the blitz, Orton found Bryant on a slant route, which Bryant broke for a long touchdown. For the tie, a back shoulder attempt was tipped away on the two-point conversion attempt. Orton had one final shot to drive for a game-winning field goal in the closing minutes. On the first play of the drive, Ortonís pass to Miles Austin on a slant route was behind him and intercepted. Orton and the Dallas defense played well enough to keep them in the game, but three turnovers, including the final interception, ultimately ended the Cowboys season.