When AJ McCarron signed with the Texans as a free agent in March, he felt Houston was a good fit for him.
So far, the veteran quarterback has not been disappointed.
“It’s been awesome,” McCarron said. “I absolutely love it here. I love Texas. I’ve had family – been coming here since I was little – in Deer Park and I love this organization. It’s first class, everything about it is first class. I just feel really comfortable.”
Last year, McCarron spent the offseason and preseason with the Buffalo Bills before being traded to the Raiders before the start of the regular season. Now in his sixth NFL season, McCarron has learned his share of offenses, from his recent experience with a true West Coast system to now adapting to the Texans. The two-time CFP national championship winner from Alabama has been a solid addition to the Houston's quarterbacks room, bringing his experience and his passion for the game.
“AJ is a good guy, he loves football, just really our type of guy,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He just grinds it out, loves to talk about it. Kind of a guy sometimes you've got to shoo away because you've got to go to the meetings, because he's always wanting to talk about the play or the scheme. He just loves football. You can see why he won in college and why when he's gone in there in the NFL he's had some success.”
Through the nine-week offseason workout program, McCarron has picked up on the system and developed a rapport with starter Deshaun Watson. The two have more than just a national college championship in common.
“It’s been great," McCarron said. "I think we’ve done a really good job of feeding off each other energy-wise and then learning. We’ve both seen a lot of ball and I think it’s just been an awesome combo to sit in and bounce ideas off each other, ‘Hey this is what I saw’ when we come back from a play and talk about the play so it’s been great.”
The Texans currently have three quarterbacks on the roster in training camp: Watson, McCarron, and Joe Webb, who also plays special teams. While Watson is running first-team drills, McCarron has been getting his work in with the rest of the receivers.
“He's gotten better,” O’Brien said this week. “I think his arm accuracy and the more times he gets out there throwing the football, you can see improvement there, and I thought he had a pretty good day today."
The Texans practice on Saturday at the Houston Methodist Training Camp before departing for Green Bay. The Texans and Packers will have joint practices next week ahead of their preseason opener on Thursday at Lambeau Field.
Check out the best shots from Day 7 of training camp in Houston.