14 key facts about backup QB AJ McCarron | Daily Brew

AJ McCarron is coming back for season two with the Houston Texans.

He re-signed with the franchise recently, and is back for another go-round.

2019 was an odd year for the veteran quarterback. A backup to Deshaun Watson, he missed the latter part of training camp and all four preseason games after sustaining a hand injury during joint practices with the Packers in Green Bay.

Watson stayed healthy and guided the Texans to 10 wins in 15 starts. After Houston clinched the AFC South in Week 16 at Tampa Bay, playoff seeding was set regardless of the season finale outcome, so McCarron started at home against the Titans in Week 17.

Here are 14 key facts to know about McCarron.

  1. Went nearly four years (3 years, 354 days) between starts: was starter for Texans in Week 17 this season, and last started for Bengals in a Wild Card playoff game following 2015 regular season
  2. In Week 17 versus Tennessee, he guided Texans offense to only game-opening touchdown drive of regular season
  3. Completed 21-of-37 passes for 225 yards in two games this year
  4. Ran for 1st rushing touchdown of career during that start versus Titans
  5. Started four games and played in 15 during 6-year NFL career
  6. In a trio of late 2015 starts, Bengals went 2-1 and McCarron completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 552 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT
  7. Drafted by Bengals in 5th round (164th overall) of 2014 NFL Draft
  8. Spent 2018 with the Oakland Raiders as the backup to Derek Carr
  9. Completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 9,019 yards and 77 TD as Alabama QB from 2009-13
  10. First quarterback to ever guide a team to back-to-back BCS National Championships
  11. Crimson Tide career passing yards and touchdowns leader
  12. Grew up in Mobile, Alabama
  13. His younger brother Corey played tight end at Alabama, fullback at Middle Tennessee State
  14. Full name is Raymond Anthony McCarron, Junior

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