While golfing with some of his newest teammates in Louisiana during Andrew Whitworth's charity golf outing earlier this week, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joined Nuno and Raheel on 1560AM in Houston, Texas (h/t yurintroubl). Here's a transcript of a few of his questions related to the NFL and the Bengals -- he also talks about returning to his home town, and other things we didn't transcribe.
About the quarterback uncertainty in Cincinnati.
"I have to prepare myself whether I'm going to be the starter, or whether I'm going to be the backup or whatever the situation is. I'm going to go in and work really hard and do whatever I can to put myself in position when I get my chance to play. That it be early or later on, I'll be able to play well."
About the lockout and not being able to work with coaches.
"It does make it tough for rookies this year. But we're trying to do the best we can with what we're capable of doing. I know in a couple of weeks we're going to be getting together with all of the skill guys out in California, we're going to be throwing and working out together just to kinda get everybody on the same page starting off. We're trying to do everything we can right now. Give it the best shot once we can get into camp and work with the coaches."
About the Draft day and waiting to get the call.
"It can be a stressful day to figure out the draft process and the draft just because you have no idea what's going to happen. After not going on the first day, I felt like I was going to early on the second day and that's what happened when I got the call from Marvin Lewis, I was excited and ready to get in and get to work."
How excited is he to meet Chad?
"I haven't had a chance to meet him yet, but it's definitely going to be cool to meet him just because I watched him play for a long time."
Partnership with A.J. Green.
"It's cool to get to work with A.J., and hopefully we'll get to be together pretty soon and to throw with each other. He's a great player and I'm excited to get to play with him.
About not having a playbook to work with during the lockout.
"I've reached out to some guys just to see all of the information I can get. Once we get all together out in California, we'll all be on the same page and work through everything that we know. That's just going to be beneficial for us to get out and work with every body."