NY Giants: 3 Potential backup quarterbacks for 2020

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1. Aj McCarron

 

Aj McCarron broke into the league with the Bengals as a fifth-round pick in 2014 as a quarterback that many were divided on. A two-time national champion, most felt that McCarron was a system QB that benefited from the talent around him while at Alabama.

Through the first six years of his career, it’s been hard to dispell that notion. Unfortunately for McCarron, he was never really going to have a chance to start as Andy Dalton was already entrenched as the starter and a very productive one at that.

The former Alabama star did make his mark in the 2015 season when he won 2/3 games down the stretch and brought the Bengals back from down 15-0 in a playoff game against the Steelers and hitting AJ Green with the go-ahead touchdown late before Jeremy Hill fumbled with less than two minutes to go to blow the game.

Since then, McCarron hasn’t gotten much of a shot to show what he can do again. He signed a 2/$10M contract with the Bills in 2018 and it looked like he was going to be a bridge starter while Josh Allen got some experience under his belt, but a pre-season injury derailed that. He was traded to Oakland at the end of that pre-season and released after the season.

If the NY Giants do want to sign the 29-year-old, it shouldn’t cost all that much. McCarron signed on with the Houston Texans last year for 1 year at $3M, and that’s likely around what it would cost Big Blue in 2020. With about a dozen other quarterbacks available with legit experience, McCarron should be there for the Giants if they want him, and the team could do a lot worse.

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