2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Bengals take QB A.J. McCarron, upgrade defense

By JOE KAY - AP Sports Writer
    2014-05-10 19:31

CINCINNATI (AP) - A cornerback who sees a little of himself in Darrelle Revis. A tall defensive end who is similar to Michael Johnson, even sharing his jersey number.

The Bengals think they've upgraded two important areas by getting cornerback Darqueze Dennard and defensive end Will Clarke in the draft. They also brought in a center who could start right away and a running back who could be pretty close behind.

''You feel good about it at the end,'' coach Marvin Lewis said.

And for their most intriguing move, they formed a new throw-and-catch tandem.

Get ready for A.J.-to-A.J. In practice, anyway.

The Bengals got a big-game quarterback to back up Andy Dalton on Saturday, taking Alabama's A.J. McCarron in the fifth round. The Heisman Trophy runner-up was still available for the 164th overall pick.

McCarron's history of winning national championships was enticing to the Bengals, who haven't been able to win with Dalton in the playoffs. Still, the pecking order is set for the foreseeable future. It'll be Dalton throwing to A.J. Green.

''I'm confident in myself but at the same time, I know Andy's the QB out there and I respect that,'' McCarron said on a conference call. ''All I want to do is go in and help us in whatever way I can.

''If that means me holding the clipboard for a couple of years and giving Andy reports during the week and watching film with him and helping him in any way I can, I'm just ready to do it.''

Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, only to have some of his worst games. The Bengals lost their opening-round game all three seasons, falling to 0-5 in the postseason under Lewis.

The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1990, matching the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history.

Although Dalton is entering the final year on his deal, he and the Bengals are discussing an extension and the club has been unwavering in its support. When it comes to developing his backups, Cincinnati hasn't had as much success.

The Bengals signed Jason Campbell in the offseason, their third different backup in the last three years. They still have Josh Johnson, who was No. 2 last season. Dalton had expected them to draft a backup in a later round and try to develop him.

At least initially, there's not much of a commitment to McCarron.

''We tell all our quarterbacks here: You may not start here, but if you come here and you grow and you prepare and you learn, you may have to play someplace else in your career - we never know how that's going to unfold - but what we're going to do is create an environment where our quarterbacks can be the best that they can be,'' offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said.

With Dalton getting most of the plays in practice and Campbell trying to grow into the backup role, McCarron will get his best chance to throw to Green and the other receivers before and after practice.

The Bengals think that McCarron's competitiveness will help the other quarterbacks in some ways.

''The bar in his mind is set really high and I know he felt this is a long way down the road for him to get picked,'' quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said. ''He's happy being picked, but he saw himself in a much higher light in regard to how the NFL saw him.

''I just know he sees himself as guy that's a starter, that's on top of the heap, that he can do all those things. And I love that about him.''

The Bengals moved up 12 spots in the fourth round - only the third time in franchise history that they've traded up in a round - to get center Russell Bodine from North Carolina. He'll compete right away for the start job left open when Kyle Cook was released.

Overall, the Bengals drafted Dennard, LSU running back Jeremy Hill, Clarke, North Carolina center Russell Bodine, McCarron, Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers, LSU receiver James Wright and Georgia Southern defensive back Lavelle Westbrooks.

Dennard, who tries to emulate Revis, is slated for a reserve role initially. So is Clarke, who got Johnson's No. 93.

---

Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Stephen HillAug 2 08:02p

The Carolina Panthers waived WR Stephen Hill (knee) after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, Aug. 2.

Terrelle PryorAug 2 07:52p

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor took reps with the first-team offense during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.

Martavis BryantAug 2 04:22p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (elbow) will undergo a procedure for an elbow infection that will cause him to miss the Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 9, against [ More ]

Michael EgnewAug 2 03:02p

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released TE Michael Egnew.

Tony McDanielAug 2 12:12p

The Seattle Seahawks released DT Tony McDaniel Sunday, Aug. 2. McDaniel should quickly find a new home.

Stephen HillAug 2 12:02p

Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) has an ACL injury, according to assistant head coach Steve Wilks Sunday, Aug. 2.

Sam BradfordAug 2 11:52a

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 2, and head coach Chip Kelly told reporters the quarterback doesn't have any restrictions.

Stephen HillAug 2 10:12a

The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent WR Paul Browning Sunday, Aug. 2. Browning is expected to take WR Stephen Hill's roster spot.

Brandon BoykinAug 1 08:12p

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired CB Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 1, in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles could [ More ]

Kyle WilliamsAug 1 02:22p

Denver Broncos WR Kyle Williams (Achilles') suffered at least a partially torn Achilles' tendon in practice Saturday, Aug. 1, according to a source. He may be out for the season.

Melvin GordonAug 1 02:12p

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has struggled with pass protection through the first three days of training camp.

Devin SmithJul 31 09:32p

New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) will miss a majority of training camp after suffering broken ribs Friday, July 31, according to the team. He will be held [ More ]

Bashaud BreelandJul 31 07:42p

Washington Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland (knee) is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a knee injury he suffered during practice Friday, July 31.

Bashaud BreelandJul 31 07:22p

Washington Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Breeland received a citation for marijuana possession last year.

Jason Pierre-PaulJul 31 06:22p

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) is not allowed to use his injured hand while it is healing from the fireworks accident he had earlier this month. Pierre-Paul [ More ]

Orson CharlesJul 31 06:02p

New Orleans Saints TE Orson Charles has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Marcus MariotaJul 31 03:52p

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went 13-for-18 with zero interceptions during team drills at practice Friday, July 31. He was able to use a hard count to make the [ More ]

Jameis WinstonJul 31 12:52p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was officially named the starting quarterback Friday, July 31, by Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.

Junior GaletteJul 31 12:12p

Free-agent LB Junior Galette (Saints) will sign a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins, according to a source.

James JonesJul 30 06:52p

Free-agent WR James Jones (Raiders) is signing a one-year deal with the New York Giants. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Cobi HamiltonJul 30 06:42p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Cobi Hamilton was waived Thursday, July 30.

Jason Pierre-PaulJul 30 06:42p

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) has not reported to training camp as he continues to rehabilitate from a finger injury, much to the dismay of owner John [ More ]

David FluellenJul 30 06:12p

Free-agent RB David Fluellen (Colts) signed with the Tennessee Titans Thursday, July 30.

Tyler EifertJul 30 03:23p

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert said he is 100% healthy for the first time since the beginning of last offseason.

LeGarrette BlountJul 30 01:22p

New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was placed on the Non-Football Injury list because he was not able to complete the conditioning test at the start of training camp. [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJul 30 01:02p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) said his hamstrings are fine and that he is 100% healthy entering training camp.

Terrance WestJul 30 12:52p

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West worked with the first-team offense during team drills Thursday, July 30. Head coach Mike Pettine said several running backs will see time with the starters during training camp.

Trent RichardsonJul 30 10:22a

Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is rumored to being unimpressive with his new team.

Tom BradyJul 30 10:12a

Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's lawsuit was transferred to Manhattan, N.Y., by a Minnesota judge Friday, July 30.

Tom BradyJul 30 09:52a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has filed a lawsuit against the NFL asking a Minnesota federal court for penalties against Brady to be vacated. The suit alleges that [ More ]

Jake LongJul 30 09:42a

Free-agent OT Jake Long (Rams) left his visit with the New York Giants Wednesday, July 29, without a deal. It was his second visit with the team without a [ More ]

Joseph RandleJul 29 08:43p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle received strong praise from team owner and general manager Jerry Jones Wednesday July 29. 'We have a player (in Randle) that has the potential [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group