Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback AJ McCarron spent some time Sunday night watching the Miss USA 2014 pageant on TV with his fiancé, Katherine Webb, who was Miss Alabama USA in 2012. Otherwise, his nights are spoken for. He’s got a date with a team-issued iPad that serves as the modern playbook.
At the second day of the Bengals’ three-day minicamp on Wednesday, McCarron told reporters he was up until 12:30 a.m. the night before studying new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s system.
“Right now, it’s just a lot of studying and trying to make everything like it’s natural,” McCarron said, “and I don’t have to think about it.”
McCarron was a prep star at St. Paul’s in Mobile before helping Alabama win two BCS national championships in his three seasons as a starter under center for the Crimson Tide.
Unlike the Bengals’ OTAs the previous two weeks, McCarron is throwing during Cincinnati’s minicamp practices, although the team hasn’t let him air it out yet as he recovers from “arm tightness.”
“Just to get back in the swing of things and being able to have reps throwing the ball instead of just run plays the whole time — it’s definitely good,” McCarron said.
After Tuesday’s first minicamp practice, McCarron said: “I felt like I threw it well. That’s what I needed. I needed to get my flexibility back in (the shoulder).”
McCarron has to get his throwing in as the Bengals’ No. 3 quarterback. Drafted in the fifth round last month, he’s behind starter Andy Dalton and former Auburn standout Jason Campbell on the depth chart.
“That’s my role right now,” he said. “When I get my shots, I have to make the most of it.”
The Bengals conclude minicamp on Thursday, then have another set of voluntary OTAs Monday through Wednesday next week.