The Cincinnati Bengals came into training camp with near-concrete designs on slotting former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron into the backup spot behind Andy Dalton on the depth chart.
While McCarron's spot may not be in jeopardy exactly, a poor performance so far this summer could lead to the Bengals keeping a third quarterback when the team makes it's final 53-man roster cuts.
"While I don't see the Bengals cutting McCarron this year, it is possible his poor performance in camp thus far may end up leading to Josh Johnson making the final roster," Jason Marcum of SBNation wrote on Thursday. "That would leave the Bengals with three QBs and having to sacrifice a player at another position to ensure there's a capable backup behind Dalton if anything were to happen to him."
McCarron only got a smattering of practices in last year and has never taken a live NFL snap, whether in preseason or otherwise. His inconsistency during training camp may be a warning sign, or may be growing pains for a quarterback who is basically in the midst of an extended rookie season with the Bengals.