During this off season, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has gained 7.6 pounds of muscle. He says he wasn’t happy with how he performed on his deep passes. He went as far as to say that he wasn’t very good at the deep ball and is striving to improve it:
When I threw my Go ball, I wasn’t very good last year. I know there were sometimes I was rushing my drop because I felt like I had to get back quicker than I really had to. I thought there was going to be pressure when there wasn’t really going to be pressure. Little things mentally. I knew what was going on, but I’d go back quicker and when I did I’d step on my back foot. The ball wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I’d rush the top of the drop. I’m not hitting that fifth step, hitching up, and getting it out. It’s a hit the fifth step, kind of have to gather, and then hitch, and then try to throw it, so the timing is off.
I love the honesty. Bengal fans knew that Dalton didn’t have the strongest arm when he was drafted, but he was known as a technician and would work through it. Most of his interceptions last year came on his passes over thirty yards. He has been working on footwork and core, and 7 pounds of muscle, to ensure a stronger and more accurate deep pass. Bengal fans should be excited to see this offense this year, especially when preseason shows who the number two receiver will be! Who Dey all! Read the story and interview from Geoff Hobson on Bengals.com.