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Cincinnati Bengals again throw strong support behind Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, Bengals

When the offseason began, there were some questions as to whether or not the Cincinnati Bengals would be bringing back quarterback Andy Dalton, and when the Bengals hired Zac Taylor as their new head coach, that talk only grew louder.

However, Taylor expressed his support for Dalton immediately upon being hired, and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan gave a big vote of confidence to Dalton on Saturday even after Cincinnati took North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

“Andy Dalton is our starting quarterback,” said Callahan, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer. “That has not changed. That will not change. We think very highly of Andy. We think competition is good. It will be good for the position and the backup spot for sure.”

Dalton is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played just 11 games due to a thumb injury that landed him on the injured reserve list. When he was on the field, he threw for 2,566 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing 61.9 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 89.6.

The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate football at TCU, was originally selected by the Bengals in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Since then, Dalton has gone on to make three Pro Bowls, but his inconsistent play under center has driven some Cincinnati fans to want a change at quarterback.

But, based on what the Bengals have been saying, it doesn’t appear that that change is coming any time soon.