AJ McCarron was not expected to play a significant role as a rookie for the Cincinnati Bengals, but after failing to get on the practice field thus far in training camp, so could the former Alabama Crimson Tide signal-caller be in danger of losing his spot on the roster?
McCarron has yet to practice with the Bengals in training camp as the fifth round pick is struggling to overcome a tight throwing shoulder and according to Peter King are in no rush to get him back.
The two-time national champion at Alabama was held out of workouts in the spring and aggravated his injury in June’s minicamp, but the team believes rest will be the best way to treat this injury and surgery won’t be an option.
“Mr. Brown and coach Lewis just want to give me a lot of rest,” McCarron said early this week, via ESPN.com. “I’m just doing what they say.”
With Andy Dalton signed to a six-year deal worth $115 million potentially, the future is awfully muddled for McCarron to work his way to a starting position with the Bengals and with Jason Campbell signed this offseason to be the team’s backup to Dalton, where does that leave McCarron?
Rarely do teams carry three quarterbacks on the roster any longer with roster spots at a premium at other positions, so if McCarron does not get on the practice field soon, he could find his status as a fifth round draft pick does not guarantee his place on the team’s 53-man roster.