AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron

Quarterback #5
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 220 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:29
Born:September 13, 1990
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 5 (164)
Draft Team:CIN

AJ McCarron: Sticking in Houston

McCarron announced via his personal Instagram Monday that he and the Texans have agreed to terms on a contract.

Analysis: McCarron will return to the Texans for the second straight season, as he's provided a nice insurance policy behind Deshaun Watson. McCarron appeared in two games last season, completing 21 of 37 passes for 225 yards and an interception. Barring any additions to the quarterback room, the 29-year-old will likely operate as the team's backup again in 2020.

March 16, 2020 6:29 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Lacks explosiveness in spot start

McCarron completed 21 of 36 passes for 225 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans. He also added five rushed for 39 yards and a score.

Analysis: McCarron led the team on an impressive opening drive that resulted in a touchdown, completing four of seven passes for 49 yards. However, he was only able to orchestrate one more scoring drive, capping off 16 play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter. McCarron is set to be a free agent at the conclusion of the season, and should find a role as a backup, whether in Houston or elsewhere.

December 29, 2019 6:02 PM EST

AJ McCarron: On tap for Week 17 start

McCarron is expected to serve as the Texans' starting quarterback Sunday against the Titans, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Texans can still move up from the No. 4 seed in the AFC postseason to the No. 3 seed, but only with a win and a Kansas City loss. Considering the Chiefs are heavy home favorites over the Chargers and are kicking off at 1 p.m. ET, there's a good chance the Texans will be locked into the No. 4 position before their game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET. With that in mind, coach Bill O'Brien apparently isn't inclined to take any chances with Deshaun Watson (back) in the regular-season finale, as the star quarterback will be ticketed for backup duties. McCarron is thus on track to see the field for just the second time this season for what will be his first start since 2015, when he was with the Bengals. The Alabama product will have to make do with a depleted receiving corps, as Will Fuller (groin) has been ruled out, while Russini notes that DeAndre Hopkins (illness) will be active but isn't expected to play much. Kenny Stills (knee) is also questionable for Week 17 and could be limited if he's active.

December 29, 2019 5:47 AM EST

AJ McCarron: Makes season debut in blowout

McCarron went 0-for-1 and was sacked in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: McCarron's mop up of Sunday's blowout loss was his season debut. Starter Deshaun Watson, who was sacked six times and absorbed 10 quarterback hits, had not been knocked around like this since a Week 4 loss to the Panthers. So, to avoid any risk of injury, McCarron made his first appearance in a Texans uniform.

November 18, 2019 4:10 AM EST

AJ McCarron: Ready to rock

McCarron (thumb) is not listed on Thursday's injury report.

Analysis: McCarron broke his right thumb in joint practices prior to the beginning of the preseason. Now back to full health, the former Bengal will resume his role as the primary backup to Deshaun Watson in Houston.

September 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Expected for Week 1

McCarron (thumb) is expected to be on the active roster for Week 1 against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Texans ran into some quarterback depth trouble during preseason Week 4 when Joe Webb (foot) went down with a significant injury while McCarron dealt with a three-week thumb injury. They currently carry two healthy quarterbacks entering the regular season but could be on the lookout for depth just in case.

September 2, 2019 12:51 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Out of cast, throwing

McCarron (thumb) had the cast removed from his hand and threw during warmups prior to Thursday's preseason finale against the Rams, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: McCarron dressed for the game but, as expected, did not play. This is a positive sign for the Texans, who lost No. 3 quarterback to a serious foot injury Thursday. He appears on track for Week 1 against the Saints after he broke his right thumb during joint practice sessions against the Packers on Aug. 6.

August 30, 2019 6:15 AM EST

AJ McCarron: On track for regular season

McCarron (thumb) is on track to be ready by Week 1 according to head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: McCarron has missed the past two preseason contests due to undisclosed thumb injury and it now seems likely that he will miss a third. If that is the case, look for Joe Webb or Jordan Ta'amu to a majority of the reps against the Rams. However, it is reassuring for the to have McCarron ready for the beginning the regular season.

August 26, 2019 10:09 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Could miss preseason

McCarron (thumb) could remain sidelined the entire preseason, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: McCarron sustained a thumb injury during Tuesday's practice, the severity of which will cause him to sit out Thursday's preseason tilt against the Packers and possibly the remainder of Houston's preseason contests. Third-string quarterback Joe Webb is a prime candidate to see increased preseason action while McCarron remains sidelined, and the Texans could opt to sign another quarterback to the roster.

August 7, 2019 9:28 AM EST

AJ McCarron: Tending to injury

McCarron was forced to leave practice Tuesday due to a hand injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how he picked up the injury, but he seemed to hurt his right throwing hand Tuesday, and didn't return to practice. McCarron stands to back up Deshaun Watson in Houston, so don't be surprised if the team doesn't rush him back for Thursday's preseason game against Green Bay. If the Alabama product doesn't play, third-string quarterback Joe Webb stands to take on an increased workload.

August 6, 2019 4:09 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Inks deal with Texans

McCarron agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: McCarron, a former fifth-round pick, spent his first four seasons with the Bengals before backing up Derrick Carr in Oakland last season. He will now be the No. 2 quarterback behind Deshaun Watson in Houston. The 27-year-old has only started three games in his career, all of which came in 2015.

