Pros: Andy Dalton enters his second year in the NFL after having a truly spectacular rookie season. During the offseason,Dalton has built muscle mass and has been working on his footwork to improve his deep ball. With one full season of the pace of the NFL under his belt, and a full offseason to work with coaches and teammates, Dalton should be capable of improving upon his 2011 numbers and should be poised for success in the 2012 season.
Cons: Dalton will be working with new wide receivers this season and it is still up in the air as to how long it will take for him to be on the same page as them and develop chemistry and timing. The largest fear for the Bengals’ quarterback in 2012 is the dreaded ‘sophomore slump’. Dalton could be poised to have such a slump after he had a great rookie season and now teams have a full season of tape on him and opposing defenses can game plan accordingly.