Greg Orton (wide receiver)

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Greg Orton

Greg Orton

Orton during the 2011 preseason.
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-17) December 17, 1986
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Huber Heights (OH) Wayne
College: Purdue
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 138
Yards: 1,792
Touchdowns: 39
Player stats at

Gregory Carlton Orton (born December 17, 1986) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Purdue.

He has also been a member of the Spokane Shock, Denver Broncos, Omaha Nighthawks, Arizona Rattlers and New England Patriots.

Early life

Greg attended Wayne High School, where he was a standout football, basketball and track and field member. As a member of the football team, he played for coach Jay Minton. He was ranked as the No. 19 wide receiver in nation by SuperPrep as well as the No. 53 wide receiver in nation and the No. 21 player in Ohio by[1] He was a first team all-state selection as senior, when he caught 65 passes for 1,058 yards (16.3 average) and nine touchdowns. As a result he was named to CBS SportsLine All-Regional team. He had 59 receptions for 782 yards (13.3 average) and 11 touchdowns his junior season, and was a two-time all-area and all-conference honoree.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Greg Orton
Huber Heights, Ohio Wayne High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.49 Sep 22, 2004 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 21 (WR)   Rivals: 53 (WR), 21 (OH)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Orton committed to Purdue University on September 22, 2004.[3]

College career

Orton chose Purdue to continue his football career. He chose Purdue over Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Wisconsin. Orton saw his production steadily increase every season. He finished his Purdue career appearing in 50 games and recorded 203 receptions (fifth in school history) for 2,356 yards (sixth in school history) and 13 touchdowns.[4]



Season Team GS GP Rec Yds Avg TD Long
2005 Purdue 1 8 9 94 10.4 0 22
2006 Purdue 1 13 58 790 13.6 5 43
2007 Purdue 11 14 67 752 11.2 3 44
2008 Purdue 12 12 69 720 10.4 5 43
Totals 27 46 203 2,356 11.6 13 44

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

In 2009, Orton signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, after failing to have his name called in the 2009 NFL Draft.[7]

Spokane Shock

In 2010, Orton signed to play with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. He appeared in a few games making 18 receptions for 2 touchdowns, helping guide the Shock to an ArenaBowl XXIII championship.[8] In 2011, he saw his number increase dramatically, but the Shock season wasn't as productive. As a member of the Shock, Orton led the team in receptions (120), receiving yards (1,588), and touchdowns (37).[9]

Omaha Nighthawks

In August 2011, he signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.[10]

Denver Broncos

On August 13, 2011, Orton signed with the Denver Broncos. He was later waived by the Denver Broncos prior to the 2011 season.

Arizona Rattlers

Orton signed with the Arizona Rattlers to play the 2012 season.[11]

Return to the Broncos

Orton was re-signed by the Broncos, as a member of the practice squad on November 29, 2012.[12]

He was waived/injured by the Denver Broncos on August 25, 2013.[13] He reverted to injured reserve on August 27. He was released by the Broncos on October 7, 2013.[14]

New England Patriots

Orton was signed by the New England Patriots to their practice squad on December 31, 2013. The team released him on May 22, 2014, but re-signed him on July 23 of that year.[15] Orton was waived/injured by the Patriots on July 27, 2014.[16][17][18] He reverted to injured reserve on July 28.[14][17] He won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots after they defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24.[19] He became a free agent after the 2014 season.[14]


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  5. 2011 Purdue Football Information Guide, August 2011, p. 147
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  8. Arena Bowl XXIII Box Score
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  11. Richard Obert (November 3, 2011). "Arizona Rattlers sign wide receiver Greg Orton". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  12. Jordan Sargent (November 30, 2011). "Broncos Sign Tony Carter And Greg Orton To Practice Squad". SB Nation. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  13. Klis, Mike (August 25, 2013). "Broncos roster cuts include WR Greg Orton; 11 players waived in preseason". Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
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  15. "Patriots re-sign WR Greg Orton; Release WR Tyler McDonald". July 23, 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  16. Kyed, Doug (July 27, 2014). "Patriots Sign Receivers Cole Stanford, Brian Tyms, Waive Greg Orton". Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
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  18. McCaffrey, Jen (July 27, 2014). "New England Patriots release WR Greg Orton; add two more receivers". Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  19. Miller, Travis (February 1, 2015). "Rob Ninkovich And Greg Orton Win First Super Bowl". Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
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