AJ McCarron
AJ McCarron
28-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Oakland Raiders
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Bills signed McCarron to a two-year deal in March, which tells you what the team thinks about his long-term prospects. He will start this year, though, unless first-round pick Josh Allen develops far quicker than expected. The backup in Cincinnati the last four years, McCarron doesn't have a strong arm, but he completed 64.7 percent of 133 attempts with the Bengals and threw only two interceptions. He's pretty much the opposite of Allen, who has a big arm but needs to develop his accuracy. Whoever wins the job - Nathan Peterman is also still around - will play behind an offensive line that lost three starters. And this is still a run-first offense powered by LeSean McCoy, which means the team probably won't throw too many more than the 476 passes it attempted last season. Only the Bears threw less (473). The Bills are also thin at receiver with Kelvin Benjamin, who underwent offseason knee surgery, the clear No. 1 option. Even if McCarron keeps the job, it will likely be more as a game manager. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Bills in March of 2018.
Traded to Oakland for fifth-round pick
QBOakland Raiders
September 1, 2018
McCarron was traded to the Raiders from the Bills 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 that 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.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do AJ McCarron's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
0.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
3.0 Yds
 
Sack Rate
20.0%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
1.0 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
25.0%
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
85.4
 
Cornerbacks
72.3
 
Safeties
88.0
 
Linebackers
107.9
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do AJ McCarron's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.94 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.34 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.18 sec
 
Vertical Jump
28.0 in
 
Broad Jump
99 in
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
After facing trade rumors in the offseason, McCarron will enter his fourth season with the Bengals since being drafted by the team in 2014. He didn't see any meaningful time as Andy Dalton's backup in 2016, but he showed the ability to step in when needed in 2015. If Andy Dalton is forced to miss time at any point in 2016 McCarron could quickly emerge as a fantasy option at the quarterback position.
After Andy Dalton suffered a fractured thumb in Week 14, McCarron was thrust into the starting position for the remainder of the season. In his last five games, including the wild-card loss to the Steelers, McCarron posted a 7:3 TD:INT ratio while throwing for over 1,000 yards. All reports say Dalton is completely cleared of his thumb injury and will be ready for the beginning of the season, meaning McCarron isn't likely to see much action barring any future injuries. The second-year man undeniably gained invaluable experience and likely gave the Bengals a considerable degree of confidence in the health of the backup quarterback position.
McCarron is expected to be Andy Dalton's backup in 2015. The 2014 fifth-round draft pick didn't take a snap in 2014 as he had a year to learn on the bench.
McCarron joins the Bengals after a hugely successful four-year college career at Alabama. With Andy Dalton undoubtedly Cincinnati's starting quarterback this season, McCarron will hope to learn from veteran second-stringer Jason Campbell as he transitions to the NFL.
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Stays in Buffalo
QBBuffalo Bills
September 1, 2018
McCarron will not be part of the Bills' roster cuts Saturday, John Wawrow of the Associated Press reports.
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Worth keeping around?
QBBuffalo Bills
August 30, 2018
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.
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Overcomes hideous first half
QBBuffalo Bills
August 30, 2018
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.
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Cleared for practice
QBBuffalo Bills
Shoulder
August 27, 2018
Coach Sean McDermott said McCarron (shoulder) will practice Monday with no restrictions and is "ready to go," Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
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Back in mix?
QBBuffalo Bills
Shoulder
August 26, 2018
Coach Sean McDermott said 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.
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