Kyle Orton happy to get extra work

IRVING, Texas – With Tony Romo recovering from back surgery, Kyle Orton has taken every snap with the Cowboys’ first-team offense this offseason.

He knows those days are coming to an end.

“This has been good for me,” Orton said. “Obviously, we start camp here in a month and those reps aren’t going to be here, so these reps are valuable for me. If something ever happened to Tony, I can fall back on these reps.”

Orton played in only one game last year, completing 9-of-10 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown against Chicago. Getting the work with Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, even in practice, is a bonus.

“This is the most time I’ve ever been able to spend with the guys that are on the field,” Orton said. “Each of those guys do great things themselves, so to know how they like they ball, how they run routes is a great benefit to me.”

Last year marked just the second year in Orton’s career in which he did not start a game (2006, Bears). He joined the Cowboys last year knowing his role as Romo’s backup.

“In the offseason, the only mindset is to get your game as good as you can,” Orton said. “I know my role on this team and work hard to serve that role.”