Dalton easily had the starting job secured in his third season as he led the Bengals to the playoffs in his two previous seasons. Cincinnati entered camp with four quarterbacks, Dalton, Johnson, Skelton, and practice squad QB Zac Robinson. Robinson was unable to play in the preseason with an elbow injury leaving a vacancy at the practice squad quarterback. With Robinson ineligible the Bengals will look for someone to fill that role, but it will unlikely be Skelton or big names like Tim Tebow or Vince Young.
In game one Skelton and Johnson each threw a touchdown against Atlanta. In game two neither quarterback tossed a TD and each completed five passes. Skelton did not even play against the Cowboys in game three to give an idea of what the Bengals had already decided. In the final tuneup Johnson received a majority of the snaps and Skelton came on in the second half.
Skelton finished the preseason 15-27 for 230 yards and one touchdown. Johnson was 27-49 for 275 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Johnson also ran for 143 yards compared to the -1 by Skelton.