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He is the clear cut backup quarterback behind Andy Dalton, but Cincinnati’s coaching staff wants more consistency from former Alabama standout AJ McCarron.

A shoulder injury kept him from playing last season, and he hasn’t had much practice since Alabama’s 2014 Sugar Bowl game. He endured a rough outing Sunday in day three of training camp.

According to, Bengals’ offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants McCarron to run the offense the way Cincinnati wants him too. McCarron was off target on numerous throws Sunday; however, he did connect on a pass to former Auburn tight C.J. Uzomah.


Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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