On the first day of the Bengals' OTA practices on Tuesday, Andy Dalton didn’t hesitate in airing it out.

During the first part of practice, Dalton connected with A.J. Green, who was being covered by Terence Newman. Later in the session, he went deep a couple times for Marvin Jones, connecting once when the second-year receiver beat Taylor Mays and Adam “Pacman” Jones in coverage.

Said Dalton of that first pass to Green: “Urb (receivers coach James Urban) came up to me and said you already know what the route is, so I knew it was going to be a go ball. Had to set the tone for how it’s going to be.”

The pass to Jones though might have been the nicest of the day. Jones was able to get a couple steps on the defensive backs and Dalton was able to lay it in there.

Conversations about Dalton and being able to consistently throw it deep won’t subside any time soon. Dalton knows it and so does everyone else. That is why it has been a focal point during the offseason workouts.

Of balls in the air 20 yards or more last season, Dalton posted the fourth-lowest rating among AFC quarterbacks at 52.9. He was 19 of 73 for 633 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

During the past three weeks, when position coaches have been able to work with their players, quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and Dalton have been working on the trajectory and accuracy.

They have also been working on quickening up the time Dalton drops back in the pocket along with throwing the ball a little higher on different throws. Both Dalton and Zampese said that they have already seen improvements.

“It’s good to come in and hit some of these. I thought we did a good job,” Dalton said. “The receivers are out there running well and we’ve got a lot of guys making plays. That’s what you expect.”

Added Zampese: “We got it where we need to get it. It’s better than it was and we just have to get used to the timing of live guys running. With the OTAs we get more chances to keep working on it.”