Dalton in 2014 led the Bengals to the playoffs for the fourth time in his four years as a pro, joining Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as only the second starting QB in the Super Bowl era to lead a team to postseason in each of his first four campaigns ... Selected as an alternate for Pro Bowl following last season ... Could tie Flacco’s record of five straight years in playoffs in ’15, and could surpass it in ’16 ... Has not missed a start in his career, and with 40-23-1 record, has best regular-season winning percentage (.633) of any Bengals QB with 10 or more starts ... Led a two-game sweep of division rival Baltimore in ’14, with fourth-quarter comebacks in both games ... Had career-best completion percentage (64.2) in ’14, and scored five TDs himself, tying Jack Thompson’s 1979 record for Bengals QBs ... Set franchise records in 2013 for single season passing yards (4293) and passing TDs (33) ... Signed six-year contract extension (through 2020) on 8-4-14.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2011 NFL Draft (35th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-30-11 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 8-4-14.
Pro Bowl participation: Has been selected for and played in two Pro Bowls ... Played for Team Carter in 2014 season contest at Glendale, Ariz., passing nine-for-20 for 69-0-0 ... Played for AFC in 2011 season contest and passed seven-for-nine for 99 yards with two TDs (47 and three yards, both to Brandon Marshall) and no INTs.
He scores: On 9-21-14 vs. Tennessee, Dalton became the first QB in Bengals history to catch a TD pass. He bested CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson for a tough catch of throw into the flat from WR Mohamed Sanu and sprinted 18 yards to the end zone for a 10-0 first-quarter lead. Coaches had not anticipated that Tennessee would cover Dalton after he had pitched to Sanu, and regarding his strong catch against coverage, Dalton said with a laugh, “I always tell the receivers I have the best hands on the team.”
Radar in red zone: Dalton has thrown for 68 career TDs with only three INTs on snaps inside the red zone (inside opponent’s 20-yard line). His ratio of 22.7-to-1 is third in the NFL among active passers with at least 25 red-zone TDs, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay (28.8-to-1) and Russell Wilson of Seattle (24.5-to-1).
More 2014 highlights: Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff, and named to Pro Bowl as injury replacement for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ... Had regular-season passer rating of 83.5, on 309-for-481 (64.2 percent) for 3398 yards with 19 TDs and 17 INTs ... Rushed 60-for-169 with four TDs ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, his 77-yard TD pass to A.J. Green in fourth quarter lifted Bengals from 16-15 deficit to 23-15 win ... Posted a 116.6 passer rating on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, on 15-of-23 for 252 yards with one TD and no INTs, including a 76-yard TD to Mohamed Sanu ... In Games 1-2, became first passer in Bengals history with completions of 75-plus yards in consecutive games ... Posted a career-best 143.9 passer rating on Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... Had career-high 33 completions in 43 attempts (76.7 percent) in overtime game Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, amassing 323 yards (season high) with two TDs and two INTs ... On Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, faced a fourth-quarter deficit against Ravens for the second time on the season and led a second comeback win, capping 80-yard drive with a one-yard TD sneak on fourth-and-goal at 0:57 ... Had two rushing TDs for first time in career in the October game vs. Ravens, scoring in first quarter as well as the fourth ... Posted a career-best 143.9 passer rating on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, going 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) for 220 yards with three TDs and no INTs ... Battled an intestinal virus on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, but still led Bengals to a win, passing 19-for-27 (70.4 percent) for 176 yards with one TD and three INTs ... Also at Tampa Bay, had five-yard rushing TD ... On Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, scored on a 20-yard rush, longest rushing TD by a QB in Bengals history ... Went 17-for-26 (65.4 percent) for 146 yards with two TDs and one INT on Dec. 22 vs. Denver (89.6 passer rating), and also rushed six-for-25, with gains of 10 and nine yards leading to a Bengals second quarter TD ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-15 at Indianapolis, passed 18-for-35 for 155-0-0, and rushed four-for-34.
