|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||October 29, 1987|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 2 (35)|
The Cowboys have officially ruled out Dalton (concussion) ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: No surprise here, as Dalton was originally deemed doubtful for the contest and held out of practice all week. As a result, rookie seventh-round pick, Ben DiNucci, is expected to make his first career NFL start. The veteran quarterback will continue to focus on his recovery and look to make his way out of concussion protocol for the Cowboy's Week 9 contest against the Steelers.
Dalton (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Dalton was held out of practice all week, setting the table for seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci to make his first NFL start. Anyone counting on DiNucci for a fantasy lineup will want to keep tabs on the situation, as the decision to list Dalton as 'doubtful' rather than 'out' might be taken as a hint that he has some tiny chance to play. The Cowboys and Eagles are playing in the Sunday night game, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Dalton (concussion) needs to practice Saturday to have a chance of playing against the Eagles on Sunday, and "as of now, he's not scheduled to practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: The veteran quarterback remains in the concussion protocol and is an unlikely bet to be available for the Week 8 divisional matchup. Assuming Dalton's outlook remains unchanged, rookie seventh-rounder Ben DiNucci is expected to receive the first start of his career for the Cowboys.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that Dalton (concussion) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Though Dalton won't be on the practice field for a second straight day, the veteran signal-caller has seemingly progressed on some level in his recovery from the concussion he sustained in the Week 7 loss to Washington. As Gehlken notes, Dalton participated in the team's quarterback meeting Thursday, which suggests the Cowboys have some hope he might be available for Sunday's game in Philadelphia. For now, rookie Ben DiNucci looks like the probable starter for Week 8, as he'll continue to see all the first-team reps for the second day in a row.
Dalton (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Dalton will need to fully clear the league's five-step concussion protocol before being eligible to retake the field, and missing his first practice of the week may not be a good sign for his Week 8 availability. Ben DiNucci appears to be in line to start Sunday night's divisional contest against the Eagles if Dalton can't go, though Garrett Gilbert could also be in the mix.
Dalton is in the concussion protocol Monday and could be in danger of missing Week 8, Adam Schefter of ESPN report.
Analysis: Dalton suffered the first concussion of his NFL career due to a brutal hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic in the third quarter Week 7. Ben DiNucci struggled to move the offense in replacement of Dalton, ultimately completing two of three pass attempts for 39 yards while taking three sacks. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Cowboys aren't expected to sign another quarterback to the roster, so if Dalton is unable to fully clear the concussion protocol in time, it could come down to DiNucci or Garrett Gilbert to start against Philadelphia's stout defensive front.
Dalton won't return to Sunday's contest in Washington due to a concussion, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: As he slid to the ground at the end of a run in the third quarter, Dalton received a nasty hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, getting his helmet knocked off on the play. Prior to entering the concussion protocol, Dalton completed nine of 19 passes for 75 yards and one interception, while turning three rushes into 16 yards. Ben DiNucci replaced Dalton at quarterback.
Dalton (undisclosed) left the field in the third quarter of Sunday's contest at Washington after a late hit from linebacker Jon Bostic, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Dalton's helmet was knocked off at the end of his slide, resulting his departure and Bostic's ejection. If Dalton is unable to return, he'll finish the game 9-for-19 for 75 yards and one interception. Ben DiNucci, the only other QB active for the Cowboys, took over for Dalton under center.
Dalton completed 34 of 54 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Cowboys' 38-10 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night. He also gained four yards on two rushes
Analysis: Dalton's serviceable final line belies the fits and starts that defined the Cowboys offense the majority of the night, although not all the blame can fairly be laid at the feet of the veteran quarterback. Ezekiel Elliott's two fumbles certainly didn't help the cause, but Dalton also lacked arm strength and accuracy on a fair amount of throws throughout the contest. He also took three sacks and got hit eight times overall, with the significant difference between his mobility and that of Dak Prescott's visibly evident on many plays. Even the 18-play, 75-yard drive that Dalton was able to spearhead in the fourth quarter was nowhere near as impressive as those figures might imply, although he did at least manage to cap it with his only touchdown pass of the night, which went to Amari Cooper. Dalton will hope to work out the kinks during another full week of practice reps ahead of a Week 7 road divisional battle versus the Washington Football Team.
Dalton completed nine of 11 passes for 111 yards in relief of Dak Prescott (ankle) during Sunday's 37-34 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Entering the game after Prescott suffered a likely season-ending ankle injury, Dalton had some hiccups, including a fourth-quarter fumble on an exchange with rookie center Tyler Biadasz that resulted in a go-ahead TD by the Giants five plays later, but the veteran quarterback came through when it mattered and led the Cowboys to two field goals inside the final two minutes to secure the victory. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed after the game that Dalton would be the team's No. 1 QB moving forward, per Jon Machota of The Athletic, and the long-time Bengal will make his first start for Dallas in Week 6 at home against Arizona.
