CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 23-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has identified traits and trends that he needs to work on to improve his overall game. Over the course of the offseason Dalton reportedly added weight while working on his deep pass, allowing his continued evolution as an NFL quarterback to reportedly show early results with some observers writing that his deep pass is being thrown with a bit of ease. But it's not just physical either. It's as much mental and technique as anything.
"When I threw my Go ball, I wasn’t very good last year," Dalton said. "I know there were sometimes I was rushing my drop because I felt like I had to get back quicker than I really had to. I thought there was going to be pressure when there wasn't really going to be pressure. Little things mentally. I knew what was going on, but I'd go back quicker and when I did I'd step on my back foot. The ball wasn't where I wanted it to be.
There are times that we have to remember that Dalton is only entering his second-year, with a limited-number 17 games (including the playoff game) under his belt. Despite all of that Dalton, thanks to the Super Bowl, finished his rookie season as a Pro Bowl quarterback while challenging many franchise rookie records last year.
Dalton finished his rookie season completing 58.1 percent of his throws (300 for 516), for 3,398 yards passing, 20 touchdowns against 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 80.4.