The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback had a blunt response to the hype surrounding his rookie teammate, who was drafted second overall in April.
Andy Dalton has a blunt response to the hype surrounding Justin Fields, who is being touted as a possible future NFL quarterback.
Andy Dalton, the Bears’ starting quarterback, had some harsh comments about becoming the team’s starter.
Andy Dalton isn’t going down without a fight. He wants everyone to know he’s the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback, and he’s not concerned with anything else, least of all the hoopla surrounding the youngster selected to take his position.
Dalton addressed questions regarding the team’s rookie quarterback Justin Fields when meeting with the media at Halas Hall on July 27, and his answers weren’t short or snippy, but rather matter-of-fact.
When asked what he thought of all the attention Fields has gotten since being selected in April, Dalton responded as follows:
“I mean, it’s a perk of the job. He was drafted in the first round. That is something I am aware of. But I also recognize that I am the starter, and I am aware that I signed a one-year contract. Regardless of the circumstances, I knew I was going to come in and be the starter. That’s where I’m concentrating my efforts. I’m not concerned about what’s going to happen with Justin since it has no bearing on me. At the end of the day, it’s what I’m going to do and how I’m going to accomplish it. Justin and I have a great connection, and I try to assist him as much as possible.”
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‘I’m sure I’ll be making big plays, too,’ Dalton says.
Last season, Dalton appeared in 11 games for the Dallas Cowboys, starting nine of them after Dak Prescott was hurt. He threw for 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions on 64.9 percent of his throws. Although he had his second-highest completion % of his career, which is a good indication, his 6.5 yards per attempt was the lowest of his 10-year career. If he wants to remain ahead of Fields, who is also much more dynamic with his legs, he’ll have to work on it.
With the Bears’ training camp officially started, it won’t be long until the media and fans can see which signal-caller is shining out and creating plays. When asked how he’ll react if Fields enthralls fans by lighting it up throughout training camp, Dalton quickly reminded everyone that he’s ready to do the same.
“I’m sure I’ll be making huge plays, too, and hopefully they’ll be cheering at the same time,” Dalton said before reaffirming his status as the team’s starting quarterback. “Hopefully, as the starter, they’ll realize that if I’m making huge plays, it’s beneficial for everyone.”
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Fields were also praised favorably by Dalton.
Fields was also lauded by the veteran quarterback. “I mean, he’s gifted.” If you can’t throw the ball, you won’t get that far. He has the ability to throw it. “I believe everyone is aware of this,” Dalton said.
Dalton said, “He’s been terrific from the beginning.” “He’ll be here soon, and he’s already learnt a lot. You never know how teams call plays in college and other things, but just being able to walk into the huddle and hear the guy call it and all that sort of stuff has helped him improve every day. He’s got the proper attitude and approach. He’s done a fantastic job.”
Dalton’s positive attitude and self-assurance can only be beneficial to Chicago. He seems to be a man who has a lot to prove in the next season.
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