Dalton flashing plenty of potential

Rookie mistakes are still coming, but Dalton's makeup bodes well for Cincinnati's future

Originally Published: November 21, 2011
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- As a kid growing up in Texas, where football is more religion than sport, Andy Dalton didn't burn to play the game. Because his friends played soccer, he played soccer -- and by his own admission was "decent," but not anything special -- and since the soccer and football seasons conflicted, he didn't play football.

That changed in sixth grade. Dalton joined a stacked team as a wide receiver and, given his soccer background, a kicker. The next year, he moved to quarterback, ...

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