Thursday, August 8, 2013

Top 10 Quarterbacks 25 and Under: Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has really started to step into the franchise quarterback role in Cincinnati. He has made a big step in year two. He has improved himself as a quarterback and as a leader. His passes are more accurate and he can place balls into tight windows. A.J. Green gets most of the credit for the Bengals offensive success, and he well deserves it becoming in, my opinion, the 2nd best wide out in the NFL. But, Dalton is another great component of his offense especially because he is the center of it, being the one who throws the passes into such tight windows allowing Green and the other Bengals wide outs to make the catches that have made them a playoff caliber offense. He is also criticized so harshly for not having a strong arm but he can throw the deep ball pretty well.
He is not as naturally gifted as most of the other QBs in the NFL which is why he has to improve more than most QB’s. He does not play well in big games, which is when his weaknesses start to show. He gets antsy in the pocket and becomes inaccurate. This is also when his deep ball becomes inaccurate and he will completely miss wide open receivers. It will be interesting to see how he develops and will perform in the playoffs next year (assuming they make it).
Bottom line
 I am higher on Dalton then most people are and I think he has a lot of upside and took a big leap this year. While he is not a very clutch QB he has a chance to develop into one who can be. In the draft this year the Bengals upgraded an already good offense and defense which should also help Dalton become at the very least a valuable game manager

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