Kyle Orton Fantasy News

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 7:50pm

Cowboys Inactives
Tony Romo QB
B.W. Webb CB
Jakar Hamilton S
Sean Lee LB
Ernie Sims LB
Martez Wilson DL
Darrion Weems OL

Fantasy Impact:

Kyle Orton will start at QB.

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Tony Romo undergoes back surgery, out for Week 17
Friday, December 27, 2013, 11:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett just told reporters that quarterback Tony Romo had back surgery this morning, and will be placed on injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

It's official, Kyle Orton will start for the Cowboys against the Eagles.

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Tony Romo (back) 'only slightly improved'
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:17am

Ed Werder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys QB Tony Romo's back is only slightly improved since epidural injection and treatment. Didn't practice, attend team meeting or game-plan session.

Fantasy Impact:

Consider Romo very doubtful for Week 17. Kyle Orton is a capable backup, but this is a small downgrade for Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

Report: Tony Romo out for rest of season
Monday, December 23, 2013, 4:46pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season because of a back injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Monday.

Romo has a herniated disk in the lumbar region and needs to have surgery, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Dr. Michael Kaplan, who has not evaluated Romo, said an operation for an injury of this nature is 95 percent predictable with a three to four month recovery.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a huge blow to the Cowboys who have a Week 17 showdown with Eagles to determine the NFC East title. Kyle Orton would start this week and could still be a decent option against the Eagles defense, which was bad against the Vikes in Week 15 but great against the Bears in Week 16. He's only attempted 15 passes while with the Cowboys the last two years, though. From 2008-2010, Orton threw 59 TDs in 44 games with the Bears and Broncos. Also worth noting is HC Jason Garrett said no decision on Romo has been made, he's day-to-day and will receive treatment this week.

Monday, August 6, 2012, 11:11am

The Denver Post - [Full Article]

Willis McGahee has clearly been the No. 1 running back in Broncos training camp and has been getting the veteran treatment through the first two weeks of practice. He will take all of the first repetitions but cede other snaps to the younger guys behind him, such as Lance Ball, Jeremiah Johnson and Xavier Omon.

A closer look at McGahee's totals show he stayed remarkably consistent [last year]. He had three 100-yard games in four starts playing behind Kyle Orton, and he averaged 20.3 carries per game in those starts. That incarnation of the Broncos' offense featured a more traditional passing game, with wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Eric Decker as the featured players.

Monday, July 16, 2012, 7:07pm

DallasCowboys.com - [Full Article]

Josh Ellis broke down the Cowboys quarterback situation:

Tony Romo: Another career season for Romo only yielded eight wins for the Cowboys in 2011. It's not at all out of the question for him to put up even better numbers in 2012, but can the team capitalize?

Kyle Orton: An ideal backup, he'll give the Cowboys a chance to win each week if Romo is out for an extended period.

Stephen McGee: There doesn't appear to be much of an upside to keeping McGee, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Could he net a draft pick via trade?

Rudy Carpenter: If McGee is jettisoned, the club will want keep a third QB on the practice squad. Though he's been a pro for three years already, Carpenter is still eligible.

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:19pm

Mike Klis, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Eric Decker can return punts but Broncos want him running 35-40 pass routes a game.

Fantasy Impact:

According to Pro Football Focus, Decker ran 505 pass routes in 15 games last season, which works out to 33.7 per game. With Kyle Orton under center for the first four games of the season, Decker racked up 20 catches for 270 yards and four TDs. Demaryius Thomas wasn't playing, but Brandon Lloyd was still on the team, so Decker's production with decent QB play (i.e. Orton) is reasonable proof that he has considerable upside now that Peyton Manning is in town. He looks like a good value in the 5th and a great value in the 6th.

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 5:24pm

The Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

The Chiefs have Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi at quarterback, making it one of the thinnest positions on their roster. Cassel missed the last half of last season because of a broken hand and is still trying to establish himself as a dependable NFL starter. Quinn is a former first-round pick, but the Broncos thought so little of him that he didn’t play in a game in his two seasons in Denver. Stanzi was a fifth-round draft pick last year and didn’t play as a rookie.

