Andy Dalton: If my number is called, I’ll be ready

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The Saints have listed quarterback Jameis Winston as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Vikings, which puts Andy Dalton in line to make his first start for the team.

Dalton signed with New Orleans in March after the club had already brought back Winston. He has taken the QB reps this week with Winston missing each day of practice in London.

“I’ve been in this situation before where you’re the backup and have to step in and play, and I’ve also played in a ton of games and started a ton of games,” Dalton said Friday, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN. “My experience, I know how to handle the whole process of everything. If my number is called … I’ll be ready.”

Dalton also has the advantage of having practiced with the team throughout the offseason program, as Winston was recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the 2021 season.

“I had the whole spring while Jameis was rehabbing,” Dalton said. “And I think that was a great time for me to get to know these guys and be around them. Just some of the stuff we’ve done through camp and everything, I feel really good about where we’re at.”

Dalton appeared in eight games with six starts for Chicago last year. He completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

10 responses to “Andy Dalton: If my number is called, I’ll be ready

  1. May be a whole different set of circumstances starting for the saints instead of the bears, but I sure don’t cotton to those 8 td, 9 interceptions numbers. Kinda sounds like Winston.

  2. This is a good decision if he plays for the rest of the year. He’s much better than the turnover machine “crab legs” Winston.

  3. Not real excited to see a backup QB. Somehow Minnesota has a tendency to make them look elite. It’s very disheartening, and needs to stop.

  4. Of thirty-two starters every week there are maybe 8 true game-changers (ex: Mahomes, Rodgers.) There are 10 guys that do very well and won’t hurt you much (ex: Ryan, Mayfield.) Then there are 14 game-managers that are interchangeable, plug-and-play, and will never be anything more (ex: Cousins, Goff.)

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