The Cincinnati Bengals are indeed one of the league’s up and coming teams. They recently decided that they have found their long term answer at quarterback in Andy Dalton. During the 2013 off season they verified their faith in Dalton by giving him a 115 million dollar contract. The Bengals entered the 2014 NFL draft with a strong defense already, but needed help at cornerback. They drafted Darqueze Dennard in round one. Dennard fits the press coverage style of the Bengals perfectly. They also wanted to get an every down back so they drafted Jeremy Hill from LSU in round two. Hill is as good of a running back as there was in this draft and is destined to be an every down back in the NFL. The Bengals also needed help at defensive end so they drafted Will Clarke from West Virginia in round three. The Bengals also drafted A.J. McCarron in round five to backup Dalton. McCarron will be the ideal backup in the NFL. He is smart, takes care of the ball, has big game experience and doesn’t make mistakes.
For 2015, the Bengals acquired Cedric Ogbuehi at OT, Jake Fisher, Tyler Kroft and Paul Dawson.
The Cincinnati Bengals were founded in 1968 and have spent their entire existence in Cincinnati. Throughout their history the Bengals have called three places home. First they played at Nippert Stadium from 1968-1969. In 1970 they moved into the old Riverfront Stadium where they played until 1999 and in 2000 they moved into Paul Brown Stadium which is their home to this day. Throughout their history the Bengals have won eight division championships and the AFC twice. Their first AFC Championship came in 1981 and their second came in 1988.
The Bengals currently stand as one of the league’s rising young teams. Now starter Andy Dalton must put his 0-3 start in the playoffs behind him if this young team is going to take the next step towards greatness.