AJ McCarron will be facing immense pressure to not only succeed in 2018, but to first win the starting job. If he can’t win it this year he may never win it on any NFL team.
The Bills clearly invested in Josh Allen as the future of the franchise. That is no secret. But right now, McCarron should realistically be the guy to hold down the position until Allen is ready.
When McCarron was signed earlier this offseason it seemed like he should immediately come in as the starter, the same way Tyrod Taylor did once he was traded to Cleveland. However, the position remains wide open after minicamp last month.
Let’s say that no matter how great Allen looks, he is going to start the season on the sidelines. That leaves the competition between McCarron and Nathan Peterman. If McCarron loses out to the second-year quarterback, his chances of being an NFL starter are over.
Being a career backup is quite the cool gig but McCarron has made it clear he wants to be a starter. And this is really the first time he has a fair shot to be than kind of player. Now is the time for him to prove himself to the entire NFL world that he belongs on the field Week 1, and not by default.