Silver Star Nation: Orton Ready to Step Up

Published 12/24 2013 08:53PM

Updated 12/24 2013 08:57PM

It's beginning to look a lot like Kyle Orton will be starting for the Dallas Cowboys when the take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cowboys starter Tony Romo seems to be doing everything he can to play on Sunday, but Orton will prepare to take the field.

"We've watched Kyle [Orton] for a long time. We liked him coming out of [Purdue]. I just think he's a heck of a player, and he plays the quarterback position the way it's supposed to be played. He's very prepared. He's an experienced guy," said Garrett.

That experience could come in handy for the Cowboys when they take on the Eagles in a game that will decide the NFC East title.

"He has the poise, the composure about him of a veteran player. He's started over 80 games in the National Football League. So, he's been there. He's seen this stuff before, and he prepares every week as if he's the starter. That's the feeling that his teammates get. That's the feeling that is coaches get.  It's just how he approaches his job. He certainly loves to play, has a great passion for the game, very competitive guy, and has played at very high level throughout his career."

By the time the Cowboys take the practice field on Christmas Day, they should have signed one of the five quarterbacks they worked out on Tuesday. According to reports that quarterback will be Jon Kitna.

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