Andy Dalton

New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #14
New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #14
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Signing with Saints

The Saints are slated to sign Dalton, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The report indicates that it's a one-year deal for Dalton worth up to $6 million, with $3 million guaranteed. The 34-year-old, who logged six starts for the Bears in 2021, gives the Saints an experienced backup option behind presumed starter Jameis Winston, who's bouncing back from a torn ACL. Meanwhile, the move seems to advance the notion that the team will indeed use Taysom Hill primarily as a tight end instead of as a quarterback this coming season.

Mar 29, 2022 9:41 AM EST

Tops 300 yards in loss

Dalton completed 33 of 48 passes for 325 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 1,515 passing yards, eight touchdown passes and nine interceptions over eight games.

Analysis: On the season, Dalton had six starts, but in only one of those contests did he have more touchdown passes than interceptions. Although he technically has a $5MM contract in 2022, it's a void year, and the Bears would owe him nothing if they choose to part ways with the 11-year veteran. Regardless, he'll likely continue to be a useful backup in the league in his age-34 season, and his fantasy value would be dependent upon whether he's able to draw any starts.

Jan 9, 2022 1:17 PM EST

Named for Week 18 start

Dalton will start Sunday's game in Minnesota, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Matt Nagy suggested as much earlier in the week and confirmed it Friday afternoon. Justin Fields was on track to return from an ankle injury for the season finale, only to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list and give Dalton another start in what could be his final appearance for the Bears. The Chicago offense is in good health apart from Fields, with no other starters on the final injury report, COVID list or injured reserve.

Jan 7, 2022 11:29 AM EST

Poised for second straight start

Dalton is expected to make a second straight start in Sunday's season finale at Minnesota after the Bears placed Justin Fields (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Fields is vaccinated and therefore has a chance to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol in fewer than five days, but given the timing of his placement on the list, he'll more than likely miss a third consecutive game to end his rookie campaign. Along with Fields, Dalton was sidelined Week 16 in Seattle due to a small fracture non-throwing hand, but the latter stepped back into the lineup for the Bears' Week 17 win over the Giants. Over his seven appearances (five starts) this season, Dalton has completed 61.7 percent of his throws for 6.3 yards per attempt and a 7:7 TD:INT while carrying 15 times for 69 yards.

Jan 6, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Moves back to bench for finale

Dalton is set to return to a backup role with Justin Fields (ankle) named as the starter for Week 18 against Minnesota, ESPN's Jesse Rogers reports.

Analysis: It was a disappointing season overall for both Dalton and Fields, but with some promising signs at the end, including last week's blowout win over the Giants in what might be Dalton's last taste of action with the Bears. The 34-year-old QB is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in the offseason, and there's no guarantee of another shot at a Week 1 starting job.

Jan 5, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Inefficient in victory

Dalton completed 18 of 35 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Dalton connected on an early touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney, but he barely completed half of his passes in a blowout win. With the Bears unable to have consistent success on the ground, they threw the ball more than they ran it, but Dalton was unable to click with anyone other than Darnell Mooney. If Justin Fields (ankle) is unable to play in Week 18 against the Vikings, Dalton may be a fantasy option in leagues that start two quarterbacks.

Jan 2, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Named starter for Sunday

Dalton will start Sunday's game against the Giants, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Justin Fields (ankle) is listed as questionable, but coach Matt Nagy said Nick Foles will serve as the No. 2 quarterback Sunday. While it's possible the plan changes for the season finale, Nagy did say earlier this week that Fields would need to be "extremely healthy" in order to play. Chicago's offense is otherwise in good shape from a health standpoint, while the Giants have two or three potential injury/virus absences on the defensive line, plus CB Adoree' Jackson (quad/illness) listed as questionable.

Dec 31, 2021 11:27 AM EST

Logs full practice

Dalton (hand/groin) was a full practice participant Wednesday, while teammate Justin Fields (ankle) was limited.

Analysis: Coach Matt Nagy said he'll be careful with Fields, but also left the door open for any of Chicago's quarterbacks to get the Week 17 start. Option C would be Nick Foles, who led the team to a win in Seattle this past weekend with both Fields and Dalton sidelined by injuries.

Dec 29, 2021 1:50 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Dalton (left hand/groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest at Seattle.

Analysis: Dalton recently spent nearly a week on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but upon his return to the active roster Thursday he put in a full practice. He proceeded to miss Friday's session entirely and won't be available to the Bears in Week 16. With Justin Fields (ankle) potentially not able to serve as even a backup Sunday, coach Matt Nagy has tabbed Nick Foles as the team's starting quarterback, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Dalton's next chance to play will be Sunday, Jan. 2 against the Giants.

Dec 24, 2021 11:50 AM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Dalton (left hand/groin), whom the Bears activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, logged a full practice in his return to the team.

