Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton hasn't made it a secret that he's a leader. He told Artell Hawkins last week that one of the goals it taking the bull by the horns.
"Establish the leadership," Dalton told Hawkins last week. "Let every body know what the standard is and we're not going to settle for anything less. That's a big thing coming into my third year now. It's not a whole lot of learning the offense, not a whole lot of learn what the defense is going to be doing against us or anything like that. It's setting the standard of what to expect and what I expect of the other guys. That's the biggest thing going into this year. It's not necessarily all the X's and O's. I mean that's a apart of it, but to show every body what's expected of us."
Dalton is reiterating those points on Thursday.
"I think I've really taken control of this offense," Dalton told the media Thursday morning preceding the team's first training camp practice. "I'm doing everything they ask me to do."
Dalton also reiterated the points that quarterbacks are expected to be a leader, both in the huddle and by example.
Dalton: "You have to make sure the other guys trust you. A quarterback has to take control."— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 25, 2013
Dalton: That's how it should be. QB is the leader.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 25, 2013
The Bengals will hold their first practice at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.