New York Jets: AJ McCarron an option at QB?

The New York Jets are atrocious on offense and they may very well get the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. However, that doesn’t mean Sam Darnold will leave USC after this season.

New York has to look at other options going forward and one name that comes to mind is A.J. McCarron.

The 27-year-old quarterback is a restricted free agent after this season and it doesn’t look like he’ll be the starter in Cincinnati, especially since he just encouraged  people to support Andy Dalton as the starter. I know it’s just his way of being a good teammate, but the Bengals will use that as ammo when dealing with critics that aren’t pleased with Dalton starting every game.

McCarron didn’t play in 2016, but in 2015 he completed over 66% of his passes for 854 yards and six touchdowns.

The Jets have to create depth at the quarterback position because it’s not a guarentee that the Jets will get it right. If Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson aren’t ready to play for a few years or if they look like busts, the Jets must have a QB that has experience in the NFL.

Gang green has to give A.J. McCarron an opportunity to be their starting quarterback. Not just because they’re desperate, but because he has upside and he spent four years as a quarterback at Alabama. Bama has a winning culture and it helped McCarron.

He raised his game to a high level as the Crimson Tide’s QB and he threw 77 touchdowns and only 15 picks. McCarron was a winner, he’s smart and he’s 6′ 4″. The guy deserves a shot to be a starter somewhere. He has sat behind Andy Dalton, a very ineffective QB and a guy that doesn’t resemble a leader of men in that Cincy locker room.

The Jets must spend money at their offensive line and focus on bringing in play makers, but acquiring McCarron might have to be the Jets first move this off-season. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring him in now.

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