CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals are making a change at quarterback.
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero announced it first via Twitter the Bengals plan to bench Andy Dalton after the bye-week and start rookie Ryan Finley.
The team confirmed the news saying Finley was told about the change Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Zac Taylor said the bye week buys more time for rookie Finley to become more comfortable as the starting quarterback.
“I don’t think there’s ever a good time, but I think now is the time - let’s make the switch and get behind Ryan," he said.
“It will send a message, wake some people up and put a sense of urgency they have upstairs in the locker room so we can get our first win," teammate Carlos Dunlap said.
Andy Dalton was not present during open media time Tuesday.
“Shows no one’s job is safe. You have to perform,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said.
The news dropped on the day of the NFL trade deadline, which also happens to be Andy Dalton’s birthday.
ESPN’s Diana Russini says the team found out Tuesday afternoon.
Russini says the reason behind the switch is to see what the rookie can do.
Finley is scheduled to speak on Wednesday.
Taylor would not comment on any trade speculation.
Finley’s first start will be a week from Sunday against the Ravens.