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Aug 22, 2010 8:22 PM by Jordan Mason

Orton effectively leading offense in preseason

DENVER (AP) - Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton doesn't have an overwhelming arm, much mobility or the soaring popularity of rookie Tim Tebow.

What he does possess is a thorough grasp of coach Josh McDaniels' intricate system. Orton's complete comprehension in Year 2 of the offense is allowing him to run the show with cool confidence.

Despite a patchwork offensive line, a banged-up backfield and wide receivers he's still getting to know, Orton has effectively led the Broncos to four scoring drives in seven series so far in preseason.

Orton's conviction has been rather contagious, his teammates firmly buying into the quarterback who frequently falls under scrutiny for being too conservative and safe.

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