Andy Dalton Fantasy News
RG3 starting to look like his old self
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:53am
“He looks more comfortable, because he don’t have to worry about that brace,” Moss said. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind, because he couldn’t do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we’re out there in conditioning and stuff, he’s running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin.”
Which reminded me that Chris Cooley recently hit a local field with Griffin, and had a similarly rave review. This was before Griffin was permitted to work out with his teammates at Redskins Park; Cooley instead took the QB to his own gym, Lifetime Fitness near Ashburn. The men took turns running routes and throwing passes to each other.
“It’s unbelievable,” Cooley reported. “He’s another person right now. I was like, ‘you’re running unbelievably well.’ It was silly to watch….When you watch him run, you’re like ‘You’re a freak. You’re seriously a freak.’ ”
Griffin is a bounce back candidate now that he's another year removed from his ACL surgery and is able to discard the knee brace which obviously limited his mobility in 2013. Jay Gruden coaxed top 5 fantasy numbers out of Andy Dalton, so it's not inconceivable that he could do the same with RG3. It doesn't hurt that the Redskins have plenty of weapons in the passing game (e.g. Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed).
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Bengals want to run the ball more
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:26pm
Hue Jackson is taking over as offensive coordinator after spending the 2013 season coaching Bengals running backs. In 2010, he was the offensive coordinator in Oakland before getting promoted to head coach in '11. The Bengals signed his quarterback from those two teams, Jason Campbell, last month in part to give Andy Dalton a veteran voice at the position that he hasn't really had throughout his career.
"You have to have the threat of running the ball and the threat of being a physical unit in order to last for the duration of the season," Jackson said on the radio interview.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:34pm
"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," Lewis said. "He can get back focusing on football. He doesn't have to go into the season and worry about this contract thing, every week someone is going to ask him a question … all those things that come into play later on. Let's get it behind us."
Despite some early playoff exits, the Bengals are committed to keeping Dalton around. However, he's still a QB2/committee-type of fantasy QB.
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:23pm
Gruden: "I'm going to let [RG3] be himself."
Monday, January 20, 2014, 1:09pm
“I worked with Andy Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him,” Gruden said. “With Robert, we’ll obviously use his skill set differently. When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive. I’m not going to try to turn RG3 into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn’t them. They’re not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”
Griffin's fantasy value will be a hotly debated topic heading into 2014 drafts. On a per game basis he was the #3 QB in his rookie season, but finished #17 in the same category in 2013. If he's healthy, he should be a fantasy QB1.
Marvin Lewis defends Andy Dalton
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:35am
“He’s won big games for us and he’ll continue to win big games. We ask a lot out of him, there’s no doubt about it. He just finished his third season of doing it. I believe in his abilities, I believe in his makeup, I believe in his maturity and I believe in his ability to let the last play go and move on to the next play. That’s probably one of his best attributes along with his abilities,” Lewis said. "He had another very good season. He’s progressed well. We need to continue to do things to make his job just easier and easier to do, and make sure to continue to be repetitive with what we do for him, and continue to let the players around him continue to get better, and they continue to get better and that’s all we have to work at."
Apparently Dalton was looking for that assurance. After taking part in three turnovers in his third straight poor postseason performance, Dalton is under terrific heat from fans and pundits despite his three-year starting record in the regular season of 30-18 as one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to lead his team to the postseason in his first three years as a pro.
It sounds as if the Bengals will not make a change at QB this offseason.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:14pm
During the first week of camp, the rookie tight end has pulled down 10 or more catches a day from Andy Dalton in 11-on-11 drills while also showing improvement as a run blocker. With A.J. Green out for all but one practice, the first-round draft pick is definitely Dalton's favorite target.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 4:24pm
He's the crop's best runner, he can throw it deep, and he knows the system. Meanwhile, John Skelton is adjusting to the West Coast offense and Zac Robinson is bouncing back from missing the last part of the spring workouts when he rested his arm.
Johnson looks like the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, who we rank 17th with an ADP of the 12th round.
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10:01am
ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley on WR Mohamed Sanu: "I saw him at the mandatory minicamp and he looked rusty in the one practice that I watched. Sanu dropped a couple of easy passes. But that could have been an "off" day for him. I expect him to start next to Green this year."
Wer'e also expecting Sanu to start for the Bengals. He never broke the 50-yard mark in 2012, but he did score four TDs in three games and could surprise as the Bengals' WR2 in 2013. He'll benefit from all the attention teams will pay to A.J. Green and Andy Dalton is a capable quarterback.
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 11:57am
The Bengals got started on their new tight end-heavy passing game yesterday at the start of a weekend rookie minicamp. A lot of the focus was on Eifert, chosen in the first round to give quarterback Andy Dalton another target.
Eifert lined up in a lot of different spots at Notre Dame. Judging by the first day of practice in Cincinnati, he’s going to be doing the same thing in the NFL.
“A lot of the things I’m learning are a lot of the same plays we had in with two tight ends — move me around in different positions,” Eifert said. “Today I was out in the slot quite a bit. I think I’m picking it up pretty fast.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:28pm
Bengals WR Mohammed Sanu confirms 100 percent: 'No nagging pain.'
Injury Report for MNF: Bengals @ Ravens
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 6:17pm
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (kne)
DE Carlos Dunlap (knee), RB Bernard Scott (hand)
CB Jason Allen (quadricep)
T Jah Reid (calf)
CB Asa Jackson (illness)
S Sean Considine (head), LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder)
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:32pm
Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham can be a Rob Gronkowski type, OC Jay Gruden believes. But it will take time. It’s not as easy as drawing a play and practicing it. Gresham needs to study defenses on film, grasp what’s going on around him, develop the trust with Andy Dalton that Green has. Then. . .
"He’s still very important as a blocker," Gruden said. "Jermaine’s a good blocker. Fantasy football people forget that."
How much of a fantasy is it to see Gresham assuming the Gronk Lite role? The Bengals need a second receiver, to take some of the heat off Green. (Though, Green did get to the Pro Bowl last year with Jerome Simpson on the other side, so maybe it’s not as huge a deal as we’re making it out to be.)