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Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 3:23 PM
By: John Boyle - Staff Writer
— The Cincinnati Bengals are benching veteran quarterback Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley.
Finley, a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, will take over the starting role after the team’s bye week.
»RELATED: Social media reacts to Dalton benching
Taylor talked to Dalton this morning, said it wasn’t an easy decision. Doesn’t blame Dalton for the team’s 0-8 start but said they’ve got to figure out what they’ve got with Ryan Finley. #Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) October 29, 2019
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network was the first to report the news.
Dalton, who turned 32 today, leads the NFL in completions (204) and attempts (338) this season. he’s passed for 2,252 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Finley’s first start would come at home vs. the Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 10. Finley, who has not appeared in a regular-season game, was impressive in the preseason, completing 73.4 percent (47-of-64) of his passes for three TDs and an interception.