Dalton subbed in for Dak Prescott and threw an incomplete pass in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Prescott came out after a big hit from Deion Jones late in the third quarter, leaving Dalton to helm the offense with the ball on the one-yard line. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore gave the veteran QB a chance to make an impact in the red zone, but with everyone covered Dalton did the smart thing and threw the ball away. Prescott then checked back into the game and scored his second of three rushing TDs on the day. As long as the Cowboys' No. 1 quarterback stays healthy, Dalton's main contributions will come in the film room.
Dalton signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cowboys on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 32-year-old was cut by the Bengals earlier in the week, and it only took a couple days for him to latch on with a new club, though he's clearly not signing as a starter. There was significant speculation of Dalton landing with a team lacking a proven quarterback, but the TCU product will return to Texas to serve as the backup for Dak Prescott.
The Bengals are releasing Dalton on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Unable to find a trade, the Bengals finally relented and now will allow Dalton to become an unrestricted free agent. The move frees up $17.7 million in cap space for Cincinnati, while the 32-year-old quarterback figures to have limited options at this juncture of the offseason.
With the selection of Joe Burrow with the first overall pick official, Dalton's future with the team remains uncertain, though it's highly probable that Burrow will take over as the starter, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Something has to give with the Bengals still, with the team either having to move Dalton or another high-salaried veteran, as Dalton's $17.7 million salary will put the Bengals over the salary cap.
The Bengals may decide to keep Dalton, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Team and player both seem to prefer a trade, but it's difficult to find a partner in a market where free agent quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Cam Newton are struggling to drum up interest. Ultimately, it would make sense for the Bengals to cut Dalton if they do in fact use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow, as the 32-year-old quarterback doesn't have any guarantees on his $17.7 million compensation for 2020. It would be an unprecedented sum to pay for a backup, though it's possible Dalton would consider a pay cut and then hit the open market next offseason. It seems like all options are still in play here.
The Bears are trying to trade for Dalton or Nick Foles, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
Analysis: It's no secret the Bengals want to trade Dalton before they use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow. The 32-year-old quarterback is expected to have some say in his next NFL destination, as the Bengals hope to remain on good terms with their longtime starter. It's hard to imagine Dalton having any complaints about Chicago, where he'd be matched with a good defense and likely would have the upper hand on Mitchell Trubisky in a job battle.
Dalton will have a say in trade negotiations this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Expected to draft Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall, the Bengals will first explore options for trading Dalton, who has started 133 regular-season games and four playoff contests through nine seasons. The Bengals intend to find a trade that the 32-year-old approves of, hoping for a cordial exit for their longtime starting quarterback. Should nothing materialize, the Bengals can release Dalton without incurring any dead money, freeing up $17.7 million in 2020 cap space in the process, per overthecap.com. The veteran QB would then become an unrestricted free agent.
Dalton completed 16 of 28 pass attempts for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 33-23 win over the Browns. He also carried eight times for 10 yards and an additional touchdown.
Analysis: Dalton completed just over half his passes against a tough Cleveland secondary and was limited to 6.8 yards per attempt. He completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Uzomah in the first quarter and added a five-yard rushing score in the second. It was a rather fitting way to cap off the season for Dalton, who has been wildly inconsistent throughout and finishes with a 16:14 TD:INT in 13 games. He's under contract through the 2020 season, but the team seems likely to consider its options for upgrading the quarterback position in the offseason.
Dalton completed 33 of 56 passes for 396 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bengals' 38-35 overtime loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also lost a fumble and threw a pair of two-point conversion passes.
Analysis: Dalton capitalized on one of the most favorable matchups for a quarterback in the NFL this season, and the extra period helped him to slightly pad his final numbers. However, the majority of the damage was naturally done during regulation, particularly in a second half during which Dalton led the Bengals back from a 28-6 third-quarter deficit with four touchdown drives, the latter pair culminating in two-point conversion tosses. Just as impressive was Dalton's final touchdown pass of the day, which came with no time remaining to Tyler Eifert in a crowded end zone. Success such as Sunday's has been completely elusive for Dalton this season, and with Cincinnati having locked up the top pick in the 2020 draft with their loss Sunday, the 2011 first-round selection is very likely set to play his final game with the franchise in Week 17 versus the Browns.
Dalton completed 17 of 31 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions during Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Dalton kept pace with the Patriots early in the first quarter, tossing a quick eight-yard strike to Cethan Carter to respond to New England's game-opening touchdown and followed up with a field-goal drive that gave Cincinnati a brief lead. It was downhill from there as Dalton proceeded to throw three interceptions during his first four drives of the second half and four overall, including a grisly 64-yard pick six to Stephon Gilmore. The veteran passer has just two touchdowns and five interceptions in his three-game return to the starting lineup. Next up is a matchup the Dolphins that may help determine who the heir apparent is in Cincinnati beginning in 2020.
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