Andy Dalton joined the guys on The SiriusXM Blitz to talk briefly about the Bengals' draft picks, specifically the first-round pick of tight end Tyler Eifert and the second-round pick Giovani Bernard.
When asked about his thoughts on the team grabbing another talented tight end in the first round, Dalton said he thinks he's going to be a great addition to the team.
"Yeah, I knew going in that we liked him a lot," Dalton said. "You never know what's going to happen and you never know who's going to fall where. When he was still there when we were picking, I was kind of hoping we would pick him. It turned out that we did, and I think he's going to be a great addition for us.
"His biggest thing is he's versatile. He played everywhere, all the receiver spots, at Notre Dame. He's going to be a guy we're going to be able to move around -- split him out wide at receiver, put him in the slot, put him at tight end -- do different things with him and it's really going to help our offense. We'll be able to get different looks from defenses just for having him on the field and having another tight end out there. I think it's going to be great."
Dalton feels the same way about the selection of Bernard.
"Again, you never know if they're going to go defense or where they're going to go with the pick," he said. "I knew we were very high on Giovani. I was very happy to get those two guys, especially with our first two picks."
Dalton's final question was whether or not he was concerned that the Bengals may not make the strides everyone hopes they will with the extra talent added this offseason and the extra experience the team's younger players gained in 2012. Dalton said that's not a concern at all and he expects to be back in the playoffs in 2013.
"That's not the focus at all," Dalton said. "I know the amount of work we've been putting in and the with our attitude going in that we expect to be better. We're not expecting to not improve. I think that's all you can ask, we have a young team, we have a lot of guys who are first, second or third-year players that know the more time we're out there playing, the better we're going to be. I expect to improve, I expect to be better than we were the year before. We've made two playoff appearances in the last two years and I expect to go back there again."
Dalton said he plans to head to Paul Brown Stadium during rookie minicamp to see the new rookies first hand. It will still be a while before the entire team gets together, though.