Bengals are one of the deepest NFL teams heading into the 2016 season. There is no shortage of competition, however, with who will be one and two on the depth chart
The Cincinnati Bengals are primed to again be the deepest team at almost every position in the AFC North and the NFL. There are a few positions that aren’t even in question, but there are plenty of positions open for the taking, especially in the number two slot.
QB1: Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton was one of the best quarterbacks last season, before a season ending hand injury sidelined him in week 14. In, hands down, his best season of his early career, Dalton was on pace for 4,200 yards in passing on 336 completions, and a 33 passing touchdown year.
However, his 2015 season did end early but still one that was better than most quarterbacks in the league, finishing second in passer rating at 106.2, finished seventh in completion percentage with 66.1 (passers with more than 100 completions), and second in yards per completion. Earning him not only another year as starting quarterback, but silencing some critics who wanted to see him replaced.
QB2: A.J. McCarron
A.J. McCarron is one of the best backups in the NFL. It could even be argued that he played himself into a starting role after going 2-2 and leading the Bengals to a near playoff win, if not for the unfortunate defensive events.
McCarron, however, is a big piece in the Bengals depth. The organization saw how important a good backup is when Dalton went down and were only minutes from what most Bengals fans would call the impossible task, winning a playoff game. He didn’t do it by scoring a ton, but limited his mistakes and kept the Steelers from great field position.
McCarron finished 2015, regular season, with 79 completions, 854 passing yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. His passer rating was 97.1 and completed 66.4 percent of his passes. He could be starting on half of the NFL teams after what he showed last season. The Bengals are lucky to have a backup with starting potential.
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