Could Andy Dalton be about to receive a kick up the backside? It's certainly possible if the Cincinnati Bengals use a third round pick on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
After impressing in the East/West Shrine Game, then again later in the Senior Bowl, the Eastern Illinois graduate has forced his way into the plans of a fair few NFl scouts, coaches and general managers.
NFL draft analyst Matt Miller was in Alabama for the Senior Bowl watching Garoppolo practice while gathering opinions from NFL scouts on what they thought of the EIU product:
"You see the quick release and velocity on his passes to thread the ball between defenders, but seeing him do it in real time isn’t something you can gauge from a non-contact Senior Bowl practice." Miller noted.
"Film study is key with Garoppolo, and after seeing his traits and abilities live, I’ll be taking a deeper look in the future to chart his throws and the coverages he faced at Eastern Illinois.
Pro Player Comparison: a stronger-armed Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals"
So, would the Bengals make a move for a player that could work effectively in their system? Their current back up is Josh Johnson, a poor thrower who definitely favours the option system.
And Dalton definitely could use some competition. After another loss in the first round of the play-offs the Bengals want progression, and if Dalton doesn't take his game to another level then Garoppolo could step in.