Coaching can only so much, and with a crop of young 1st- and 2nd-year wideouts at the Cincinnati Bengals’ disposal, quarterback Andy Dalton is picking up where the coaches don’t tread – the actual playing field.
“There’s no question Andy is able to bring the younger guys along quicker,” head coach Marvin Lewis said, per Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com.
“He knows what’s expected. He knows where they need to be and how to get there. I think his voice is such that it makes it happen. He’s been able to do that right away. Now it’s an important part to continue as we continue to refine it and get better at it.”
“It allows you to play a lot faster and it just makes you get more confidence in yourself,” rookie WR Tyler Boyd explained. “Even if you’re a little bit shaky then you know to look at him and he’ll give you eyes like ‘get on the ball’ or ‘get off’ or you got a certain (hand) signal. Or he’ll try to pass it out there like a message-type of deal. It’s a huge success for younger guys including myself to just go out there and learn it and play fast.”