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Atlanta Falcons sign former Alabama QB AJ McCarron as a backup to Matt Ryan

AJ McCarron celebrates touchdown pass for Texans
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The Atlanta Falcons did not take a quarterback on Thursday night, but it has signed one anyway.

According to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Falcons have acquired former Alabama signal-caller AJ McCarron to serve as Matt Ryan’s backup. McCarron, 30, has played with the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, and the Houston Texans.

He spent the last two seasons with the Texans as Deshaun Watson’s backup.

McCarron has a one-year deal with the Falcons.

He was taken in the fifth round (No. 164 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He was a three-time BCS National Champion at Alabama, including twice as the starting quarterback. McCarron was an All-American, Maxwell Award winner, and Johnny Unitas Award winner in 2013. He finished runner-up to Jameis Winston in the Heisman Trophy voting that year. McCarron finished his career as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader for passing yards (9,019) and touchdowns (77). He holds the record for yards, but Tua Tagovailoa (87) has surpassed the Mobile (Ala.) native for scores.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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