Analysis: Prior to landing on the COVID-19 list, Dalton was dealing with a small fracture in his non-throwing hand. He was listed with that precise injury on Thursday's practice report, but a groin issue accompanied it. Still, Dalton handled every practice rep at the same time Justin Fields (ankle) downgraded from 'limited' Wednesday to DNP one day later. The development could be setting the table for Dalton to earn another spot start this weekend in Seattle, but Fields has one more chance to mix into drills this week before the Bears travel west for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 23, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

Chicago reinstated Dalton (hand) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Dalton returns to the 53-man roster after a six-day day stint on the list. Before being deactivated and then missing the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Vikings, Dalton had been dealing with a fractured hand that prevented him from practicing seven days ago, but the time off may have allowed him to fully heal. Dalton is expected to serve as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback Sunday in Seattle, though he could be pressed into starting duty if Justin Fields isn't able to move past the minor ankle injury that limited his participation in Wednesday's practice.

Dec 23, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Not playing Monday

Dalton will remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be available for Monday's game against the Vikings, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Dalton was placed on the list Friday, so he was facing an uphill battle to clear all COVID-19-related protocols ahead of Monday's contest. Nick Foles will serve as the top backup to starting quarterback Justin Fields in Week 15.

Dec 20, 2021 2:06 PM EST

Goes on COVID-19 list

The Bears placed Dalton (hand) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Dalton and cornerback Duke Shelley were deactivated for COVID-19-related reasons, becoming the 12th and 13th players on the roster to land on the list. Unless Dalton is quickly able to clear the necessary protocols in short order, he'll be sidelined for Monday's game against the Vikings. If that's the case, Nick Foles would serve as the understudy to starting quarterback Justin Fields.

Dec 17, 2021 3:45 PM EST

DNP Thursday

Dalton (hand) did not practice Thursday ahead of the Bears' Monday night contest against the Vikings.

Analysis: The quarterback came into the week with the expectation that he'd be available for Monday's game, but his inability to participate Thursday complicates the situation little. Dalton will still have three more days to prove his health prior to the matchup with the Vikings and slot back in as the backup to Justin Fields.

Dec 16, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Dealing with hand fracture

Dalton (hand) is expected to be available for Monday Night Football against the Vikings in Week 15, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport reports that the Dalton's non-throwing hand has a small break, but it doesn't require surgery and should heal within a week. If Dalton is available for Week 15, he will resume backing up rookie Justin Fields, which would shift Nick Foles back to No. 3 on the depth chart.

Dec 13, 2021 4:57 PM EST

Taking seat Sunday

Dalton (hand) is inactive for Sunday's contest at Green Bay.

Analysis: Dalton injured his non-throwing hand during last Sunday's spot start against the Cardinals, and his inability to practice Wednesday through Friday didn't give him much of a chance to be available this weekend. Even if he was, though, he would have been Justin Fields' backup after the rookie was cleared to return from the small rib fractures that sidelined him the past two games. Instead, Nick Foles will serve as the No. 2 to Fields on Sunday.

Dec 12, 2021 3:53 PM EST

Doubtful with Fields good to go

Dalton (hand) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Dalton was unable to practice in any capacity throughout the week. Luckily for the Bears, Dalton's expected absence coincides with the return of Justin Fields (ribs). Nick Foles will back up Fields if Dalton sits.

Dec 10, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Absent again Thursday

Dalton (hand) did not practice Thursday.

Analysis: The 34-year-old has missed consecutive practices to open the week while dealing with the hand injury he suffered in Week 13. It was announced Wednesday that Justin Fields will start against the Packers on Sunday, so regardless of his health, Dalton will not be under center in Week 14.

Dec 9, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Dalton (hand) won't take part in Wednesday's practice, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, coach Matt Nagy relayed Wednesday that Justin Fields (ribs) has been medically cleared and will start Sunday at Green Bay. Nagy also noted that it's unclear if Dalton or Nick Foles will serve as Fields' backup Week 14, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Such a determination likely comes down to Dalton mixing into some capacity Thursday and/or Friday as he tends to an injury to his non-throwing hand, but in any case he's back in a reserve role with Fields healthy.

Dec 8, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Injures non-throwing hand

Coach Matt Nagy said that Dalton injured his non-throwing hand in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday Adam Hoge of NBCSChicago reports.

Analysis: Dalton completed 26 of 41 passes for 229 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions along with two rushes for six yards. He was under heavy pressure all day while the Cardinals did a solid job of taking Darnell Mooney away. Of his four interceptions, two came on passes that were misplayed by his receivers, though he did salvage his fantasy day with a pair of scoring passes in the second half after the Bears fell behind by 17 points. If his hand injury isn't significant, he'll continue to be a marginal option in leagues that start two quarterbacks until Justin Fields (ribs) returns to the lineup.

Dec 5, 2021 1:51 PM EST

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