Stacking up subs: Bengals’ McCarron NFL’s No. 2 backup QB

Andy Dalton has missed just four games in his six-year NFL career, but if the Bengals’ quarterback goes down, Cincinnati should still be in good shape according to rankings of the league’s top backup quarterbacks.

ESPN’s Fields Yates considers A.J. McCarron to be the second-best reserve QB in the league, trailing only New England’s Jimmy Garoppolo.

When pressed into action, AJ McCarron has shown himself to be a suitable starter. He played in seven regular-season games (three starts) in 2015, completing 66.4 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He wasn't as good in his lone playoff start -- his Total QBR was just 36.7 -- but the potential is there. Don't be surprised if, as a restricted free agent in 2018, McCarron is a trade target for a quarterback-needy team.

What are your thoughts on this ranking? How many NFL teams might McCarron start for if he weren’t a Bengal?

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