Disgruntled or not, Andy Dalton is a team player.
The Cincinnati Bengals benched their starting quarterback last week in favor of rookie Ryan Finley after the team stumbled out to an 0-8 start with Dalton under center.
It was a humbling move for the nine-year veteran. But despite reportedly being unhappy with the team’s decision, Dalton has taken the benching in stride—even to the point of being willing to emulate the Bengals’ opposing quarterback on the scout team.
Ahead of their Week 10 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals tasked Dalton with adopting Lamar Jackson’s run-heavy style of play in practice, according to Bengals.com reporter Geoff Hobson.
Dalton has never rushed for more than 200 yards in a season during his NFL career, but did gain over 1,600 yards on the ground over his four years at TCU.
The Ravens went on to win 49-13, with Jackson posting a perfect passer rating of 158.3 along with 223 yards passing, 65 yards rushing and four total touchdowns.
As much as Dalton might have tried, it’s been tough for anyone to replicate the success Jackson—an MVP candidate—has been having this season. Maybe he’ll have better luck taking a page out of Derek Carr’s book before Cincinnati faces the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
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