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October 18, 2012

Kyle Orton is no Cam Newton, but he is trying his best

Kyle Orton ran a 5.06 at the Scouting Combine in 2005. Cam Newton ran a 4.59 six years later. 

Still, Orton is playing the part of Newton on the scout team this week in practice.

"I think there’s only one Cam Newton," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "Orton has really, really improved his quickness. It’s going to be a hard simulation. You try your best. It’s hard to do."

Orton envisioned himself as an option quarterback before he landed at Purdue.

"My grand plans when I was in high school, I really wanted to go to Nebraska," Orton said. "I went to their football camp for five or six years, so I’ve run a little bit of option but not for a while."

But he admits he is no Cam Newton, who has 915 career rushing yards, a 5.5 career rushing average and 17 rushing touchdowns.

"I’ve got a long way to go," said Orton, who has 274 career rushing yards, with a 2.5 average and three rushing touchdowns. "I can run the option probably going about twice as slow as he’s going to do it."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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