As crazy as those first few hours were following McCarron's trade from the Buffalo Bills to Oakland, the whirlwind hasn't slowed down a bit since McCarron joined his new team.
He had new teammates and coaches to meet and an entire offense to learn in just over a week now that he's Derek Carr's only backup and could be thrust into action Monday night when Oakland opens its season against the Los Angeles Rams.
"It's not the easiest thing in the world. I'm trying my hardest," McCarron said. "I've been coming in really early, spending a lot of time staying late. God forbid something happens, hopefully I can go out there and handle it pretty well."
The Raiders dealt a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Bills last Saturday for McCarron and then immediately cut E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook, who had been competing for the backup job.
Oakland had been anticipating McCarron might be available with Buffalo having drafted Josh Allen in the first round and also having Nathan Peterman in place.
"We kind of had our eye on him," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "Had been evaluating him through the preseason with the thought that maybe there might be an opportunity for some of those quarterbacks or one of those quarterbacks on that team to become available. We had some intel on AJ from other coaches that had worked with him. But we liked the player. We're happy to get him. He's been good since he's been here. He's been a quick study in terms of picking up the offense. He's been in the building from dawn to dusk every day. Just a real pleasure to have him right now."
McCarron has been working extensively with quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan to learn a complex offense installed by coach Jon Gruden.
McCarron said it's completely different than what he had been running in Buffalo all offseason but he is familiar with many of the West Coast concepts. The main job this week is learning the language and the formations that go with the offense.
"I do a pretty good job of managing all that," McCarron said. "When it comes to learning football I think I'm pretty smart. You can only play so many defenses. It's just being real familiar and knowing the ins and outs of the offense. God forbid I get in there Viktor Arvidsson Jersey , it's not going to be perfect. But I know how to battle and keep trying."
McCarron had hoped to be the starter in Buffalo after spending his first four seasons as the backup to Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. McCarron started just three regular-season games and one playoff contest for the Bengals but got a two-year contract from the Bills that included a $4 million signing bonus.
But that never materialized as the Bills went with Peterman as the starter until Allen is ready to take over, and McCarron now needs to sell the house he bought in Buffalo.
"It's a business. There's a lot of things that go on behind the scenes. It's part of it," he said. "I enjoyed my time there, even though it was for a cup of coffee and maybe a doughnut. The people there are great, the fans are really awesome. We lived in a great neighborhood. It was an awesome city and we enjoyed our time there."
NOTES: RB Marshawn Lynch has been limited by a groin injury all week but is not listed on the injury report for the game against the Rams. ... RB DeAndre Washington (knee) is out and DT Brian Price (hamstring) is questionable.Andrew Luck said all the right things Monday.
He feels good, hopes to be full go when training camp begins and believes he will be a better overall quarterback when he returns.
All he has to do now is prove it.
For the first time in more than three months, Luck fielded questions from local reporters about his surgically repaired right shoulder and explained his longer-than-expected recovery might have been at least partially the result of his desire to come back too quickly.
"I think I pushed a little too hard at times. Your body, as I'm learning, will tell you no at certain times and you just have to listen to it Youth Cassius Marsh Jersey ," Luck said as the Indianapolis Colts started their offseason work.
"I've gone and skipped steps before and paid for it. Been in pain and not able to help the team. Embarrassed, guilty, whatever. I'm not going to do that again."
Luck didn't go into specifics about what he would, could or should have done differently after initially hurting the shoulder in September 2015.
He missed the next two games then made four straight starts before suffering a season-ending liver injury in November.
Luck opted against surgery that offseason and instead wound up signing a five-year, $140 million contract extension.
In 2016, he started 15 games and had his best statistical season despite continued pain. But he hasn't taken a snap since having surgery for a partially torn labrum in January 2017, and he still isn't throwing regulation-sized footballs. He's been limited to working only with miniature footballs this offseason.
Still, it's progress. And it's a far cry from last October when Luck's throwing regimen suddenly stopped because of continued shoulder soreness.
He spent the next month seeking additional medical opinions before moving his rehab to Europe.
Luck finally returned to the team facility in late December and has spent most of the past three months working out in California with noted quarterback experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.
The good news is Luck says he's feeling much more confident in his recovery.
"If I wasn't making progress, it would freak me out and we would have to change something. But I am Jaguars Authentic Jerseys ," he said. "I'm feeling better."
The bad news: Fans have heard all this before.
Whenever Luck gets back, he will be working with a vastly different supporting cast.
New head coach Frank Reich will be calling the plays. Running back Frank Gore and receiver Donte Moncrief left in free agency and receiver Phillip Dorsett was traded to New England for Jacoby Brissett, who started the final 15 games for Indy last season.
Luck might have a slightly different look, too.
"I wouldn't say I'm changing my throwing motion," he said. "And that's a big part of what I've been working on, making sure I'm using my body as effectively as possible to throw a football and not over- or under-compensate in any way."
Some of the Colts' newcomers, such as recently signed free agent Eric Ebron, chose Indy because they believe Luck will be better than ever.
"He was the reason I came here, to keep it honest Radek Faksa Jersey ," said Ebron, a tight end. "It doesn't matter as much where I played, I wanted a quarterback who would work with me the way that I knew I needed him to work with me."
When exactly Ebron and Luck will start working out together remains unclear.
While acknowledging there now is a timetable for his progression, he's keeping it confidential for now.
But the biggest difference between this year's offseason workouts and last year's is that Luck sounds more confident about himself and his shoulder.
"I feel stronger, I feel more fit," he said. "I feel way more confident in myself and I don't look at my shoulder and say 'why are you failing me?' like the guy in 'The Old Man and the Sea.' I feel like I have a bit more grasp of the situation. There is still a bit of a journey left and I'm not going to skip any steps."
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