Broncos Players Are Leaning Towards Orton

Kyle Orton sits No. 1 on Broncos roster (Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

All eyes are on the men under center. That’s true in Denver and that’s true nationally where people wonder if Tim Tebow will get his chance this year or if Kyle Oton is securing his starting spot on the Denver roster.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated got some good inside information on how the Broncos perceive the situation. Many fans won’t want to hear this, but players want Orton to stick around.

“Viewed strictly through an on-field prism, the Broncos’ best chance to compete for their first winning season since 2006 is with Orton, based on his experience and production. Yet around town he is treated as if he has leprosy. Callers to sports talk radio want him out of town sooner than later, a reaction that causes many Broncos veterans to shake their heads — just as they shake their heads at the idea of trading him.

“It’s the Tebow Thing,” says leading receiver Brandon Lloyd. “They’ll put Kyle on the trading block because they don’t want to deal with the Tebow Thing. But it’s not going to end until (Tebow) plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other …”

Lloyd paused. He acknowledged he would be “pissed” if Orton were traded, because the two of them developed a formidable bond last season when Lloyd led the league with 1,448 yards on 77 catches and tied for fourth with 11 TD receptions.” – Jim Trotter (Sports Illustrated)

Make sure to read the rest of Trotter’s article. As for Tebow closing that gap in the competition, it will probably happen as preseason games take place.

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  • HydroWarDaddy

    @broncosbuzztap just wait until the games start. people will be begging for tebow

  • sassafrassiness

    @broncosbuzztap This fan says “Orton should stay”. Sure, I think Tebow can be great, in time. Don’t rush a good …

  • ville2burg

    Since when was LLoyd made the spokesman for the team??! One man’s opinion does not a whole locker room make. Comments like that serve only to divide the team. Everybody knows he’s K.O.’s boy . So is Trotter for that matter. Look for some unity or watch your team blow up in your faces.

  • jphuff1970

    Exactly. Lets see what happens in pre-season. Then in the regular season if need-be but I think it will be apparent in pre-season. I also love how the Denver press in particular is making a big deal about Tebow playing #2 in training camp starting with only the 3rd day (2nd actual day of practices) of camp. Talking about Tebow not being as accurate on a day where he didn’t throw a pick and the other two did. Then saying QUINN is closes to Orton when live training camp reports are talking about Quinn missing throws and throwing INTS (which don’t count as much at this stage of camp anyway). Meanwhile SI QUIETLY writes about Cam Newton having some pretty significant accuracy issues, but nobody’s talking about that! How did Newton get such a pass throughout the pre-draft time and then now? Right now if Tebow comes on the field and squints wrong at the sun it’s a sign he’s gonna be 3rd string and is an official bust. Ridiculous, especially at this stage.