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Bengals cut QB Josh Johnson

AJ McCarron, next man up

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In a slightly surprising move to some, the Cincinnati Bengals have officially 'moved on' from the previous back-up Josh Johnson, meaning AJ McCarron has become the new back-up quarterback to Andy Dalton.

Johnson has been around the league somewhat as the journeyman has played for the Bucs, 49ers, Browns, Bengals, and a second time for San Francisco and Cincy.

Career totals for Josh Johnson equate to:

  • TD-INT 5-10
  • Passing Yards: 1,042
  • Quarterback rating 57.7
  • Rushing yards: 274

Now AJ McCarron is on deck as the back-up for Cincy. For those unaware, McCarron is a highly decorated college football star, leading Alabama to the first ever back to back BCS championship in CFB history. McCarron was involved with the Alabama national title teams in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

We all know playing college ball (with a loaded Alabama squad every season) versus playing in the National Football League is a completely different ballgame, but maybe McCarron is showing something with the coaches to officially present himself with the back-up role. Clearly the only way to find out is in due time.