Bengals take QB McCarron, fill holes on defense

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals got another quarterback to back up Andy Dalton, this one with a history of winning big games.

They took Alabama's A.J. McCarron in the fifth round Saturday. The Heisman Trophy runner-up fell to the 164th pick overall.

So it'll be A.J. McCarron-to-A.J. Green, but mostly in practice. Dalton is the unchallenged starter, and McCarron will have a backup spot for now.

Cincinnati shored up two areas on defense — cornerback and line — and drafted a potential starter at center and a power running back.

The Bengals drafted Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, LSU running back Jeremy Hill, West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke, North Carolina center Russell Bodine, McCarron, Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers, LSU receiver James Wright and Georgia Southern cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks.

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