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The next time this handshake occurs, it could be congratulatory, or a farewell.
Kyle Orton may have had the most scrutinized preseason of any player in the NFL. Well, except of course for that other guy.
The starting quarterback position was originally Orton's to lose. Then before anything had started, he had lost it. Then, very suddenly again, he had it back. And none of this has sat very well for Tim Tebow fans.
Looking past the media frenzy that has followed this position over the last month, Orton has certainly had a successful preseason. He's taken back his job as the starting quarterback and cemented it with smart, efficient play against the Buffalo Bills.
Kyle Orton will carry the first team offense for longer this week than either of the previous two. If there was a time for Kyle to prove this starting job is his, it's right now.
Until the regular season starts, and the real games begin, this Week 3 scrimmage will serve as the best judge of ability for Orton.
If he plans on keeping his job, and attempting to silence the critics, he must have a great game. If Orton does not deliver the offense into the end zone at least three times during his time on the field, there's no telling what the "Tebowmaniacs" will throw his way.
It is safe to say, however, that if Orton plays poorly, the jury will be out on him again. The last thing the Denver Broncos organization needs now is a continuation of the drama that persists over the quarterback position.
It's up to Kyle Orton to stop the madness—for Broncos fans, for the front office, for everyone.