Found May 11, 2014 on The Sports Bank:
So I guess AJ McCarron made a really poor impression on NFL scouts and front office people. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that AJ McCarron, who quarterbacked Alabama to a pair of national titles, rubbed teams “the wrong way” when he met with them heading into the draft. It’s not the first time that we’ve heard things along these lines about AJ McCarron. NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported that McCarron’s repeated claims that he’d been told by teams that he would be a first-round pick didn’t sit well with some talent evaluators around the league. McCarron said last month that he expected to go as high as the 16th pick no lower than the 35th pick. Uhm yeah, he was only off by about 150 picks or so when the Cincinnati Bengals finally called his name in round five. After Georgia QB Aaron Murray. I seriously thought AJ McCarrin would be the fourth, fifith or sixth quarterback off the boards. Instead he was the ninth. I guess AJ McCarron and his fiance Katherine Webb are perfectly matched...

Cincinnati Bengals tie for highest draft grade in all of AFC

Seven rounds and 256 players later, the 2014 NFL Draft is finally complete. As the dust settles, it’s time to assess how each team fared during the league’s annual selection meeting. Some went all in, seemingly mortgaging their future for the player they wanted this year (see Buffalo). Others were able to wheel and deal their way to multiple high-profile picks (see St. Louis...

Grading the Cincinnati Bengals second round pick, Jeremy Hill

With their second overall draft choice, the Cincinnati Bengals elect to go offense. Surprising, to some,  Marvin Lewis and the Bengals selected LSU running back Jeremy Hill. Selection Grade: A Hill gives Cincinnati’s offense, a more explosive, Benjarvus Green-Ellis. The 235 pound running back gained just over 1400 yards, during his sophomore season at Louisiana State University...

AJ McCarron reportedly rubbed teams the wrong way in interviews

Despite his claims that he would go in the first round of the NFL Draft, former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was not selected until the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. Some of McCarron’s behavior over the past few months may have something to do with that. According to Pro Football Talk, ESPN’s Adam Schefter […]

AJ McCarron: ‘I wasn’t healthy at Alabama’

All AJ McCarron did at Alabama was win football games, but that wasn’t enough to make him one of the better pro prospects in a loaded 2014 draft class. McCarron fell further than some expected and was eventually scooped up by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round. Would he have gone higher if he […]

Cincinnati Bengals’ select Will Clark, 88th overall

Late Friday night,  the Cincinnatii Bengals used their third round pick to upgrade their defensive line. After losing last year’s starting DE Michael Johnson (56 tackles and 4 sacks)  to free agency,  the Bengals had to bring in a good replacement. West Virginia DE Will Clark could he the answer. Selected with Cincinnati’s third pick in the draft,  the 6’6 pass rusher registered...

Cincinnati Bengals: Evaluating the draft through round five

A nasty defense just got that much nastier on Thursday, May 8th. When the Bengals selected cornerback Darqueze Dennard out of Michigan State in the first round and No. 24 overall, their pass defense received a huge upgrade. I was shocked to see Dennard still available that late in the first round, but thank god he was. After drafting Dre Kirkpatrick at No. 17 overall in the 2012...

Bengals draft A.J. McCarron

The Cincinnati Bengals have drafted former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the fifth round of this year’s draft. With Andy Dalton in the final year of his contract, McCarron will have to prove that he can be an NFL starter if he wants to take his job. The chances are that Dalton gets an extension and McCarron doesn’t end up being a good NFL starter. var ACE_AR = {Site...

Bengals unexciting but efficient with draft class

CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis last week compared his excitement level each year during the NFL Draft to "watching paint dry." Life isn't supposed to be so stressful if you're prepared for what you're doing. The Bengals used to be easy pickings for draft analysts looking to criticize a team. Those days are long gone as the franchise has melded its old ways of depending...

Bengals moving on from loss of Michael Johnson

CINCINNATI -- The reality of the NFL is that teams can't always keep all the players they want. The economics of the league's salary cap don't allow for it, instead forcing teams to constantly overturn rosters with a greater mixture of youth to its veteran core. Case in point when the Bengals lost defensive end Michael Johnson to Tampa Bay in free agency this offseason...

Bengals RBs Jeremy Hill & BenJarvus Green-Ellis Expected To Compete For Backup Job

  Despite having running backs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis on roster, the Cincinnati Bengals elected to select LSU RB Jeremy Hill in the second round of last week’s NFL Draft. From the sound of it, the Bengals are already prepared to give Hill a shot at winning the backup job in training camp this year. “I don’t think you can ever have too many (running backs...

The heat is off of Andy Dalton

Mike Brown likes leverage almost as much as he likes quarterbacks. Or maybe it's the other way around. For that reason, you guessed the Bengals might help themselves to a QB during Friday night's portion of the never-ending NFL draft. They didn't. (For next year, the league is pondering adding a fourth draft day, and pushing the whole thing back to near the end of May...

Bengals cut QB Josh Johnson

After adding quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jason Campbell this offseason the Cincinnati Bengals cut ties with Josh Johnson. Johnson was the primary backup for Andy Dalton last season. He appeared in two games, threw zero passes and ran the ball seven times for 20 yards last seasons.

Cincinnati Bengals cut Josh Johnson

Since the completion of the 2014 NFL Draft, many sports news outlets have slated the Cincinnati Bengals as one of the biggest winners of the draft. The organization made all of the right moves. If you take a look at what the team’s officials have done since the beginning of the offseason, it is clear there has been a plan in place, and they have remained consistent with those plans...

A.J. McCarron Says He “Wasn’t Healthy” And “Played Through A Lot Of Injuries” At Alabama

A.J. McCarron slipped deeper into the NFL Draft than he–and many others–expected. The former Alabama quarterback was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft Saturday afternoon.  One of the big criticisms of McCarron was that he played with a lot of talent in Tuscaloosa, talent that, perhaps, hid some of the quarterback’s faults. In an interview...

AJ McCarron: “I sacrificed a lot playing for Coach Saban”

  AJ McCarron sure is doing a lot of talking. He was convinced that he could go as high number 16 in the draft but didn’t end up getting picked until the 164th pick by the Bengals. Now he has a new excuse as to why he dropped so much. He sacrificed his body to play for Nick Saban: “A lot of people don’t realize I wasn’t healthy at Alabama,” McCarron said. “I sacrificed...
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