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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 215Born: 10-29-1987College: TCUDrafted: Round 2

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Entering his fifth NFL season, Andy Dalton has been very durable, having never missed a start. Durability, though, is his best trait. He's viewed by some as the "missing piece" in Cincinnati's championship puzzle. In 2013, it looked as though Dalton was turning a corner, having passed for over 4,200 yards. But he regressed back to 3,398 in 2014 with just 19 touchdowns. The 2014 yardage total tied his career-low, which occurred in his rookie year when he was expected to be more "game manager" than franchise quarterback. Not having A.J. Green for all of 2014 certainly had an impact, as did Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson's run-first style, but Dalton's play has been erratic and mostly sub-par throughout his career. Nothing that took place this offseason points to a significant turnaround. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 21, 12, 18, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 26, 29
QB Dynasty - 23, 20, 21, 22, 25, 25

Stats and Projections

2012 CIN 16 329 529 3669 27 16 47 120 4
2013 CIN 16 363 586 4296 33 20 61 183 2 3
2014 CIN 16 309 482 3398 19 17 60 169 4 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 315 513 * * * 58 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 328 515 * * * 49 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 335 530 * * * 55 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 298 474 * * * 66 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 193
QB: 25

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Latest News

Bengals | AJ McCarron healthy (Sat May 23, 06:18 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron (shoulder) is healthy and hoping to push QB Andy Dalton in 2015. 'We wanted him in our building so bad and it happened and then it didn't happen and now it's happening So it's fun. It's delayed gratification, that's all. Now we've got a chance to see where he can take himself and where we can help him go,' explained quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese.

Our View: McCarron is healthy, and he has enough confidence for two players. We're not believers in his long-term upside, but it will be interesting to see how he performs in training camp and the preseason. Andy Dalton is the clear-cut starter, and we don't see McCarron pushing him for that spot.
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Bengals | A.J. McCarron plans to challenge Andy Dalton (Tue May 12, 12:32 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), who spent almost all of his rookie season in 2014 on the non-football injury list with a shoulder injury from college, plans to push QB Andy Dalton hard for the starting job in training camp this summer. 'Andy's our starter. I know that. I love Andy to death. But I want to make him better every way that I can,' McCarron said. The coaches said McCarron looks to be throwing pain-free this offseason. He spent the offseason training with quarterbacks coaches David Morris and Tom House, and House changed some of McCarron's mechanics to help him throw tighter with more compact body control.

Our View: Try not to spit out your coffee when you read the headline. We love McCarron's confidence, but how about a dose of reality? McCarron is a backup-level quarterback at the pro level. Sure, Dalton isn't Andrew Luck but he's certainly better than McCarron 10 times out of 10 and twice on Sundays. Dynasty owners take note that we're not expecting much from the former Alabama quarterback. We'll see if McCarron can prove us (and a lot of other people) wrong about his upside.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Oakland Raiders
2vs San Diego Chargers
3@ Baltimore Ravens
4vs Kansas City Chiefs
5vs Seattle Seahawks
6@ Buffalo Bills
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9vs Cleveland Browns
10vs Houston Texans
11@ Arizona Cardinals
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Cleveland Browns
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16@ Denver Broncos
17vs Baltimore Ravens