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Bengals QB Andy Dalton doesn’t feel ‘any extra pressure’ heading into the season

Andy Dalton, Bengals

Despite all the changes made this offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals have high hopes for a potential resurgence in the 2019 NFL season. It is safe to say that any success they enjoy this year will be indicative of Dalton’s performance.

This is a crucial season for Dalton to prove he is still capable of leading the offense. According to ESPN’s Ben Baby, he does not feel an added sense of pressure.

“I don’t feel like there’s any extra pressure,” Dalton said. “I feel like for me and this team, I think we have high expectations for ourselves. I’m not worried about any other added pressure or anything. I’m just worried about winning.”

The Bengals have ushered in some significant changes this offseason. Dalton is expected to serve as a stabilizing factor while they continue to find their footing. Regardless, there is plenty of speculation regarding his long-term future under center.

There is no question that Dalton is coming off a rough 2018 campaign. Although his numbers have always been middle of the pack, they took a severe hit when his season was cut short due to a thumb injury. The Bengals have since put an emphasis on making improvements to the offense by bringing in former Los Angeles Rams offensive assistant Zac Taylor to replace head coach Marvin Lewis.

Dalton is entering the final two years of his deal and can finally be cut by Cincinnati without them having to owe him any money. The veteran will need to enjoy a productive 2019 campaign if he hopes to remain under center.