Life changed for Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green when he became a father. And in a roundabout way, it could help the Bengals on the field as well.

Via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Green’s son Easton has given him plenty to work for, as well as a new appreciation for quarterback Andy Dalton.

“We’ve gotten closer I think because of it,” said Dalton, the father of two sons. “We have been at different phases in life. I came in married and he was dating. Then, I had a kid, he got married. Now he has a kid, too, so now we are finally at the same stage so I feel like it’s made us kind of closer. Not that we weren’t able to relate before, but now we really understand what each other is going through off the field, too.”

That kind of synergy comes at a good time for the team, after father figures such as Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko left in free agency, leaving the team in the hands of Dalton and Green more than ever.