Speaking with Mobile's WNSP on Friday, Defensive end Wallace Gilberry offered a testimonial to McCarron's improvement.
"The kid is doing awesome," Gilberry said, via AL.com. "When I say awesome, that's kind of an understatement. I mean, last year, he kind of struggled with the arm situation. But this year, man ... his throwing motion is on point. His passes are on point. I think he's thrown one interception the whole camp. Not to say Andy (Dalton) has thrown any, but the kid is competing."
The 2014 fifth-round pick won't be a threat to Dalton's starting job in training camp. If McCarron shows well in preseason action, though, Dalton's leash could tighten just a bit during the regular season.
Since entering the league in 2011, Dalton is 3-11 in prime-time and playoff games, generating a 55 percent completion rate, 12:17 interception-to-touchdown ratio and a passer rating south of 70.0 on the big stage.
If those spotlight woes continue, the Bengals will sorely need McCarron to emerge as a viable alternative.