Last week, Andy Dalton revealed he's been cleared to throw and now, we can put his 2015 thumb injury behind us.
To celebrate, Dalton will be taking a trip out west to visit Tom House at USC, according to Bengals.com. House, the pitching -- and quarterbacks coach -- who Dalton has worked with during the past few offseason, has helped refine the play of many NFL quarterbacks including Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel and Alex Smith.
"It feels good to be able to do something, but I still want to take it slowly," Dalton told Bengals.com about returning from the thumb injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season and the Bengals' Wild Card game.
Dalton will be going to Los Angeles for four days next week, and plans to visit House and coach Adam Dedeaux in California a few more times this offseason. Typically, Dalton has made these visits with a few of his wide receivers, but this year, with the uncertainty surrounding the wide receiver position, it's unclear who will be accompanying Dalton on his trip.
Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are set to hit free agency on Wednesday and many rumors are popping up regarding where they may be playing in 2016. The Bengals will reportedly make a push to re-sign Jones, but many teams are also interested in him. Additionally, Bengals.com notes the Giants are "stalking" Sanu, but only time well tell what happens with each.
"It's a different situation than what we've been in since I've been here," Dalton said of the Bengals outlook at wide receiver. "I obviously want the best for them [Jones and Sanu]. But selfishly I want them both back. I understand the business side of it. They have to do what's best for them and their family. I would love to have both Marvin and Mo back."
Behind A.J. Green, the Bengals' wide receiver group for 2016, currently under contract, consists of Mario Alford, Jake Kumerow, Brandon Tate, James Wright and Michael Bennett.
We'll have to wait and see if Jones or Sanu make the trip with Dalton, or if any other Bengals receivers attend.