AJ McCarron, 5th Year
(6-foot-3, 215 pounds)
Contract: 2 year-$10 million
- Fifth-round pick (No. 164 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Alabama.
- 3x BCS National Champion at Alabama.
- Started three games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015.
- Career Stats- 64.7 Comp %, 920 Yards, 6 TD, 2 INT.
AJ McCarron won a lot of games in college. Some may point to the fact that Alabama had elite talent at every position, but McCarron did a great job of handling the pressure that comes with leading the program.
Due to his lack of playing time in Cincinnati, I think McCarron has something to prove to himself and the league. I have talked to people who have worked with McCarron, and they say he is a perfectionist. He expects receivers to run routes at certain depths, and he will let teammates know when he has an issue with something.
You may see that as cockiness, I think it is his winning attitude from college boiling over. Quarterbacks are expected to carry the teams to victories, so I’m fine with a quarterback holding his teammates to a high standard. He’ll need teammates to buy in if it is going to work out for him.
If he fails to win the job in Buffalo, he may have trouble finding work elsewhere.