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Andy Dalton


#38 Quarterback

74 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 33
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.82

2021 Projections & Outlook


#38 Quarterback

74 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
Not Available 89/144 1008 6 3 31

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What You Need to Know:

  • Dalton landed only a backup deal after Cincinnati let him go following the 2019 season.
  • After 9 starts in relief of Dak Prescott, Dalton got a $10 million, 1-year deal from Chicago, which called him “QB1” in a March tweet. That, of course, came a month before the Bears moved up 9 spots to draft Justin Fields.
  • In 2020, Dalton posted the 2nd-best adjusted completion rate of his career and 2nd-best completion rate.
  • He also registered a career low in yards per pass attempt, due at least in part to a career-low average depth of target.
  • Dalton has been a better deep passer than Mitchell Trubisky, but he fared worse than Nick Foles in passer rating, adjusted completion rate and passing grade on deep throws last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
  • Dalton did rank 24th in overall PFF passing grade in 2020, vs. 28th for Foles and 36th for Trubisky. He also beat Trubisky in that category each of the previous 2 seasons -- including the 13th-best grade at the position in 2018.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We could see Dalton as an upgrade over Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky. But after signing him, the Bears jumped 9 spots up the board to draft a far more talented QB. We’ll see how soon Justin Fields proves ready to take over the offense, but we’re betting it’s sooner rather than later. That would make Dalton 1 of the league’s top backups for the 2nd straight year.


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In an interview with Cris Collinsworth, Bears HC Matt Nagy said “Andy [Dalton] is our starter … Justin [Fields] is our #2, and we’re going to stick to this plan.” Time will tell on that one. But if the plan holds and Dalton starts, he’ll face tough road tests early on: Week 1 at Rams, Week 3 at Browns. We still see Fields starting the majority of Chicago’s games this fall. See where the rookie sits in our QB Rankings.

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Bears HC Matt Nagy isn't giving anything to 1st-round pick Justin Fields before he earns it. "Andy is the starter," Nagy reiterated this week, according to "Andy's going to get the one reps." It's no shock that Dalton will open full-team workouts as the starter. What will be worth watching is how soon Fields claims some of those reps. Nagy said Fields needs to speed up his pre-snap recognition and improve at reading defenses. "He's going to get a great opportunity to do that against our defense," Nagy said. "I think that's where we're going to have to see, are there a lot of mistakes being made? Or are there a lot of good plays that are being made? And is it natural and is it easy for him? That's what what we'll evaluate." History says Fields will take over this offense at some point before the 2021 season ends, but Nagy was the OC in Kansas City when Patrick Mahomes sat for a year behind Alex Smith. We'll certainly be watching this situation throughout summer.

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NFL Network reports that the Bears are expected to sign QB Andy Dalton to a 1-year deal worth $10 million, with a $12.5 million max. That sounds like the contract Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting in Washington and points to Dalton likely taking over the starting gig. Dalton is a better option than Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky but doesn't present a big upgrade to the fantasy outlooks of other guys in the Chicago offense.

Update: "They told me I was the starter," Dalton said, according to Adam Jahns of The Athletic.

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Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (COVID, concussion) was a full participant in Monday's practice and is on track to return for this weekend's game vs. the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. QB Garrett Gilbert played well vs. the Steelers last time out, but Dalton still projects as an upgrade for the Cowboys offense.

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ESPN's Todd Archer reports that the Cowboys have placed QB Andy Dalton on the COVID list and that he'll miss at least Week 9. That means another start for rookie Ben DiNucci. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on the radio this week that Sunday night's game at Philly was "too much" for the rookie. We'll see how he likes an even tougher pass rush from Pittsburgh.

Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero says the Cowboys won't go back to DiNucci this week. Instead, Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert will compete in practice for the start against Pittsburgh.

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