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NFL Rumors: Andy Dalton Starting Right Away?

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t convinced that they would have to sign a quarterback once free agency is finally underway.

“I don’t think there’s an exact need. I feel really good about the guy we were able to draft,” Lewis said via the team’s website. “If he ends up being the starter as a rookie, I think he can do that.”

Andy Dalton seems to be ok with starting if the teams decides to anoint him their starting quarterback.

“Everybody says that [Palmer] is not coming back, but I can’t worry about that,” Dalton said. “I just have to come in and learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, and put myself in a position to be successful when I get the opportunity.”

“Obviously, everyone knows about the current situation with Carson Palmer. As far as I know, it’s open [competition]. We’re trying to figure out who will be the guy, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Dalton was a good pick for the Bengals but it would be risky to start him right away if he doesn’t show that he’s ready to do so early on. Signing a veteran QB would help prevent a boom or bust scenario but then again the free agent market doesn’t have a lot of talent at the position.