Andy Dalton is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback who has more passing yards (38,150) than Jim Kelly, Phil Simms and Kurt Warner and more touchdown passes (244) than Len Dawson, Steve Young and Terry Bradshaw.
But without any playoff wins and unable to hold on as a starting quarterback after his time with the Cincinnati Bengals ended, does he belong enshrined in Canton with some of the other big boys? his new carolina panthers his teammate Mile Sanders thinks so.
The veteran running back, on WFNZ radio’s «Mac and Bone Podcast» earlier in the week, endorsed Dalton’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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«I have a good feeling about these guys,» Sanders first said of his Panthers teammates. «These guys work, and that’s the main thing I’ve noticed in the OTAs. We have a very, very good young quarterback (rookie Bryce Young) who is being mentored by a very, very, very good quarterback, a future Hall of Famer Andy Dalton, whom I respect greatly.
«And you’ve got guys like Adam Thielen mentoring young receivers, and that’s a great guy to take notes on. We’ve got a seasoned offensive line that I love, I love the movie, I love watching his movie. And the defense is jam-packed. «. .»
Another solid season as the starting quarterback and Dalton could be crossing the 40,000 total passing yards that only 23 others have achieved in their careers.
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Dalton is coming off a season in which he split time as a starter with the New Orleans Saints. In 14 games, he had 2,871 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. The 18 touchdown passes were the most he has thrown since 2018 when he had 21 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Panthers selected Young with the first pick in the draft. It’s unclear if he’s the safe starter for Week 1.
Dalton said earlier this month that he still thinks he can start.
«I see myself as a starter in this league. I don’t think there are 32 players better than me,» Dalton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
«But this is the situation I’m in, and I understand it. As soon as I don’t think I’m one of the top 32, or a bit lower, I’ll be watching football on TV.»
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The veteran quarterback hasn’t been able to find a permanent home since leaving the Bengals after the 2019 season after nine years. He has played for the Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears ever since.