Next year Dalton will not only have A.J. Green, but Jones, Sanu, Gresham, and now Eifert, all supposedly full health going into Week 1 of the regular season.
That’s an offensive lineup that can and will give defensive coordinators nightmares on Saturday nights before games. In fact, the only problem I can foresee is getting playing time for all of our young stars.
In the NFL, credit has always largely gone to the quarterbacks and the wide receivers. The tight ends are usually input into an offense in a supporting role.
Ever since New England drafted Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, that idea has suffered quite a few cracks at its foundation.
Because of the huge success that Ttom Brady’s offense has had, Cincinnati is drawing a great deal of comparisons to the Patriots’ style of play since they drafted another potential star tight end.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the comparison. I mean, have you seen the Patriots’ offense?
What I will say is that Andy Dalton is a bit of a long shot to ever become another Tom Brady. That’s not a bash on Dalton. It’s just the facts. I think Jason Marcum, editor of Stripe Hype, put it perfectly when he predicted last year for Dalton to have “a floor of Chad Pennington and a ceiling of Matt Ryan.”
There is nothing wrong with having Matt Ryan as your man under center.
And as Dalton continues to develop, the weapons he will have in his third year will certainly make his job a lot easier.