Andy Dalton Fantasy News

Bengals TE Gresham leaves game with injured knee
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 9:07pm - [Full Article]

TE Jermaine Gresham has become the latest Cincinnati Bengals player to exit a preseason contest due to injury.

The tight end appeared to hyperextend his right knee late in the first quarter of the Bengals' matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Andy Dalton connected with Gresham, who made pretty spin move before being pulled down after a 25-yard gain.

Gresham was limping on the sidelines, but didn't show any signs of having a serious injury. The Bengals quickly announced he would not return to the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports seem to indicate it's not a serious injury and the team is just being cautious. Be sure to monitor his situation heading into your draft. We rank Gresham 9th among our TEs, and is a nice option to wait on as higher rated TEs likely go off the board early and often. He's someone to consider if you didn't want to use a high pick on the TE position and has an ADP of the 11th round.


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Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:36pm

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

One person who is not fazed, three practices into camp is quarterback Andy Dalton.

“It hasn’t been perfect but that’s what camp is for, trying to find the mistakes and correct them,” Dalton said.

Over the weekend, it seemed to be a combination of everything – timing, drops, balls tipped at the line by defensive linemen. Being as though we are only three practices in, it’s not something to get overly concerned about yet, but most thought that the offense would be a little further ahead right now.

When it comes to the deep routes, Dalton has been inconsistent so far. The only receiver he has been consistent with is A.J. Green.

Friday, July 6, 2012, 11:24am

NFL Films - [Full Article]

Greg Cosell of NFL Films on QB Christian Ponder:

There were a number of throws in which Ponder showed the essential ability to move within the pocket to avoid the pass rush, maintain downfield focus and then deliver with accuracy. He also provided the added dimension of getting outside the pocket in response to pressure and using his speed to generate explosive gains.

Ponder must improve as a progression reader. Last season, he had a tendency to pre-determine throws — a common problem for young, inexperienced quarterbacks.

When I re-visited Ponder last month, I found myself more intrigued by his pure throwing ability. That arm strength is a real positive, just like I figured it would be when Ponder was coming out of Florida State.

Ponder, however, is not as advanced as Bengals QB Andy Dalton when it comes to anticipation and accuracy.

Friday, July 6, 2012, 11:22am

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Greg Cosell of NFL Films on Bengals QB Andy Dalton:

He clearly played well; that’s inarguable. He was poised and composed in the pocket, threw with timing and anticipation and was consistently accurate. His quick, compact delivery, in tandem with his natural anticipation, compensated for his arm-strength limitations. It was evident breaking down the tape that Gruden did an outstanding job maximizing Dalton’s efficiency. The route combinations and reading progressions were more elementary than advanced. That played to Dalton’s strength as a timing and rhythm passer with touch and accuracy.

Yet, there were instances in which his inability to drive the ball with velocity was a negative factor. As is always the case, those situations tend to arise more frequently, and are magnified, in the more important late season and playoff games, against better defenses. When the 2011 season ended, I viewed Dalton as a good young quarterback with defined strengths and some limitations.

When I returned to Dalton last month and drilled down deeper, I was more impressed. Here’s why: Quarterbacks who are not strong, power throwers must have two attributes in order to compensate: anticipation and accuracy. And they must possess those traits to a highly refined degree to be top-level NFL signal callers. Dalton routinely displayed outstanding anticipation. There were many intermediate throws in which he pulled the trigger well before the receiver began his break. What must supplement that kind of anticipation is precise ball location. Dalton had it. Time and again, he hit the strike point, putting the ball right on his receivers’ hands.

HC Lewis: Jermaine Gresham is "a different man"
Thursday, July 5, 2012, 10:42am

ESPN AFC North - [Full Article]

The Bengals expect to receive increased production out of tight end Jermaine Gresham. It's not just because he's more experienced. It's the result of one particular experience.

"Jermaine going to the Pro Bowl last year was the best teaching, coaching experience we could ever have with him for him to mature," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "He's a different man – very, very confident in himself."

QB Andy Dalton believes he's more in sync with Gresham this year.

“In the first year in the offense last year, there was definitely a learning curve," Dalton said. "But for us being in our second year (playing together), we can talk about things and understand things, or relate to a game last year. Things like that. He’s done a good job of coming in and getting a good feel for what’s going on. I think definitely he might catch some more balls this year, just from having a little bit better understanding of the offense and what we’re trying to do.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gresham has the talent to become a bona fide fantasy TE1. His 108 receptions in his first two seasons is the 12th-most in the history of the league. With Jerome Simpson gone, it's unlikely that the 105 targets he saw in 2011 are going to whoever wins Cincy's WR2 job. That means that Gresham could see an increase in the 92 targets (11th among TEs) he received last season.

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:21pm

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Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. on Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham: "Gresham will only be 24 years old when the 2012 season begins. The best is in front of Gresham, and I expect a breakout season this year. In fact, behind A.J. Green, I expect Gresham to be the second targeted receiver in Cincinnati's passing attack. Andy Dalton is not a big-armed passer and struggles to drive the ball deep downfield, but Dalton can be very effective inside the numbers, which again favors Gresham to see a lot of action going forward. The Bengals, now, need to get Gresham more involved downfield."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 11:24am - [Full Article]

The Patriots have "The Gronk" and the Bengals are hoping TE Jermaine Gresham (a.k.a. "The Gresh") turns into quarterback Andy Dalton's X-Factor as his first non-A.J. Green option down the field.

