Free agent pickup AJ McCarron has the most experience in the Buffalo Bills quarterback room, but that isn’t saying much. He has only appeared in 11 games, three of which were starts. But part of the reason that McCarron was brought to Buffalo was because of his style of play. McCarron has played on some of the biggest stages throughout his college career on winning teams. He won National Championships at Alabama, and he did that by managing the offense, playing within himself, limiting mistakes, and playing within the structure of the system.
McCarron got his first taste of the preseason in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers, and he executed in true McCarron fashion. He managed the game, controlled the offense and clock and efficiently, and moved the ball down the field for two scores.
McCarron finished the game 7/10 for 116 yards, went 3/4 on third down, and converted seven first downs with 11:02 time of possession. Four of those seven first downs were executed through the air. McCarron even managed to put up an explosive play when he hit WR Brandon Reilly for a 59-yard pass, something the Bills’ offense will sorely need this season.
All in all, I thought McCarron, much like the other quarterbacks, took full advantage of their snaps in the first outing of the season. So let’s break down three plays that exhibit McCarron’s style of play and what it could mean for the offense if he gets named the starter this season.