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Andy Dalton: It’s going to be fun working with new receivers

Wild Card Round - Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts prior to the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will be throwing to a different set of receivers this September than he was working with when he suffered a season-ending thumb injury late last year.

The Bengals have added Brandon LaFell in the wake of losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu as free agents. There could be other additions or the Bengals could opt for more playing time for James Wright, Mario Alford and Brandon Tate as they put together Dalton’s crop of targets for 2016.

Whatever the final look of that receiving corps, Dalton isn’t expressing much concern about integrating new pieces into the offense.

“It would be tougher if it was my first or second year, but this is year six,” Dalton said, via the team website. “It’s easier for me now than early on in my career. That is going to be fun. We’ve got these guys from the start; we’ve got to get them exactly where we want them to be. I have to make sure they know what I want them to do on certain things and make sure they’re in the right spots. You don’t want to have any fall off at all. You want to get better. That’s what we’re shooting for. We’re shooting to keep improving. It all starts when we get back.”

Jones and Sanu represented 28 percent of Dalton’s passing yards last season, but A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert were the top two targets in 2015 and will be back where Dalton left them this time around. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is now the head coach in Cleveland, however, and that change may prove to be the most significant one for the Cincinnati offense this season.