by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
When the Bills handed Kyle Orton a large contract to operate as the backup, we all knew this day was likely. However the Bills made it official on Twitter on Monday:
“BREAKING: #Bills head coach Doug Marrone announces that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel at QB.”
Manuel had been given the opportunity to throw the ball each of the past two weeks, but the numbers simply hadn’t been there:
- Week 3 – 23-39, 238 yards, 1 TD
- Week 4 – 21-44, 225 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
That said, what exactly should we expect from the 31-year old who operated as a backup to Tony Romo the past two seasons? He’s likely going to be asked to managed the offense, and nothing more, as the game plan should be dominated by Fred Jackson & C.J. Spiller.
With that many opportunities to throw Orton should be more productive. He owns a career 58.5% completion percentage, so there should be better days ahead for the receiving corps as well.
The biggest beneficiary will by rookie Sammy Watkins, who should continue to be the most targeted receiver. With Manuel under center he managed just 17 completions on 32 targets, so look for a better ratio there bringing his overall numbers with it.
Robert Woods (11 receptions on 29 targets) and Mike Williams (7 receptions on 16 targets) also should be potential WR5, most notably Woods, though neither are trustworthy options.
As for Orton, don’t consider him more than a low-end QB2 with little upside.
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