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Report: A.J. McCarron called in sick for Titans visit

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Perhaps more than any position, quarterbacks are in the perception business.

As it stands, A.J. McCarron is generally perceived positively, despite the reality show that his soon-to-be-wife may or may not be working on.

Now we get a nugget that may or may not change the perception of McCarron.

According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, the Alabama quarterback missed a pre-draft visit with the Titans, telling them he was sick.

Now, maybe he had a cold, or ate some bad sushi. Maybe the Titans weren’t even really that interested in him, since they didn’t reschedule.

But not every quarterback gets the benefit of the doubt. A few years ago, there were reports of Ryan Mallett skipping a workout with the Panthers, which quickly took on a sinister tone, leading to predictable denials.

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went through a similar wringer after cutting short a workout this year.

But McCarron isn’t fighting the same kind of perception issues Mallett was dealing with prior to his draft, or the same kind that seemed to circulate around Benjamin.

Again, it could be completely innocent.

But teams and fans will often see exactly what they’re looking for when news like this comes up.

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37 Responses to “Report: A.J. McCarron called in sick for Titans visit”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 24, 2014 4:50 PM

    “Sick of all the same stupid questions! Sick of having pudgy old guys yelling at me and making me jump around and do wierd things out on the field! I can’t take it anymore.”.

  2. xjippyx says: Apr 24, 2014 4:50 PM

    If Locker is healthy, Titans make the playoffs.

  3. thepftpoet says: Apr 24, 2014 4:50 PM

    This isn’t high school man…

    It’s the NFL!!!

  4. tvjules says: Apr 24, 2014 4:50 PM

    Did the tv crew capture that phone call on tape for their show?

  5. kwjsb says: Apr 24, 2014 4:54 PM

    “Report: A.J. McCarron called in sick for Titans visit”
    and the dog ate his play book…. got to hide that weak arm.

  6. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 24, 2014 4:55 PM

    Will this be on the reality show?

  7. jimmy53 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:57 PM

    viewed positively? Actually, during this draft process he has come off as a spoiled brat or do you not remember reports from his Combine Q&A.

    Here’s one report to refresh your memory:

    “The dude was flat bitter. And not just a little bit arrogant, either. This dude even tried to spar with reporters. If he didn’t sneer at reporters, he would mumble a response like, “I don’t know what kind of question that is?”

    “He acted like he wanted to fight the world. Seemed pretty clear he’s not used to being away from Nick Saban’s blanket. This character better pray he’s not drafted by the Eagles or the Jets. Reporters there will chew him up and spit him out for lunch. “

  8. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:00 PM

    Total Bust in the making

  9. deltaoracle says: Apr 24, 2014 5:06 PM

    If I were his age with a girlfriend who looked like her I imagine I’d be “sick” a whole lot too.

  10. nfl4days says: Apr 24, 2014 5:06 PM

    sounds like a leader to me.

  11. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 24, 2014 5:08 PM

    Ryan Leaf part 2 in the making

  12. morganathleticclub says: Apr 24, 2014 5:11 PM

    What? NFL players don’t get sick. Maybe it was just the Flu. Wait, then the coaching staff could all get sick and lose time prepping for the draft and mini camp.

  13. bassplucker says: Apr 24, 2014 5:13 PM

    What’s this guy’s deal? Does he want to play pro ball or not cause everything he’s done leading up to the draft says “don’t draft me!”

  14. chaseutley says: Apr 24, 2014 5:15 PM

    Ryan Leaf without the arm.

  15. tucobenedictopacificojuanmariaramirez says: Apr 24, 2014 5:23 PM

    Tom Brady without the talent but with just as hot a woman.

  16. bennyb82 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    Maybe he just didn’t want to play for the Titans? I think he pretty much guaranteed that!

  17. granadafan says: Apr 24, 2014 5:42 PM

    Soon to be a Bama bust. Nice college career with an NFL team and great coach, but never had to fight adversity which make for great QBs.

  18. ravenswhat says: Apr 24, 2014 5:49 PM

    This guy is the next Tom Brady. What a competitor.

  19. robuff716 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    Way way way too much publicity for a soon to be career back up!

  20. beardinals says: Apr 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    Maybe he had to get his ink touched up.

  21. CKL says: Apr 24, 2014 5:57 PM

    McCarron just rubs me the wrong way. I can’t put my finger on it exactly. Like he’s looking down on anyone who deigns to question him or something. I don’t know if he grew up insulated and privileged but he sure comes off like he did. I just don’t like him. Since leadership in a QB is a big deal to me, I’d never draft a guy I didn’t like or respect at that position.

  22. hrmlss says: Apr 24, 2014 6:22 PM

    The flu Manziel caught at the Manning QB camp?

  23. uglydingo says: Apr 24, 2014 6:31 PM

    I’m sick of waiting for the Draft too. AJ is Alabama royalty – solid backup QB at a minimum.

  24. akboot says: Apr 24, 2014 6:31 PM

    I’d call in sick too.

  25. nite2al says: Apr 24, 2014 6:45 PM

    You to have have a certain level of perceived talent to be labeled a bust—not this guy.

  26. rajbais says: Apr 24, 2014 7:03 PM

    Why worry about him.

    He’s a 6th rounder with a girlfriend that makes poor choices: choosing a Bama boy after graduating Auburn and picking someone who doesn’t even look old enough to shave.

  27. kylexitron says: Apr 24, 2014 7:25 PM

    Mccarron and Mettenberger will be the best two QB’s from this draft. Hear me now believe me lata.

  28. raiderrob21 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:39 PM

    CLASSIC! Get the hint Titans?

  29. majahpayne8950 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:10 PM

    How do you call in sick to a job interview with a potential employer!? I need to hang out with this guy. Lmmfao!! This dude…… cade mcnown 2.0

  30. chargrz says: Apr 24, 2014 8:33 PM

    Who is his agent? Whoever it is i am sure future players are taking notice to avoid at all costs. Horrible advice and actions since he finished season.

  31. bassplucker says: Apr 24, 2014 8:46 PM

    Keep in mind this is also the guy who got into a shoving match with his center on primetime national TV two yrs ago. What he really needs explained to him is that there are certain teams looking for a reason to draft you and other teams looking for a reason NOT to draft you. You want to give that second group of teams as little ammo as possible.

  32. rukkus1 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:07 PM

    Says alot about where the titans organization is at. Can’t blame him.

    I bet if he had scheduled with the Seahawks, it would’ve taken the grim reaper to keep him from calling in.

  33. taylormade311 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:45 PM

    This guy is going to get a rude awakening when he takes his first snap in the NFL.

  34. thereyougo2 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:48 PM

    Reminds me of SanDiego Chargers QB and has played in ONE loss at Bama. Will make some NFL team a lot better.

  35. raiderapologist says: Apr 24, 2014 9:49 PM

    He’s sporting that Jay Cutler, serial-killer face. A more pudgy Philip Rivers, without the deceptive shot-put delivery. Good luck to him.

  36. barneyrumble says: Apr 25, 2014 8:13 AM

    I’m starting to think this is a good year for the Colts to NOT have a first round pick. Not only this QB, but many of these kids seem to think they are entitled and I have a feeling that AJ, Clowney and a few others will bring less and less effort, the more and more money they receive.

  37. djshnooks says: Apr 25, 2014 12:57 PM

    Bust. Not an NFL QB, at all.

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