9. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Last season appeared to be the one that would change the narrative surrounding Dalton, transforming him from an inconsistent tease to a full-fledged franchise passer who finally elevated his game to star material. Then he broke his thumb in December, and the story had a much different ending than the one many of us expected. But Dalton was much better last season before he was sidelined, leading the league in passer rating at 106.2 and eliminating most of the forehead-slapping mistakes that plagued him in years past. The glass half-full view is that he has arrived as a play-maker, and his prime promises more of what we saw in 2015. Then again, it’s up to Dalton to prove last season wasn’t a prematurely ended career year.

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