Nov 8, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) passes against the Washington Huskies rafturing the third quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Is it conceivable that the Bengals are truly looking for a backup plan, just in case Andy Dalton doesn’t work out?
Absolutely it is, but what about A.J. McCarron? McCarron has a lot of uncertainty surrounding him as well. He worked in an Alabama system that is tough to fail in. The NFL is a whole different story and though Nick Saban knows the NFL, it presents in completely different level of opposition.
Options are never a bad thing, but Cincinnati also picked up Josh Johnson. It’s inconceivable that they keep four quarterbacks on their roster when the season starts meaning that Johnson and McCarron would be playing for their jobs rather than competing for depth chart order.
Brett Hundley is a good option for the Bengals as an immediate backup. NFL.com has compared Hundley to Jason Campbell, who played for the Bengals in 2014. They list his willingness to take a hit in order to deliver a pass, and his ability to get the ball down the field as strengths. After watching a few UCLA games last season, and NFL.com supports this, he wasn’t as much of a pocket passer as he was a runner when danger surrounded him.
As Ian Rapoport pointed out, he will have to get past two other teams, the Jets and Eagles, before he could fall into the Bengals hands. If this happens and the Bengals select him, don’t count out his effectiveness, especially if he can be taught how to play in the NFL.
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