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PITTSFORD – Sean McDermott stayed true to his word. The Buffalo Bills’ coach said before the first practice of training camp Thursday night that the quarterback rotation used in the spring would stay in place, meaning Nathan Peterman was with the starters, AJ McCarron was with the second team and Josh Allen ran with the third team on a warm night at St. John Fisher Coll…

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MOBILE, Ala. – The highlight of AJ McCarron’s college career is not what you think it would be. A player who guided Alabama to consecutive national championships and won 36 of 40 career starts considers a 3-yard completion in a 49-0 victory against Chattanooga on Senior Day in 2013 the favorite play of his four years with the Crimson Tide. That’s because the completi…

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MOBILE, Ala. – It was two days after the “Game of the Century,” and AJ McCarron received a not-so-subtle reminder of how football is everything here in the land of the Crimson Tide. The sophomore starting quarterback at Alabama – a position that comes with more scrutiny than being the state’s governor, the saying goes – McCarron suffered his first career loss in a hard-…

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A lot of questions this week, so no room for an introduction. Let's get to the mailbag ... Jeff F. asks: Which under-the-radar player is your early guess for the surprise of camp? Jay: Rookie undrafted receiver Robert Foster. The Alabama product played last year for new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll with the Crimson Tide. He has the size and speed NFL teams…

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Before the Buffalo Bills broke for summer vacation, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott sat down for a 45-minute interview with local beat writers. The first question to the team’s general manager and coach was the same: Have either of you had a chance to relish what happened last year? McDermott went first, laughing a bit before saying, “No.” Beane was next, and the an…

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Jay Skurski was asked in his weekly mailbag which quarterback he thinks will be the Bills' starter now that we're through OTAs and minicamp. Skurski is still going with former Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron over first-round pick Josh Allen and sophomore Nathan Peterman. "I’m still picking A.J. McCarron until I see otherwise at training camp," Skurski wrote. "It’s …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Marvin Lewis broke into a smile and seemed on the verge of laughing out loud while he spoke about AJ McCarron. Lewis coached McCarron the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. For now, McCarron is expected to be the Buffalo Bills' opening-day quarterback. So what is it about McCarron that makes Lewis beam at the mere mention? "He's a joy t…

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Quarterback AJ McCarron Q: They didn’t give you any Bills gear yet, you had to wear a suit? A: Yeah, I figured I’d put the suit on. I got a pin though. Q: When you looked at your best opportunities, why did this one seem to be the most appealing to you, besides the contract? A: I thought it was just a great opportunity for myself to come up here and be able to co…

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AJ McCarron has great intangibles and he knows how to operate the quick, precision passing game. That's the kind of offense McCarron ran in Cincinnati as the backup to Andy Dalton. That's the kind of offense Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll lived in for 11 years as an assistant coach in New England. For those two reasons, McCarron looks like a fine fi…

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With the No. 1 overall pick, the Cleveland Browns can have any player they want in the draft. Maybe that's a quarterback, and maybe it isn't. Coach Hue Jackson said last week that he prefers not to start a rookie quarterback. That means the Browns could pursue a veteran option to give the rookie some time to develop. The Browns also have the No. 4 pick so they could …

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A year ago, Keith Wenning lost his status as the Cincinnati Bengals' third-string quarterback. The guy who surpassed him Aug. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville? University at Buffalo grad Joe Licata took over after starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. Things didn't work out for Licata that night. A solid performance might've given Cincy reason to add him to the prac…

Twice last year, the Buffalo Bills were in position to select any quarterback they wanted. The first time, with every quarterback on the board, they traded back eight slots. The second time, they declared EJ Manuel was the best of the bunch by drafting him 16th overall. Manuel was the only quarterback drafted in the first round, indicative of how thin last year's class w…