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Report: A.J. McCarron set to visit with Texans

A.J. McCarron, Raiders

Free-agent quarterback A.J. McCarron is visiting with the Houston Texans on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Texans are in search of a backup quarterback for Deshaun Watson, so McCarron could serve as a valuable piece.

McCarron spent the 2018 campaign with the Oakland Raiders, playing in two games and throwing just three passes.

The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (164th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He didn’t play at all during his rookie season, but the following season, he actually made three starts for the Bengals, throwing for 854 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 66.4 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 97.1.

However, that was essentially the extent of his on-the-field experience in Cincinnati, as he threw just 14 more passes during the final two years of his four-year stay with the franchise.

McCarron then signed with the Buffalo Bills last March, and shortly before the 2018 campaign began, he was traded to the Raiders for a fifth-round draft pick. Oakland then ended up getting McCarron last week.

The Texans are coming off of a season in which they won 11 games and captured the AFC South division title, marking their third division crown over the last four years. They then went on to lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Since becoming an NFL franchise in 2002, Houston has not made it past the Divisional Round.