Brandstater a backstory in Broncos QB race

By: AP
By: AP

When Tim Tebow moved ahead of Tom Brandstater to take the third-team quarterback repetitions at the Denver Broncos' passing camp, the least known of the team's four quarterbacks shrugged it off.

With all the questions raised about incumbent Kyle Orton's hold on the job after the drafting of Tebow and the acquisition from Cleveland of former first-round pick Brady Quinn, it has been easy to overlook Brandstater.

A sixth-round selection out of Fresno State a year ago, Brandstater flashed potential at training camp last season, throwing for 187 yards in about three quarters of play in a 19-0 preseason win over Arizona.

The next week, Brandstater nearly had to start the Broncos' season opener at Cincinnati but Orton fought through a finger dislocation on his passing hand to play.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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