04-24-2009, 03:17 PM
The way we hear it, the Broncos’ quarterback competition is very much a battle. Even though Kyle Orton is considered the front-runner to win the top job, head coach Josh McDaniels wasn’t just paying lip service when he called the duel “real.” Sources say Chris Simms looked good at the team’s recent minicamp and appeared to be ahead of Orton in terms of grasping McDaniels’ offense. Simms, who signed with the Broncos about a month before Orton was acquired from Chicago in the Jay Cutler deal, is in good shape and impressed observers. The picture could get even murkier if McDaniels and GM Brian Xanders decide to use one of their two first-round picks on a quarterback in this weekend’s draft. Orton has the most starting experience of the quarterbacks on the roster, but Simms, who has been through a great deal of adversity in his career, doesn’t appear to be ceding any ground in this fight.