Countdown To Training Camp: Star-Studded Quarterbacks

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speak at midfield after an NFL football game. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speak at midfield after an NFL football game. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Bengals 2019 home schedule features a slate of high caliber quarterbacks that are visiting Paul Brown Stadium.

Not since the 2013 season when the Bengals beat Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in their first three home games have the Bengals faced such star-studded group of opposing quarterbacks.

The Super Bowl Winners

Quarterback Tom Brady is often called the G.O.A.T., or "Greatest of All Time." And for good reason. The 41-year-old Brady leads the pack with six Super Bowl titles. He's not the only championship caliber quarterback visiting Paul Brown Stadium this season.

Eli Manning was twice named the Super Bowl MVP as he twice led the New York Giants to come-from-behind wins over the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Roethlisberger also has won two taking Super Bowl XL and XLIII. Nick Foles took over late in the season following an injury to Carson Wentz and helped the Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII.

No. 1 Overall Picks

Manning has the distinction of overlapping into two of the categories. Selected No. 1 overall in 2004, Manning enters 2019 having thrown for 55,981 yards and 360 touchdowns in 232 games. Most fans though are interested to see the playmaking abilities of three of the more recent No. 1 overall picks.

Luck missed all of 2017 with an injury but returned in 2018 and promptly turned the Indianapolis Colts back into a winner. After going 4-12 the previous season without him, Luck led the Colts to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth last year.

Mayfield enjoyed similar success with the Cleveland Browns. He led turnaround that began last season when Cleveland won five of its final seven games and Mayfield threw his 27th touchdown, a rookie record.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals drafted Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. A lot of people are excited to see how Murray and new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury's offensive system, faces in the NFL.

Rising Stars

This is a group of quarterbacks that many experts believe can take a leap in 2019 and lead their teams to a deep playoff run.

Darnold and Jackson are former first round picks from the 2018 draft that look to carve up defense on the ground and in the air. Darnold, who threw for 17 touchdowns as a rookie, gets to work with a new head coach in Adam Gase. Jackson burst on the scene in 2018 helping the Ravens win six of their last seven regular-season games and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Garoppolo is one of the more interesting quarterbacks around. He backed up Tom Brady in New England for three years and won two Super Bowls as a backup. He was traded to San Francisco and started his tenure there 5-0 in the five games he started with the 49ers. He went 1-2 last season before tearing his ACL. Now healthy with a strong supporting cast, Garoppolo has the upside to open up observers eyes.

Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale for fans interested in seeing these quarterbacks. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline at (513) 621-8383, online at Bengals.com or by visiting the Paul Brown Stadium ticket office. The Bengals Ticket Hotline and ticket office hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may be purchased 24/7 through Bengals.com. Fans can call the Bengals Ticket Hotline or chat with a ticket representative online if they have any questions.

About Training Camp

Bengals fans will have numerous opportunities to watch Taylor's first public practices as Bengals Training Camp, presented by Fifth Third Bank, kicks off on Saturday, July 27 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The team will hold a series of open practices in Cincinnati from July 28-Aug. 12.

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