CINCINNATI (AP) -- More plays to pick. More route variations for receivers. When he gets into the huddle during training camp, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has many more options at his fingertips nowadays.
It's a lot different than a year ago.
Dalton and the rest of the Bengals were learning a new offense on the run last year during training camp, which was shortened by the NFL's lockout. Cincinnati hired offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and installed his West Coast-style passing game, something that was new to the whole team.
Somehow, they made it work well enough to reach the playoffs as a wild card despite having a rookie quarterback in Dalton and rookie receiver A.J. Green. Both made the Pro Bowl with their unexpectedly strong showings.
They feel like they're actually working out of a playbook this training camp.
"We can put in more stuff," Dalton said before practice on Saturday. "We can all basically do whatever we want with some of the guys."
It's a quantum leap.
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