Ninth-year NFL vet with a Super Bowl ring signed with Bengals as free agent on 10-1-13, and has played in nine games ... Joined club with 121 NFL games played, including 102 starts ... Played 16 games for N.Y. Giants in 2012, with 11 starts, and finished fourth on team in tackles (84) and third in INTs (three) ... Helped lead Giants to Super Bowl win over New England in 2011 season, starting 13 regular season games and all four postseason games ... Earned an NFC Defensive Player of the Week award with Giants in 2009 ... Entered NFL with Atlanta as fifth-round draft choice in 2005 and went to Giants as unrestricted free agent in ’09 ... Released by Giants this past February, and signing with Bengals marks his first NFL assignment of this year.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 5-8 and 11-15 (one start) and has seven tackles on defense and two on special teams … Inactive for Games 9-10 with a hamstring injury ... No statistics, but credited by coaches with consistent rush pressure against P Sam Martin on Oct. 20 at Detroit, helping lead to short punt late in fourth quarter that helped set up winning Bengals field goal ... Appeared on defense for first time this season Oct. 27 vs. the Jets, and recorded five tackles ... Returned to action Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland playing on special teams and briefly on defense (no statistics) ... One special teams tackle Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... One tackle on defense and one on special teams Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Started at SLB in place of James Harrison on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota and logged one tackle.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Atlanta in fifth round of 2005 NFL Draft (160th overall) ... Signed with Falcons on 7-26-05 ... Signed with N.Y. Giants as unrestricted free agent on 2-28-09 ... Released by Giants on 2-5-13 ... Signed as free agent with Cincinnati on 10-1-13.
There may be no periods in AJ McCarron’s first name, but he supplied Saturday night's exclamation points. The poise and enthusiasm the Bengals have raved about all preseason were all on display in a 21-10 pre-season win over the Bears. His 31-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones marked his first as a pro.