Who Dey Notes: Bengals Need O.J. Howard, McCarron Speaks

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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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In less than three weeks, the NFL Draft will be upon the Bengals. They need O.J. Howard. McCarron speaks out about his situation.

It’s never easy to relax, during the crazy days of the NFL offseason. One moment things are set in stone and then suddenly the roof caves in. Such was the case with the Bengals during free agency. If any fan didn’t see the departure of Andrew Whitworth, they had their head in the sand. But, Kevin Zeitler going to the Cleveland Browns was a shocker. Unless the Bengals do some wheeling and dealing before the year is over, Tyler Eifert will be the next menu item up for grabs. That’s why an addition like O.J. Howard would be a safe and solid grab.

Before the pitchforks and torches come out, think about the situation. Eifert has been a solid player…when he’s able to stay healthy. That’s the key to the situation. When Andy Dalton wowed the league in 2015, there was an underlying reason for his success. The tall, lanky guy who wears No. 85 had a decent year too. In fact, that year resulted in a Pro Bowl appearance for Tyler. But, he got hurt again.

The Bengals could essentially take care of three scenarios by drafting Howard. Dalton would again have another big target to snag passes over the middle. Howard was a beast at the NFL Combine. You know that running back with the last name Fournette? He timed at 4.51, running the 40-yard dash. Wanna know who else ran a 4.51? Yup. O.J. Howard. If you think that’s no big deal, Howard weighs at least 10 pounds more than Fournette. Let that sink in. A big man with hands and speed. His college resume isn’t what the Bengals like to see. But, that can be fixed over time.

What’s Really Goin’ On? 

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Is he staying? Is he going? The question is a never-ending cycle of confusion. AJ McCarron has been on the minds and lips of Bengals fans since taking over for Dalton in Week 14 of 2015. What’s the big deal? Unless you live under several rocks (and a couple of boulders), McCarron becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017 season. Marvin Lewis has denied trade activity surrounding his backup quarterback. But, the rumors are still out there.

How does McCarron feel about all the attention he’s getting during the offseason?

"“I can’t control it,” McCarron said, per AL.com. “That’s the tough part in this business, but it is what it is. You just focus on what you can control, and everything will work out. I don’t think anything. I just go with what I know, and as of right now, I’ll be in Cincy.”"

Per cleveland.com, Mary Kay Cabot has insider knowledge about the Browns interest in McCarron. AJ knows the system that coach Hue Jackson has implemented. That would be a huge plus.

Next: Possible Draft Day Trade?

McCarron has stated that he’d like to be a starter. If the push from Jackson gets stronger, that could be a possibility during the draft. The Bengals love keeping fans in the dark.

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