OC Jay Gruden has been pushing Gresham to be more meticulous with his assignments and he wasn't happy after Tuesday's practice, where Gruden said he had a "major" mistake. But he can also see the progress.

"Jermaine has got to work at it every day, no question about it," Gruden said. "He's come a long way with his route discipline and knowledge of the offense with the run game, especially. Just have to keep repping him. Some of the concepts where he has to read coverages on the move he has to get better at."

"We've got to do a good job getting him more involved downfield and he's got to make sure he's more accountable for the quarterback," Gruden said. "The quarterback has to feel the confidence he can go to Jermaine when Jermaine is ready and in the right spot. When he gets to that point I would expect him to put up some strong numbers."

Fantasy Impact:

With Jerome Simpson gone, it's unlikely that the 105 targets he saw in 2011 are going to whoever wins Cincy's WR2 job. That means that Gresham could see an increase in the 92 targets (11th among TEs) he received last season.

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 10:14am - [Full Article]

After the 16-game pounding and the 24-hour flu bug before the playoff game shriveled Bengals QB Andy Dalton to 208 pounds, he felt like he needed to get stronger in the weight room.

But while Dalton lived with the weights he also watched tape of his rookie struggles with the long ball and he knew he needed to make putting more meat on his deep passes one of his offseason priorities.

Under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, Cincinnati's maven of mechanics, Dalton is reportedly going long better and easier than he did last year. No one, not Zampese, not offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, questions Dalton's arm strength. For Dalton, the long ball starts with the legs, not the arm.

In the games that have already begun, which are merely pitch-and-catch with his receivers, Dalton has reportedly looked sharp. His fastball seems to have more zip to some. Gruden isn't sure about all that but says Dalton looks stronger and in one throwing session this week word was he hit all but one deep "Go" route, with the only incompletion a drop.

Fantasy Impact:

Dalton's first year in the league was overshadowed by Cam Newton's historic rookie season. Dalton finished as fantasy's QB15 with 3,398 yards, 20 TDs versus 13 INTs, and also had the 11th-most rushing yards (152) by a QB. He is one of four rookie QBs (Newton, Peyton Manning and Jim Kelly) to throw for at least 3,000 yards and 20 TDs. He's currently the #18 QB off the board in the 11th round, and represents good value at that point in the draft. He doesn't have a ton of upside, but he'd be a good QBBC contributor or fantasy backup.

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Andy Dalton (flu) returns to practice
Thursday, January 5, 2012, 12:47pm

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is feeling better, thank you very much. He was back on the practice field today after a bout with a nasty bug.

“I feel great. It was a tough day [Wednesday], but I feel a lot better than I did. I’ll be out there practicing and be ready to go,” Dalton said (via the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy). “It was just a one-day thing. It was kind of out of nowhere. But I feel good now, so that’s a good thing.”

Dalton sought treatment, receiving fluids via IV, at a hospital for his flu-like symptoms after missing practice Wednesday and, Coach Marvin Lewis said in a Sirius interview, spent the night “by the sink and toilet.” Dalton did his best to prepare for the Bengals’ wild-card game Saturday against the Houston Texans and has a bit of a break because the Bengals played the Texans less than a month ago. (Houston won 20-19 on Dec. 11 in Cincinnati.)

Monday, December 5, 2011, 11:25am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

With trainers looking at Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter and the score out of hand, the Bengals put in Bruce Gradkowski.

Dalton said after the game that he was fine and he looked to be walking normally in the locker room.

"He was hurting a little bit and we can't risk him getting hurt," AJ Green said. "We're still in the hunt for the playoffs. No sense in him getting hurt for the rest of the season."

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Monday, October 31, 2011, 11:29am

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Jermaine Gresham worked out on the field before the game and was listed as probable on Friday, but the tight end was a late scratch because of a hamstring that he tweaked in practice last week.

The Bengals’ second-leading receiver was replaced by Donald Lee, who entered the game with only two catches this season but added two more in the first half.

Then in the third quarter, Lee came up with a key 26-yard reception on third down when Andy Dalton hit him with a bullet across the middle.

Vikings to discuss QB change
Monday, October 17, 2011, 8:06am

1500 ESPN Minnesota - [Full Article]

The Christian Ponder era has begun for the Minnesota Vikings.

The only question is whether it will continue with a start next weekend.

"We're going sit down on Monday and just talk about a lot of things and just decide on what direction we want to go," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Ponder made his NFL debut with 14 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, who led 39-10 and sacked starter Donovan McNabb five times.

"I don't see it ending like this, as you say," McNabb said. "But it's tough. You're one-and-five at this particular point. I felt like we did a lot of great things (Sunday). But I guess we'll sit down to talk, but I still expect to be in there next week."

Ponder was 9-of-17 passing for 99 yards (52.9%) and a 70.5 rating over two drives, both ending with fourth-down passes caught short of the first-down marker. But the rookie first-round picks's skills were on display as he repeatedly escaped pressure and made several rhythm throws into tight windows.

Fantasy Impact:

Whether or not the Vikings 1-5 record has to do with McNabb or not, the veteran QB's days seem to be numbered as a starter for Minnesota. With many rookie QBs already seeing time, like Andy Dalton and Blaine Gabbert, playing Ponder seems like the way to go at this point for the Vikes.

McNabb wasn't a great fantasy QB anyway, and while Ponder may have some potential, he's probably not worth putting in your lineup just yet. As always, keep an eye on him and his progress if he's named the starter.