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New OC Hue Jackson emphasized that "first and foremost" the Bengals' offense must cut down turnovers.

Andy Dalton threw the fifth most interceptions (20) in football last season, and committed three more turnovers in Cincinnati's first-round playoff loss. "The ball is one of the most precious things in the game and we have to protect it with everything we have," said Jackson. "We have to find a way to consistently run the football and be a dominating, aggressive unit that we have the potential to be." Look for Dalton's pass attempts to drop significantly under Jackson as he's turned into more of a game manager.

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Bengals WRs Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones pointed to Andy Dalton's improved arm strength and velocity following Wednesday's OTAs.

"Best I've seen him," said Sanu. "It's on you fast. You turn around and you're like, 'whoa.'" Dalton worked with QB guru Tom House in Los Angeles over the offseason. "He's got a lot of zing, a lot of velocity to him,' said Jones. "He's spinning the ball real nice." Dalton is entering a contract year and is going to have his number of throws scaled back under new run-heavy OC Hue Jackson. Fantasy-wise, Dalton is a middling QB2 option.

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OC Hue Jackson confirmed the A.J. McCarron pick was "not about Andy Dalton."

The draft actually couldn't have gone much better for Dalton. The Bengals waited until the fifth round to select a quarterback, and went with one that profiles as a long-term backup. McCarron's big name doesn't change his status as a game manager.

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Walk-year QB Andy Dalton spent a week working with quarterback guru Tom House earlier this offseason.

A former MLB pitcher, House has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer, among others. "We tweaked a few things just to make sure all of your momentum, all your force, everything you have is going toward the target of where you're trying to throw," Dalton said. "I don't think the average person will notice it." Dalton is wise to seek any edge, but it's highly unlikely his week with House will have a perceptible effect on his 2014 play.

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New OC Hue Jackson has vowed to help Andy Dalton by placing more emphasis on the run game.

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Walk-year QB Andy Dalton confirms he's been having contract talks with the Bengals.

"There have been a couple of proposals sent over and different things," Dalton said in a Monday radio interview. "We're working. Hopefully, we can get something done. ... Obviously, everyone would like to get something done sooner rather than later." Coach Marvin Lewis has been stumping for Dalton this offseason, but the Bengals would be wise to take things slow. It's quite possible Dalton is allowed to play out the final year of his rookie contract.

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is hopeful Andy Dalton will soon sign an extension.

"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," Lewis said Tuesday. "He can get back focusing on football." Lewis' comments come the same week owner Mike Brown referred to Dalton's contract status as a "dilemma." Despite Lewis' comments, Cincy's best play would be to let Dalton play out the final year of his rookie deal before re-evaluating his status next offseason. That appears to be Brown's intent.

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Owner Mike Brown referred to Andy Dalton's contract situation as "a dilemma for us."

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Bengals OC Hue Jackson talked up Andy Dalton at the Combine, saying he likes what Dalton "brings to the table for us."

"Andy can do it all," Jackson said. "I haven't seen anything he can't do. He ran with the ball last year. Obviously he threw it all over the yard, and obviously he ran our football team. At the end of the day, that's the characteristics that we're looking for in a quarterback for our football team as well as our organization." Jackson is expected to reduce the number of pass attempts Dalton makes in 2014, but the Bengals have been backing Dalton since his latest postseason disaster performance. Cincinnati may use a mid-round pick on a quarterback.

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The Bengals' website hints that new OC Hue Jackson will reduce Andy Dalton's pass attempts and ask him to make easier throws.

Dalton put up big stats in outgoing OC Jay Gruden's more vertical, wide-open offense. Jackson is a balanced-to-run-heavy mind, and Dalton's interception total has increased every season he's been in the league. Observes beat writer Geoff Hobson, "Jackson sounds like he is out of the less is more school and he's talking like he's not going to put as much pressure on Dalton to win games with his arm." Expect Dalton to be more of a game manager in 2014.