Mobile native AJ McCarron is starting to make an impression at the Cincinnati Bengals offseason training program.
According to an article now featured on NFL.com, McCarron — the championship quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide — has raised plenty of eyebrows at Bengals camp.
“The kid is doing awesome,” said Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry, via AL.com.
“When I say awesome, that’s kind of an understatement. I mean, last year, he kind of struggled with the arm situation. But this year, man … his throwing motion is on point. His passes are on point. I think he’s thrown one interception the whole camp. Not to say Andy (Dalton) has thrown any, but the kid is competing.”
Over at ESPN.com, McCarron has begun distancing himself in the battle to be Andy Dalton’s backup for the Bengals. Terrelle Pryor and Josh Johnson are in that quarterback battle, but ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey says McCarron is the one “making strong, timely throws and heady decisions.”
The NFL’s official Facebook page recently featured McCarron’s progress in a post that flirted with the idea of him being the Bengals future at quarterback.
Dalton’s job as the starter is said to be quite secure, but if McCarron continues to impress and Dalton struggles mid-season, the Bengals could consider a fresh look at the signal caller position.
McCarron was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and did not play his rookie season due to a shoulder injury.