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Orton Named Week 1 Starter

Posted Aug 22, 2011

Head Coach John Fox said Monday that Kyle Orton will start the team's season opener on Monday Night Football against the Raiders.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Any mystery that was left is now cleared up.

When the Oakland Raiders head to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Week 1 for the Monday Night Football matchup with the Broncos, they'll face Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback.

Head Coach John Fox announced the decision after Monday's practice.

“The proof’s in the pudding, so to speak," Fox said. "He’s played very well; he’s got great command of the offense. I think he has the most experience in this offense, and I think that’s been evident.”

Yesterday night against the Bills, Orton completed 10 of his 13 pass attempts for 135 yards and a touchdown -- good for a quarterback rating of 135.1.

The seven-year veteran is coming off his second-consecutive 3,500-yard passing season, and he said after Saturday's win that he's "definitely comfortable" in Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy's system.

"We’ve got a ways to go, obviously," Orton said. "But if we can just keep improving on a steady incline, I think we’ll be a good offense come game one.”

"I think we’re going to be an offense that can be explosive, be dynamic, be versatile and score a lot of points."

But even with the starting quarterback locked in for Week 1, the competition at the position isn't finished.

Fox declined to name the No. 2 quarterback, saying the team likely won't make that determination until the conclusion of the preseason.

"Just my M.O. as a competitive process, I think it’d be fair to say we won’t be naming that before the game," the head coach said.


The club on Monday designated tight end Richard Quinn waived/injured. If the third-year veteran clears waivers, he will be added to injured reserve.

Quinn suffered a knee injury during training camp. He has played in 29 games in his career, seeing time on both offense and special teams.

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