Walk into the Broncos' merchandise store at the team's ...

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Walk into the Broncos' merchandise store at the team's Dove Valley headquarters, and it is easy to get confused.

The store screams "quarterback controversy," what with rack after rack of No. 15 Tim Tebow jerseys, in every size, color and style. You can find a No. 8, but you'll have to search for it.

Even in his own team's home store, Kyle Orton is the forgotten man.

There is a different message, though, coming from the other building at Dove Valley — the main building where the coaches' offices and the player locker room are located. Inside that facility, no one is forgetting Orton, who is having perhaps the most impressive camp of any Broncos player.

Through two weeks of camp, this much is clear: Orton is the starting quarterback and unquestioned leader of the Broncos' offense.

"I'm feeling great," Orton said. "This is still the best that I've felt, and I'm throwing the ball better than I ever have and mentally just playing at a high level right now."

In Orton's head, things are clearer. In the huddle, his voice is louder and more confident. And when the ball is snapped, it's almost as if he's a different player.

His mistakes are down — despite working without his top three running backs and behind a mostly new offensive line — and he has particularly excelled in the two-minute drill.

Fantasy Impact: 

Orton may be having a nice camp, but with shaky receivers and the projected overall ineptness of the Broncos, you don't want him anywhere near your fantasy team. Orton is behind Ben Roethlisberger in our rankings, which says it all given that Roethlisberger will be scoring zero points for at least four weeks.

Filed Under: 2010, Preseason

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