We're almost completely sure that the Bengals will not go into the 2011 season with only Andy Dalton, Jordan Palmer and Dan LeFevour as the three quarterbacks on their depth chart, mostly because all three of them have combined to throw a whole 15 passes in the NFL for 59 yards and two interceptions. The Bengals will almost certainly sign a veteran quarterback to add some experience (by experience I mean more than 15 passes) to the position. What we're not completely sure of, though, is what kind of quarterback the Bengals will attempt to sign.
Do they want a veteran who will start the 2011 season to create a Jon Kitna/Carson Palmer situation for young Dalton? Or, would they rather let Dalton take the reins in his rookie year and sign a veteran to serve as a back up? Who knows?
What we do know, though, is that Dalton is taking his future in his own hands. According to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson, Dalton will be working out with skilled position players in California.
@kinger422 23-27 The skilled position guys an I are going to link up with big red (Andy Dalton)in cali.
We first reported about Jordan Palmer and LeFevour organizing workouts with Bengals receivers in Southern California in mid-April, before the draft. It's unclear as to whether or not Dalton is taking part in these workouts as well or if he's organized hid own thing.
Either way, it's nice to see that Dalton is taking the initiative to get to know his new receivers early. If the lockout is lifted soon, Dalton wil have some experience under his belt heading into camp, but if the owners are granted their request for an extended stay, Dalton's experience with his receiving corps (and their experience with him) could prove to be invaluable by the time the season rolls around.