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Orton gets his chance with Broncos

Mike Klis
The Denver Post

Far, far away from Atlanta, where the star-crossed receiver he hardly knows is engaged in the trial of his career, Kyle Orton will be in San Francisco making his quarterback debut for the Broncos.

Orton won’t be throwing to Brandon Marshall. Not even Jay Cutler can throw it from San Francisco to Atlanta. And the sooner Bronco fans see for themselves that Cutler is long gone, the better Orton’s chances, perhaps, of winning over his new town.

“I want to come out and play well, no question,” Orton said. “Just get it started right. But it is a preseason game, and we use these to get ready to play well when it really counts.”

The Broncos will play their first game of any kind under the leadership of coach Josh McDaniels and quarterback Orton tonight against the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

It was Cutler’s dislike of McDaniels that created arguably the most captivating event of the NFL offseason. The drama concluded with a trade that sent Cutler to Chicago in exchange for Orton and draft picks.

Orton has yet to enjoy having Marshall as a primary receiver. By kickoff tonight, Marshall should know whether his football future has been cleared, or become clear as gunk.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_13062176


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