Dalton and the Bengals' first-team offense ran only 11 plays on three series in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, committing six penalties in the process, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "This week wasn't quite good enough. We've got a lot to improve on," coach Zac Taylor said. "That first drive, I don't know how to feel about it. Very disjointed. Too many penalties."
Dalton completed five of nine passes for 35 yards and threw a pick-six on a tipped ball that was returned 96 yards - had it not been tipped, it would have likely resulted in a touchdown pass to Trayveon Williams.
Dalton completed seven of nine pass attempts for 80 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the team's first preseason game against the Chiefs on Saturday.
Dalton took the field for only one offensive possession but showed enough in his nine pass attempts and also led the unit to a touchdown. He spread the ball around, completing passes to five different receivers. While most of his attempts went for short gains, he also completed a long pass to Auden Tate down the right sideline that brought the team down to the goal line. Dalton has shown the ability to perform steadily throughout his nine-year career, though he may be unlocked to a certain degree by first-year head coach Zac Taylor.
Dalton (thumb) participated in OTAs throughout May, CBS WKRC Cincinnati reports.
Dalton had season-ending surgery in late November to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He resumed throwing in February and now appears headed for full participation during training camp. Dalton was on track for one of his better seasons in 2018 before A.J. Green (toe) was injured, winning five of his first eight games while averaging 262.8 passing yards and 2.1 touchdowns per week. Green is far behind Dalton in the rehab process but should be available at some point this summer.
Dalton (thumb) should be ready when practices start in six weeks, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.
Dalton had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament in late November and resumed throwing footballs at the beginning of February. His rehab process shouldn't have any impact on the process of installing a new offense under first-time head coach Zac Taylor, as the Bengals won't hold real practices until late May. The early stages of the offseason program will focus on learning a new playbook, in addition to the usual strength and conditioning work. Dalton has two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract, but it won't come as any surprise if the Bengals try to find his successor during the 2019 NFL Draft. The 31-year-old quarterback was on pace for a 10-win, 34-touchdown season after Week 8 last year, but the Bengals fell apart once A.J. Green (toe) and then Dalton were injured.
Dalton (thumb) has been tossing a football for the past two weeks and recently began shooting a basketball, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.
Dalton seems to be on track in the rehab process after having surgery in late November to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. There have been some murmurs about the Bengals trying to find a new quarterback for their new coaching staff, but director of player personnel Duke Tobin recently said Dalton will enter 2019 as the starter. With two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract, the 31-year-old quarterback may push for some type of financial commitment to back up the supportive words. Dalton was one of the few bright spots for Cincinnati in 2018 and has been a regular presence at the team facility while rehabbing during the early portion of the offseason. NFL rules demand that he waits until April to receive the new playbook from head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin suggested Dalton (thumb) will enter 2019 as the team's starting quarterback, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We're very comfortable with Andy," Tobin said. "We think he's got a number of years left. We feel like we can win with him. But with any position group, we don't just throw away the whole draft board at a group just because we're satisfied with who we have."
An overhaul of the coaching staff has led to rumors of a possible change under center, but it's probably an easy decision to keep Dalton given that he has two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract. This doesn't mean the Bengals won't explore options for a long-term upgrade, but it does mean there's an excellent chance Dalton will get the Week 1 start in 2019. Of course, he may not feel so great about the contract situation, with no guaranteed money remaining on his deal and a 2019 cap hit ($16.2 million) that ranks dead last among starting quarterbacks that aren't on a rookie contract (per overthecap.com). Working his way back from late-November thumb surgery, Dalton should have plenty of time to return to full strength before the Bengals start their offseason program in April under new head coach Zac Taylor.
Dalton underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and said he expects to be ready to go for the Bengals' offseason program, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Bengals placed Dalton on injured reserve Monday, ending his season after 11 games. The 31-year-old completed 61.9 percent of his throws for 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 7.0 yards per attempt, figures that all ranked in the middle to back end among all qualified passers. Jeff Driskel will step in as the Bengals' starting quarterback for the remainder of the campaign, but Dalton, who is under contract through the 2020 season, should reclaim the top spot on the depth chart once healthy next spring.
Coach Marvin Lewis relayed Monday that the Bengals' medical staff expects Dalton to fully recover from his thumb injury in advance of the 2019 season, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Lewis' announcement came shortly after the Bengals placed Dalton on injured reserve, ending his season. With Dalton sidelined, Jeff Driskel will take over as the team's starting quarterback and by the time next season rolls around, Dalton's team context will no doubt have undergone some changes. While the Bengals have yet to specify the nature of Dalton's injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that the 31-year-old suffered torn ligaments in his thumb. It's not known at this time if surgery will be necessary.
Dalton (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
The tests Dalton underwent Monday apparently revealed a major issue with his right thumb, prompting the Bengals to move him to IR at a juncture of the season in which he won't be eligible to return. Jeff Driskel is left as the team's top quarterback, with Cincinnati scooping Tom Savage off waivers from the 49ers to provide depth. Dalton doesn't exactly elevate the players around him, but his absence is still a major blow to every other piece of the Cincinnati offense, including running back Joe Mixon and wideouts Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green (toe).
Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that Dalton still needs more tests to determine the severity of the thumb injury he suffered in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
While it isn't a great sign when extensive testing is required for a diagnosis, there's no need to jump to conclusions in the immediate aftermath of Dalton's departure from the Week 12 loss. The 31-year-old injured his right thumb in the third quarter of the contest, allowing Jeff Driskell to finish out the game as Cincinnati tried to erase a 28-point deficit. Driskell orchestrated a pair of touchdown drives, but the Bengals surely will want Dalton back under center with the final wild-card spot in the AFC still up for grabs. Week 13 brings a tricky home matchup against a Denver team coming off back-to-back wins over the Chargers and Steelers.
