The Atlanta Falcons are in the hunt for a new backup quarterback after losing A.J. McCarron to a season-ending injury.
McCarron suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s preseason game against Miami. That was the exact injury the Falcons feared it would be.
The Falcons only have Matt Ryan and undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks, making it a near certainty that they’ll be entering the market for a more experienced and reliable veteran backup to Ryan.
It’s been a somewhat difficult offseason for the Falcons, who also parted with one of their franchise players earlier in the offseason. McCarron’s loss isn’t as big, but it’s certainly a headache for the Falcons to deal with late in the preseason.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith hinted at some bad injury news for AJ McCarron.
McCarron started Saturday’s preseason game at quarterback for the Falcons against the Miami Dolphins. He led a field goal drive on his first series and then went 3-and-out afterwards. He was in the middle of his third possession when he was injured on a non-contact play in the second quarter.
McCarron was replaced in the game by Feleipe Franks.
After the game, Smith said he was “heartbroken” for McCarron. Reporter Cameron Wolfe said the fear was a “significant knee injury” for McCarron.
McCarron, 30, is in his first year with the Falcons. He was set to back up Matt Ryan, but his injury likely means the Falcons will be adding someone soon.
One Titans reporter speculates that Smith might want to add Logan Woodside, who played for the Falcons head coach in Tennessee.
This is a tough break for McCarron, who has thrown just 38 passes over the last two seasons.
Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron gave current Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones some words of encouragement despite a loss to their bitter rivals.
Alabama was on the wrong end of a 48-45 score in this year’s edition of the Iron Bowl. The Tide entered the game ranked No. 5 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings and needing a win to keep their hopes alive for a shot at another national championship. Despite the defeat, McCarron took to social media to tell Jones to “hold his head high.”
McCarron lost to Auburn as a senior in the famous “Kick Six” game, so he has a good idea how Jones might be feeling.
While McCarron was in the mood to offer encouragement, Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s tone after the game was a different one. He accused Auburn’s Gus Malzahn of using an unfair trick to help his team win.
AJ McCarron has been released by the Oakland Raiders.
The move came on Thursday as the Raiders need to clear some cash to pay some of their new free agent additions.
The Raiders have Derek Carr as their starting quarterback and signed Nathan Peterman in January to a reserve/future contract. It’s unclear whether they will move forward with Peterman as their backup or seek someone new.
There is some suspicion that the Cincinnati Bengals may try to bring McCarron back.
McCarron barely saw any game action for the Raiders last season. His most extensive NFL game experience came in seven games for the Bengals during the 2015 season where he threw six touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Oakland Raiders made some serious roster maneuvers on Saturday, but probably not the kind their fans were hoping for.
The Raiders traded away their best defensive player, Khalil Mack, to the Chicago Bears for a slew of draft picks. Later in the day they acquired quarterback A.J. McCarron from the Buffalo Bills. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that they surrendered a fifth-round pick as part of the deal.
McCarron had slipped to third on the Bills’ depth chart behind Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman. He suffered an injury during his start in the team’s second preseason game but returned to start the fourth game. He played the entire contest, struggling early before coming on strong in the fourth quarter.
This will mark McCarron’s third NFL team in the last nine months. He previously spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He’ll now join an Oakland quarterbacks room that also includes Connor Cook and EJ Manuel behind Derek Carr. Jon Gruden was looking to upgrade the backup position among the Raiders.
It’s safe to say that AJ McCarron will not be the answer at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills this season.
McCarron got the chance to start the Bills’ final preseason game on Thursday night, and he did not look good. The team was shutout in the first half of the game. Midway through the third quarter, McCarron’s quarterback rating had dropped to 1.0 as he was 5-for-18 for 39 yards and two interceptions.
That’s the second straight game where McCarron has failed to impress. He went 3-of-6 for just 12 yards in the team’s second preseason game. He also got injured in that game, though his collarbone was not fractured, contrary to a report. Still, he played against the Bears as if he was not at full strength.
The Bills’ starting quarterback job looks like it will come down to Josh “Inaccurate” Allen and Nathan “Five-Pick” Peterman.
Josh Allen was given a great opportunity to run away with the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback job in the team’s third preseason game on Sunday, but he had an incredibly rough afternoon. As a result, he is far from a guarantee to be under center in Week 1.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that the Bills had made it clear Allen, Nathan Peterman and A.J. McCarron were all still in the mix for the starting job before they gave Allen the nod in the all-important third preseason game. After Allen completed just 6-of-12 passes for 34 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals, the competition sounds as open as ever.
“It was made pretty specifically clear to me that Nathan Peterman is still very much in it — so, by the way, is A.J. McCarron,” Rapoport said. “If they do need to turn to Nathan Peterman, they are absolutely fine doing it. In practice, he’s been really good. He’s kind of emerging into a little bit of a leader here.”
Allen didn’t get much help on Sunday, as he was running for his life almost the entire time he was in and was sacked five times. He was checked for a concussion after his helmet bounced off the turf on one play, but he was eventually cleared.
With Buffalo’s offensive line looking like a huge concern, it might make more sense to not risk hurting Allen’s confidence early in the season. While we have seen indicators that Allen could earn the Week 1 job, the last thing the Bills want to do is put their first-round pick in a position to fail.
The Buffalo Bills received some potentially good news about quarterback A.J. McCarron’s injury on Monday.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McCarron did not suffer a fractured collarbone during Friday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
The initial fear was that McCarron suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone, which would have kept him out for several weeks at least. However, Schefter also reports that McCarron is expected to return to practice soon. He still may be dealing with a minor shoulder injury, but this explains why he was reportedly seeking a second opinion. That is also likely why Bills coach Sean McDermott refused to rule McCarron out from the team’s Week 1 starting quarterback competition on Sunday.
Buffalo announced on Monday that rookie Josh Allen will start in Sunday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Buffalo Bills could be changing their plans a bit after A.J. McCarron’s injury.
According to Bills coach Sean McDermott, he and GM Brandon Beane have discussed adding a veteran quarterback in light of McCarron’s still-murky status going forward.
“Like always, [Beane] is always looking at our situation and what we may need to do for not only the long term, but the short term in this case,” McDermott said Monday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “We’ll see.”
McCarron’s injury was originally listed as a hairline fracture of his collarbone, but the team is getting a second opinion. He had been looked at as the arguable frontrunner in the quarterback competition between himself, Nathan Peterman, and rookie Josh Allen. Obviously, a significant injury of any sort would require a change in strategy.
Buffalo Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron suffered what was believed to be a fractured collarbone during Friday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, but the team is not yet ruling him out for the start of the season.
On Sunday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters that tests on McCarron’s shoulder were inconclusive and he is seeking a second opinion. McDermott stopped short of saying the veteran is no longer in the hunt for the starting QB job.
McCarron has been battling with Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen for Buffalo’s starting quarterback job, and it seemed like a virtual certainty that he would be out several weeks after reports of his injury surfaced. None of the three players have stood out in the competition yet, with McCarron completing just 3-of-6 passes for 12 yards in Friday’s start.