Manages the offense well and leads with smarts, confidence, and accuracy. Extremely polished: has seamless mechanics, is super-smooth releasing the ball, and is usually balanced and ready after the snap. Calm, diagnoses quickly, shows nice touch on mid-range passes, and is nimble running play action.
Not a power thrower and isn't a top-tier athlete or scrambling option. Mostly limited to the pocket (although he's mobile there) and gets into trouble when forced to throw deep routes. Best suited to rhythm offenses that focus on short-and-mid-range passes.
Polished, professional, accurate QB with upside.
Career Honors & Awards
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Movements & Injuries
Activated from the non-football injury list by the Cincinnati Bengals (shoulder injury).
Shoulder injury, reserve/non-football injury.
Signed by the Cincinnati Bengals to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 5th round (164th Overall) in 2014.
Bengals get QB A.J. McCarron under contract | 05/22/2014 3:32 PM
Bengals signed fifth-round QB A.J. McCarron to a four-year contract.
McCarron tumbled all the way down to the 164th overall pick. He has good size (6-foot-3 1/4, 220) and a pro-style background but lacks the arm strength to drive the ball. McCarron projects as a long-term backup at the NFL level.
Bengals take 5th-round flier on A.J. McCarron | 05/10/2014 3:12 PM
Bengals selected Alabama QB A.J. McCarron with the No. 164 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
McCarron (6-foot-3 1/4, 220) made 40 starts for the Crimson Tide, posting a sterling 36-4 record, 77:15 TD-to-INT ratio, and 66.9 completion rate. He ran 4.94 at the Combine, but won't be a plus-yardage running threat in the pros. McCarron's strengths are his pro-style background, ideal build and hand size (10"), accuracy, and decision making. Widely considered a "game manager," McCarron lacks arm strength to drive the ball outside the numbers, and will likely be dependent on a top-notch supporting cast if he ever gets a chance as a starter. He's not going to supplant Andy Dalton this year or down the line.