Two players on offense that have impressed me are Andy Dalton and Jermaine Gresham. Yes, both fumbled this past Sunday in a thrilling win over the Green Bay Packers, but both also have had big contributions in their two wins. Dalton’s total QBR this season is 9th among all quarterbacks, and his 67% completion percentage is much more effective than last season.
Dalton also has the benefit of working with one of the most explosive rookies in Giovani Bernard, who is just a human highlight reel.
Another player as before mentioned, is Jermaine Gresham. Gresham has been catching nearly everything thrown his way and is looking for contact down field and dragging defenders for many yards after contact.
Gresham has always looked like Lebron James in shoulder pads and with the Bengals drafting Tyler Eifert in the first round, Gresham might be feeling the heat. Either way, Gresham is making the most of his opportunities and it looks like the offseason work that he and Andy Dalton have put in together is really paying off.
On the flipside, two players that need to step their game up, include two superstars, A.J. Green and Geno Atkins. It feels weird even suggesting this, but they do need to step up. A.J. Green is going to be fine, but with missing some camp, he does appear to be a little rusty.
Anyone can tell that he and Andy Dalton are not always on the same page and for a guy who is known for his sure-hands, having balls bounce off of them is also uncharacteristic.
Again, A.J. will put all the pressure on himself to be successful and will have another outstanding pro-bowl year. Atkins, the $55 million dollar man, has been just average so far in 2013. He has been getting some run stopping pressure up the middle, but looks to be getting blocked rather easily in a one on one situation.
Atkins just appears to be less physical at the point of attack and not imposing his will like we’ve seen in the past. Does this mean he is done? Absolutely not. One thing Geno Atkins is, is a pro. He will bounce back and continue to step his game up and really get after the quarterback, starting this week in Cleveland.