The Cincinnati Bengals are set to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football later on Monday night. And ahead of the matchup, the team decided to promote a familiar face of the active roster at the quarterback position.
Star quarterback Joe Burrow is unfortunately done for the season after suffering a wrist injury in Week 11. Since the injury, the team has been playing former Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning as their starter.
With Burrow’s injury, there is a need for added dept the quarterback position behind Browning. And the team decided to bring in a quarterback with some familiarity with the Bengals offense.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pellissero, the team placed cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt on injured reserve. This freed them up to make a cooresponding moving, signing veteran quarterback AJ McCarron to the active roster from their practice squad.
The #Bengals placed CB Cam Taylor-Britt on injured reserve. He's out at least the next four games.
Corresponding move: Cincinnati signed QB AJ McCarron from the practice squad to the active roster.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 4, 2023
McCarron has bounced around the league quite a bit since entering the NFL in 2015. But he does have familiarity within the Bengals organization, playing for the team for the first three years of his career.
During his tenure with the organization, McCarron started three games and actually had a fair bit of success in those starts. In games that he started for the Bengals, the team had a 2-1 record. McCarron individually had six passing touchdowns and only two interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes.
The Bengals likely don’t want to play the veteran quarterback unless something happens to Browning. But as a backup option, you can do far worse than a player like McCarron who has proven to be reliable when called upon.