Because their roster is so complete, the Chiefs believe they have built a team that can reasonably compete for the AFC West championship for the foreseeable future. If that vision comes true, they won’t be in position again to draft a franchise-type quarterback for years.

All of that makes for a perfect storm when it comes to drafting a quarterback, and the Chiefs appear to be at least examining the possibility. They met with Tannehill at the combine and he said he had a private workout for them last week.

“He has everything you look for,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said recently. “He belongs in the top 10 and has a chance to be an elite quarterback in the NFL.

The Chiefs haven’t seemed sold on Cassel during the offseason. At the least, they’re giving off mixed signals.

“That consistency … I think that’s the biggest thing with Matt,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. “I think he’s excited about this year, about having Brian Daboll as our offensive coordinator, because he knows Brian and he knows the system Brian brings, and I’ve talked to Matt several times in the offseason and … he’s ready to go to work. He can’t wait for April 16th (start of the Chiefs’ offseason program) to get here so he can start getting into the playbook.

“If he can develop that consistency like we had part of the time in 2010, where we weren’t turning the ball over — we were moving the ball offensively and we were scoring some points — if we can get back to that, that’s what I’m looking for from him.”

The Chiefs started the offseason by saying they intended to find competition for Cassel, then watched as their best possibility for that, Kyle Orton, left as a free-agent for Dallas, where he will back up Tony Romo.

They settled instead for Quinn, but there’s still room for another quarterback, particularly one with Tannehill’s potential.

Chargers sign Eddie Royal to a three-year deal worth $13M
Friday, March 16, 2012, 10:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chargers continued to give quarterback Philip Rivers more weapons by signing Denver free agent Eddie Royal. He will likely be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in San Diego, depending on the development of second-year receiver Vincent Brown. He was not in the Broncos’ plans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it is a three-year deal worth $13.5 million with $6 million in guaranteed money.

But the Chargers will get good use out of Royal, who also gives them a threat in the punt return game. San Diego missed a spark in the return game last year with the absence of Darren Sproles.

Fantasy Impact:

Royal made a splash in his rookie year (2008) with 91 catches for 980 yards and five TDs, catching 70.5% of the 129 targets he received from Jay Cutler. After Cutler left, Royal was unable to develop a rapport with Kyle Orton and most recently, Tim Tebow, catching just 115 passes over the next three seasons with a dreadful Rec % of 49.4%. It will be interesting to see how he fares with an upgrade at QB (Philip Rivers), though he's joining a passing game that already features Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, Vincent Brown and Antonio Gates, so he may have a tough time getting the necessary targets to make much of a fantasy impact in standard leagues.

Kyle Orton signs three-year deal with Cowboys
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 1:23pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Kyle Orton reached a three-year agreement with the Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that Orton didn't sign with a team where he'd have an opportunity to compete for a starting job. He'll back up Tony Romo in one of the most potent passing games in the league.

Kyle Orton unlikely to return to Chiefs
Monday, January 2, 2012, 2:26pm

The Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Kyle Orton was something less than definitive about his future with the Chiefs after their season ended with Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Broncos. But he sounded like a guy who has played his last game with the Chiefs.

“I thank the Chiefs for giving me an opportunity to get a fresh start. I really enjoyed playing with those guys in the locker room. I think they’ve got a solid group of character guys. I appreciate them letting me come in and be a part of the team and finish this season on a strong note.” Orton will be a free agent in March if he doesn’t re-sign with the Chiefs. Cassel and rookie Ricky Stanzi, who didn’t play a down this season, are also under contract.

“I don’t know,” Orton said when asked whether he thought he would return next season. “I’m going to step away. I know they’ve got a great quarterback in Matt Cassel. Matt’s a good friend, he’s a great teammate, and he’s a great quarterback. As I look at it, it’s his team. We’ll see what happens.”

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