Previous seasons: 2011—As rookie, led four wins featuring fourth-quarter comebacks — vs. Buffalo, at Jacksonville, at Tennessee and vs. Cleveland ... Voted in December as first alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad, and was named to team as replacement for New England’s Tom Brady ... Became first NFL rookie QB to that point to start as many as eight wins and throw for 20 or more TDs ... Also to that point, became the first rookie QB not drafted in first round to start every game in 16-game NFL season ... Set Bengals rookie records for TD passes (20) and passing yards (3398) ... On Sept. 18 at Denver, Dalton and WR A.J. Green became first rookie pair in NFL history to combine for 10 completions in a game (still the only pair through 2014) ... On Oct. 2 vs. unbeaten Buffalo, led Bengals from 17-3 halftime deficit to 23-20 win, posting second-half performance that included 17-yard TD pass to Jermaine Gresham, a three-yard rushing score and game-winning 56-yard FG drive ... On. Nov. 6 at Tennessee, completed third fourth-quarter comeback, throwing second-half TD passes of 15 yards to Jerome Simpson and five yards to Andre Caldwell as Bengals won 24-17 after trailing 17-7 at halftime and 17-14 after three quarters ... Led fourth-quarter comeback for fourth time on Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, posting 105.6 passer rating as Bengals rallied from 17-7 halftime deficit to 23-20 win ... Passed 27-for-42 for 257-0-3 in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Passed 329-for-528 (62.3 percent), for 3669 yards, with 27 TDs and 16 INTs (87.4 rating) ... Also had four rushing TDs ... Ranked third in AFC and tied for seventh in NFL in TD passes ... Tied for third in NFL in fourth-quarter TD passes (nine), and he passed 80-for-125 for 971-9-5 in final period, for rating of 95.1 ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, posted 132.9 rating, going 19-for-27 for 328-3-1 ... Earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for Nov. 11 performance vs. N.Y. Giants, posting 127.6 rating while passing 21-for-30 for 199-4-0 ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, ad-libbed go-ahead TD with six-yard rush late in fourth quarter, Bengals regaining lead at 17-13 and went on to win 20-13 ... On Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, his 11-yard rushing TD in third quarter put Bengals ahead to stay ... Passed 24-for-41 for 278 yards with two INTs in playoff-clinching win Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including 21-yard pass to A.J. Green with :08 remaining to set up game-winning FG. 2013—Led Bengals to 11-5 record and AFC North title ... Became only second Bengal to win three of NFL’s monthly or weekly AFC awards in a season, joining S David Fulcher from 1989 ... Named AFC Offensive Player of Week for Oct. 13 at Buffalo and Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis; also named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October ... Averaged 116.8 passer rating over four games to win October monthly honor, as Bengals posted 4-0 record ... Posted career-best 88.8 passer rating for the season ... Topped 300-yard mark in passing for four straight games (Games 6-9), a Bengals record ... With 4293 passing yards, broke Carson Palmer’s club record of 4131 ... With 33 TD passes, ranked second in AFC and broke Palmer’s club record of 32 set in 2005 ... On Oct. 27 vs. Jets, went 19-for-30 for 325 yards with a career-high five TDs and one INT (125.7 passer rating), third consecutive game eclipsing 100 passer rating ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, posted 136.5 passer rating (27-for-38 for 366-4-0), hitting plus-four differential in TD passes to INTs for third time in career ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego, passed 29-for-51 for 334-1-2.
College: Dalton was the key player in TCU’s return to football prominence during his career ... Played four seasons (2007-10), seeing action in 50 games with 49 starts ... A two-time Offensive Player of the Year in Mountain West Conference, he authored an MWC-record 42 victories and was tagged with only seven losses ... Set TCU records for pass attempts (1317), completions (812), passing yards (10,314) and TD passes (71) ... His TD/INT differential was plus-41 (71/30) ... Rushed for 1611 career yards and 22 additional TDs, and departed with new MWC record for total offense (11,925 yards) ... As a senior, led TCU to a No. 2 national ranking, after 13-0 season capped by Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin ... Named Offensive MVP in Rose Bowl.
Personal: Hometown is Katy, Texas, in Greater Houston ... Attended Katy High School, where he led team to a 14-1 record and Texas 5A finals berth as a senior ... Marketing major at TCU ... Following 2011 season, joined wife Jordan in establishing the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, which conducts a wide range of community outreach efforts in the Greater Cincinnati area ... The Daltons have a son, Noah.
As the Bengals prepared for their first practice of training camp Friday at 3 p.m. on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields, their versatility on both sides of the ball should be on display.
After Sunday's 27-10 upset loss to the Chargers in Sunday's wild card game, the Bengals were sticking with Andy Dalton and the program that secured three straight playoff berths.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is exhibiting more leadership in training camp. Teammates have noticed, and coaches are looking to add more aggressive play-calling to the offense.