Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has dealt with a lot of criticism concerning his arm strength. Leading up to the 2011 draft, many pegged him as a good leader, but felt his ability to go deep was limited. After the Bengals drafted him with the 35th overall pick, criticism heightened and he was labeled as physically limited; lacking athleticism and a strong arm. People in the Bengals organization even had their doubts, but Dalton quieted the non-believers during a preseason win against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.
With this throw, Dalton proved he posses the necessary strength and accuracy to be a successful NFL quarterback. The 55-yard pass hit wide receiver A.J. Green in perfect stride and put him in excellent position to score, but more importantly it seemed Dalton was not completely exerting himself in order to make the throw.
In a postage interview, the normally reserved Dalton made sure all of his critics are witnessing his improvement. “My arm feels great,” claimed the 24-year-old, “and you can tell everybody that it’s not even close to what I’ve got if I need it.” Last year, Dalton had a respectable rookie season and led the Bengals to a 9-7 record after the team finished just 4-12 a year earlier. Despite his success, many, including offensive coordinator Jay Gruden felt he needed to improve accuracy on his deep ball. The two watched countless hours of film and found 15 deep passes that left points on the board due to inaccuracy. They have been working on improve his accuracy and the practice seems to have paid off.
Dalton was not perfect on Thursday; in fact he overthrew Green just a few plays earlier in the drive, but it is clear he is taking steps in the right direction. He finished the game 8-for-14 with 125 yards and a touchdown, and three of the completions were over 22 yards. The Bengals have a strong core of receivers, and boast new depth with the emergence of former Rutgers star Mohamed Sanu. The third-round pick has learned all three primary receiver spots this summer and caught a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on Thursday. His versatility will certainly have a positive impact on the offense. With an improved quarterback and talented group of receivers, look for the Bengals to beat last year’s 9-7 record this season.
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