March 19, 2019 7:14 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Cut by Raiders

McCarron was released by the Raiders on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Trading a fifth-round pick for McCarron did not appear to be one of head coach Jon Gruden's finest moments last season, and cutting the quarterback with time left on his contract is doing that image no favors. McCarron will now return to the free-agent market with hopes of finding a new spot to compete for a No. 2 gig. One possible landing spot is the Bengals, who recently signed McCarron's old quarterbacks coach with the Raiders as offensive coordinator.

March 14, 2019 1:43 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Receives support from GM

General manager Mike Mayock recently expressed his desire for McCarron to remain with the Raiders in 2019, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "I think Jon [Gruden] and I both believe that the backup quarterback is one snap away from playing. It's important to have someone like McCarron ready to go," Mayock said at Wednesday's NFL Scouting Combine.

Analysis: Oakland raised eyebrows around the league last offseason by shipping a fifth-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for McCarron's services as a backup. The 2014 fifth-rounder ultimately logged just 12 snaps and three attempted passes in 2018. The Alabama product will soon be owed a $3 million roster bonus if he remains on the Raiders' roster March 15, and the majority of his contract will then become guaranteed on the 17th.

February 27, 2019 10:50 AM EST

AJ McCarron: Traded to Oakland for fifth-round pick

McCarron was traded to the Raiders on Saturday for a fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Apparently displeased with his backup quarterback situation, Raiders coach Jon Gruden is bringing in a replacement for EJ Manuel and Connor Cook. It isn't entirely clear McCarron will be an upgrade, given that he completed just 46 percent of his passes for 5.7 yards per attempt with the Bills this preseason.

September 1, 2018 1:26 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Stays in Buffalo

McCarron will not be part of the Bills' roster cuts Saturday, John Wawrow of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: We'll never know if McCarron saved his job with a fantastic comeback to rescue what began as a horrible start Thursday against the Bears. The bigger news to come out of Buffalo will be what the 1-2-3 pecking order is between McCarron, Nathan Peterman and franchise QB Josh Allen, an order that has seemingly flipped around all summer. The team has only a few more days, if that, to publicly settle the issue.

September 1, 2018 11:21 AM EST

AJ McCarron: Worth keeping around?

Coach Sean McDermott said late Thursday that McCarron is "absolutely in the race" and the fact that the quarterback played the entire final preseason game is not a reflection of McCarron's roster status, The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: McCarron was awful for much of the game Thursday, but he did rally the team to victory following a 20-0 deficit, albeit against Chicago's third and fourth stringers. While it seems more likely Nathan Peterman or rookie Josh Allen will get the Week 1 start after both were rested Thursday, it might behoove the Bills to keep three quarterbacks around, seeing as they haven't had much of an idea as to which one is worthy of the starting job going back several months.

August 30, 2018 9:23 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Overcomes hideous first half

McCarron completed 13 of 34 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's preseason 28-27 win over the Bears, adding six carries for 54 yards and a touchdown while playing the entire game.

Analysis: The game itself was just as odd as McCarron's stat line, featuring a late Buffalo rally to overcome a 24-point deficit in the second half. The 27-year-old quarterback threw a pick-six early in the game and had a 0.0 passer rating at one point in the third quarter, but he finished the night with four consecutive touchdown drives, including a 12-play, 84-yard march to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining. Though he appears to have moved past his shoulder injury, the extensive playing time in Thursday's game is a clear sign that McCarron is out of the mix for the Week 1 starting job. The Bills might be able to find a trade if they want to take that path, considering McCarron carries a $900,000 base salary for 2018, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.

August 30, 2018 8:45 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Cleared for practice

Coach Sean McDermott said McCarron (shoulder) will practice Monday with no restrictions and is "ready to go," Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.

Analysis: McCarron was hurt in the team's second preseason game but the injury didn't turn out to be as bad as it looked, so he'll return to full practice after missing just a week and a half. Josh Allen didn't do anything to separate himself from the other two potential starters during Sunday's preseason loss to the Bengals, so the week ahead is crucial toward the Week 1 fates of McCarron, Allen and Nathan Peterman, who may be the surprising current leader in the race.

August 27, 2018 1:22 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Back in mix?

Coach Sean McDermott said that McCarron (shoulder), who was only able to serve as the emergency third quarterback Sunday in the team's preseason game against the Bengals, should be ready to practice again in the next couple of days, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Josh Allen had begun to emerge as the potential Week 1 starter following McCarron's injury, but Allen struggled Sunday behind a shaky offensive line. Nathan Peterman put up another good preseason showing, but that was with mostly reserve players. While most teams should have an idea as to whom their top guy is at this stage, there may just be enough time for McCarron to sneak back into the mix. The Bills still seem to need more intel to make their final decision, so it wouldn't be a surprise for the team to use the final preseason game as a final test for one or two of their QBs.

August 26, 2018 5:13 PM EST

AJ McCarron: Limited again

McCarron (shoulder) will be limited at Friday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McCarron was also a limited participant the past two days, including some light throwing during individual position drills Thursday. He'll likely be held out of Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals, but he still seems to have a shot at being cleared before Week 1. Of course, McCarron's bid for the starting job has already taken a big hit this preseason, with another blow potentially coming Sunday if Josh Allen takes advantage of extended work with the first-team offense. Allen and Nathan Peterman both outplayed McCarron through the first two weeks of the preseason.

August 24, 2018 8:14 AM EST

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