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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Much like fellow AFC North quarterback Joe Flacco, 2015 was the first time Dalton missed games in his career. A broken thumb suffered late in the season cost Dalton the final three games during Weeks 14-16 (and the majority of the team's Week 13 game in which he was hurt). Dalton was having what was projecting to be his best season. He threw 25 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions and had already surpassed 3,200 yards (after recording 3,398 all of 2014). Cincinnati's offense is an interesting one to project this season as they have a new offensive coordinator. The team's former quarterbacks coach, Ken Zampese, was promoted when Hue Jackson left to coach Cleveland. Zampese was an assistant under Mike Martz during the "Greatest Show on Turf" days in St. Louis, which likely indicates a focus on the passing game. Jeremy Hill took a step back in his second season in 2015, averaging 1.5 yards per carry fewer than he did in 2014. Combine that with the breakout season of Tyler Eifert, and Cincinnati's personnel also suggests a more pass-centric attack. They did lose receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but this offense was able to move the ball via the air through A.J. Green and Eifert, along with Giovani Bernard as well. To replace the departures, Cincinnati acquired Brandon LaFell and drafted Tyler Boyd in the second round out of Pittsburgh. Look for the offensive burden to be placed more on Dalton as it was early in 2015. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 13, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 24
QB Dynasty - 14, 9, 16, 16, 21

Stats and Projections

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 CIN 13 255 386 3250 25 7 57 142 3 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 321 520 * * * 65 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 304 480 * * * 60 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 330 515 * * * 55 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 104
QB: 14

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Latest News

Bengals | A.J. Green ready to carry offense (Fri May 27, 11:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he knows that the offense is only going to go as far as he and QB Andy Dalton can take it in 2016.

Our View: Good thing he's ready, because that's what the Bengals are going to need him to do. Not only did they lose Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency, but star TE Tyler Eifert may miss some games to start the season due to ankle surgery.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton to boost Tyler Boyd's game? (Thu May 19, 10:16 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he believes playing with QB Andy Dalton will help him elevate his performance. 'With him throwing me to open space, making me catch it away from defenders, making it a lot easier for me I feel like it'll just take my game to a whole other level than what I think it's already at,' Boyd said. 'It'll completely change me.'

Our View: Dalton is solid on the shorter throws to slot receivers, which is where Boyd will be. Boyd has a lot of work to do to get up to speed, but with Dalton throwing and AJ Green occupying defenses, the rookie could develop into a decent WR4 or better this season.
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2016 Schedule

1@ New York Jets
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Denver Broncos
4vs Miami Dolphins
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Cleveland Browns
8vs Washington Redskins
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ New York Giants
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Baltimore Ravens
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Baltimore Ravens