Dalton is slated to undergo further testing on his right thumb, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Following Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns, coach Marvin Lewis indicated that the initial belief is that Dalton's thumb injury is not serious. That said, it's still too early to know if the QB's status for next weekend's game against the Broncos is in any danger. If Dalton is forced to miss any time, Jeff Driskel would be in line to handle the Bengals' first-team QB reps.
Dalton has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Browns with a right thumb injury.
Jeff Driskel will finish up Sunday's game in relief of Dalton, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 100 yards, to go along with a TD and a pick as well as two carries for 21 yards. If Dalton's injury threatens his Week 13 availability, the Bengals could add QB depth via the free agent route or they could promote Connor Cook from the team's practice squad.
Dalton injured his right thumb trying to recover a fumble on a bad snap in the third quarter Sunday against the Browns.
Dalton immediately went to the locker room to get the thumb examined after the play, which resulted in a turnover and subsequent Browns touchdown. Jeff Driskell is in line to replace him should he miss time.
Dalton completed 19 of 36 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Baltimore. He added a team-leading 29 yards on two carries.
Life without A.J. Green (foot) looked a little better on Sunday, as Dalton appeared to have improved chemistry with his other targets. That included John Ross, with whom he hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, putting Cincy up by eight. It was the second time the two hooked up for a score in as many weeks. Still, it's obvious that the loss of Green temporarily hurts Dalton's value. Dalton has completed just 55.3% of his passes over the past two weeks, as compared to 63.4% in eight games with Green. Moreover, he's posted 6.5 yards per attempt without Green, as compared to 7.2 with him. Baltimore represented a tough test, and things won't get easier in Week 12 against a Cleveland pass defense third in the league in opponent passer rating.
Dalton completed 12 of 20 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Saints. He added an eight-yard run during the contest.
With A.J. Green (foot) out of the lineup, Cincinnati turned to the likes of 2017 first-round pick John Ross. Things went smoothly early on, as he and Dalton connecting for two-yard score in the closing moments of the first quarter to tie up the game. It was downhill from there, as sans his longtime favorite targets like Green and Tyler Eifert (ankle), Dalton and the Bengals' offense stalled. Don't read too much into the interceptions, as one was tipped at the line and the other was a toss to the end zone in the final moments before halftime. Still, if Green is held out into December like reports suggest, Dalton doesn't seem to have the weapons needed to keep the Bengals going, particularly next Sunday against a Ravens defense ranked in the top five in the league in opposing quarterback rating allowed (83.9).
Dalton completed 21 of 34 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bengals' 37-34 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 10 yards.
Dalton was much sharper and productive in the first half, but he remained error-free throughout the contest and was clutch during what would turn out to be the game-winning drive. Dalton connected with A.J. Green for 23 and 11 yards during that possession, leading to Randy Bullock's 44-yard clinching field goal. Despite the late-game success throwing to his No. 1 receiver, Dalton was even more prolific when targeting Tyler Boyd, with whom he connected on nine occasions for 138 yards and a score. Now having thrown multiple touchdowns in two of his last three games, Dalton will look to make it consecutive impressive outings when Cincinnati faces the Saints in a Week 10 interconference showdown following a Week 9 bye.
Dalton completed 15 of 29 pass attempts for 148 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chiefs.
Dalton turned in his worst fantasy line of the season despite facing one of the league's worst pass defenses. Almost all of the veteran's passing yards were on connections with A.J. Green (117 of 148 yards), but he still managed to airmail his top target on a couple of open deep routes. Dalton has seen his yardage and completion percentage decrease in each of his previous three contests, a troubling sign for a fringe starting quarterback in standard leagues. He is scheduled to face a porous Tampa Bay pass defense Week 8, but as we saw Sunday, a soft matchup may not equate to a strong fantasy day.
Dalton completed 26 of 42 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.
Dalton was held to his lowest yardage output of the season, but he still managed to toss multiple scores for the fifth time in six games. With breakout receiver Tyler Boyd -- who caught two touchdowns in this one -- joining A.J. Green on the outside, Dalton should remain a solid pick in two-quarterback leagues for his team's Week 7 matchup with the Titans and beyond.
Dalton completed 20 of 30 passes for 248 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 10 yards on four carries in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Dolphins.
Dalton was nothing special in this one, but Cincinnati's defense scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to help erase a 17-0 third-quarter deficit. The quarterback made a terrific play under duress to hit running back Joe Mixon for an 18-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, sparking Cincinnati's comeback. Dalton opened the season with four consecutive multi-touchdown performances before failing to do so here, but a juicy matchup with Pittsburgh's struggling secondary could help him start a new streak in Week 6.
Dalton completed 29 of 41 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while adding 13 yards on two carries in Sunday's 37-36 win over Atlanta.
Dalton started the game with his full array of aerial weapons available with A.J. Green (pelvis) suiting up. Cincinnati's eighth-year starter hooked up with tight end Tyler Eifert for a 15-yard touchdown on the team's first possession and added a 39-yard score to speedster John Ross in the second quarter. Unfortunately for the Bengals, Eifert later left the game with what looked like a broken leg. Dalton still managed to lead his team to victory, though, taking the lead for good on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Green with seven seconds left. He'll host the Dolphins in Week 5.
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