McCarron is signing a one-year deal with the Falcons, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network believes it's a sign that the Falcons aren't likely to selected a quarterback in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The team already passed on that opportunity in the first round, selecting TE Kyle Pitts at No. 4 overall. McCarron has thrown for only 1,173 yards and six touchdowns in the NFL, but he'll definitely have talent to work with if he gets on the field in Atlanta, home of Pitts, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, in addition to 35-year-old QB Matt Ryan.
McCarron only handled one offensive snap while appearing in two games for the Texans in 2020. McCarron did get a chance to throw the ball on his only play of the season, a pass which he completed for a gain of 20 yards. The 30-year-old signal-caller is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but he shouldn't have any difficulty finding another backup role.
McCarron completed 21 of 36 passes for 225 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans. He added five rushes for 39 yards and a score. 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 able to orchestrate only one more scoring drive, capping a 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.
McCarron is expected to serve as the Texans' starting quarterback Sunday against the Titans, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. 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.
McCarron went 0-for-1 and was sacked in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Ravens. 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.
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|2||09/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|3||09/26||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|4||10/03||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|5||10/10||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|11||11/18||New England Patriots||4||17.88|
|13||12/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|15||12/19||@San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
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