Andy Dalton Fantasy News
HC Lewis: Jermaine Gresham is "a different man"
Thursday, July 5, 2012, 10:42am
"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.”
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.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:21pm
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
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."
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
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.
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.
Andy Dalton (flu) returns to practice
Thursday, January 5, 2012, 12:47pm
“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
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."
Monday, October 31, 2011, 11:29am
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
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.
"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.
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.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 5:52pm
Medical tests Tuesday revealed no serious damage to Cincinnati Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton‘s wrist area, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos remains in doubt, according to a league source.
Dalton was knocked from the Bengals’ season-opening win over the Cleveland Browns during the second half and did not return.
The X-rays conducted on Sunday were normal, and other tests showed no serious injury, but the injury could limit his ability to practice early this week. For a rookie quarterback who already missed offseason workouts because of the lockout, that would be significant.
Dalton said he is hopeful of playing Sunday, but it’s hardly out of the question that Bruce Gradkowski, who led the Bengals to the comeback win against Cleveland, will end up getting the start in Week 2.