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March 16, 2020 09:48 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Sticking in Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 likely will operate as the team's backup again in 2020.

December 30, 2019 12:40 AM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Lacks explosiveness in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 29, 2019 08:48 AM
Texans' AJ McCarron: On tap for Week 17 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 18, 2019 09:52 AM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Makes season debut in blowout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 5, 2019 05:16 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 3, 2019 03:52 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Expected for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

The Texans ran into some quarterback depth trouble in the preseason when McCarron injured his thumb during joint practices with the Packers prior to preseason Week 1. Then in preseason Week 4, Joe Webb (foot) went down with a significant injury. McCarron warmed up prior to the preseason finale and looked like he's ready to throw if need be. The Texans may get by with two quarterbacks for now, but it's likely they'll be on the lookout for additional depth just in case.

August 30, 2019 06:28 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Out of cast, throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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

August 27, 2019 08:52 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: On track for regular season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

McCarron has missed the past two preseason contests due to an 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 to have McCarron ready for the beginning the regular season.

August 7, 2019 12:32 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Could miss preseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 06:00 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Tending to injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

March 20, 2019 07:32 PM
Texans' AJ McCarron: Inks deal with Texans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

McCarron, a former fifth-round pick, spent his first four seasons with the Bengals before backing up Derek 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 15, 2019 09:56 AM
AJ McCarron: Cut by Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 perception 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 with the Bengals, who recently signed McCarron's old quarterbacks coach with the Raiders, Brian Callahan, as offensive coordinator.

February 28, 2019 02:00 PM
Raiders' AJ McCarron: Receives support from GM
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Mike Mayock expressed a desire for McCarron to remain with the Raiders in 2019, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "I think [coach] 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 Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Oakland raised eyebrows around the league last offseason by shipping a fifth-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for McCarron. The 2014 fifth-round pick ultimately logged just 12 snaps and threw three passes for the Raiders in 2018. He'll be owed a $3 million roster bonus if he remains on the Raiders' roster March 15, with the majority of his contract then becoming guaranteed on the 17th.

September 2, 2018 09:13 PM
Raiders' AJ McCarron: Traded to Oakland for fifth-round pick
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

September 2, 2018 09:13 PM
Bills' AJ McCarron: Stays in Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

August 31, 2018 01:04 AM
Bills' AJ McCarron: Worth keeping around?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

McCarron was awful for much of the game Thursday, but he did rally the team to victory following 20-0 and 27-3 deficits, 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 11:48 PM
Bills' AJ McCarron: Overcomes hideous first half
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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

August 27, 2018 05:40 PM
Bills' AJ McCarron: Cleared for practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 12:40 AM
Bills' AJ McCarron: Back in mix?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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, the Bills seemingly don't and there may just be enough time for McCarron to sneak back into the mix. The Bills could still use 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 test for one or two of the QBs.

August 24, 2018 11:16 AM
Bills' AJ McCarron: Limited again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

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