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Greg McElroy | Quarterback

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
College: Alabama
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Retired QB Greg McElroy has accepted a job with the SEC Network.
It's a natural fit for the ex-Jets and Bengals quarterback, who is better suited to talk about football at this stage in his career than play it. Charismatic with an impressive football mind, McElroy just didn't have the size or arm to succeed at the NFL level. McElroy reportedly sports a 48 Wonderlic score. Mar 24 - 2:21 PM

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Bengals QB Greg McElroy has retired from the NFL.

McElroy, 26 in May, was a decorated high school and college star but never really stood a chance in the NFL. He was a seventh-round pick of the Jets in 2011 and made one start -- a Week 16 loss to the Chargers in 2012. McElroy signed a futures deal with the Bengals in January. He may look to coaching or politics.
Mar 21 - 9:50 AM

Bengals signed QB Greg McElroy to a reserve/future contract.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide star spent 2013 stashed away on the Bengals' practice squad. McElroy is a beloved teammate who's lauded for his football intellect, but simply doesn't have an NFL skill-set. He's unlikely to earn a spot on the Bengals' 2014 53-man roster.
Jan 7 - 5:24 PM

Bengals signed QB Greg McElroy to the practice squad.

Waived/injured by the Jets last week, McElroy was released with an injury settlement on Monday, clearing his path to Cincinnati's taxi squad. McElroy is lauded for his intangibles and leadership, but doesn't have an NFL skill-set. He'll likely be working in T.V. within the next 18 months.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Jets released QB Greg McElroy with an injury settlement.

McElroy's fate was sealed when he sustained a mild knee sprain in practice ahead of the preseason finale. That allowed Matt Simms to step up and seize the No. 3 job with a 33-of-44 for 285 yards performance against the Eagles on Thursday night. ESPN has reportedly already reached out to McElroy about being part of College Gameday.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 01:59:00 PM

A source tells the New York Post that Jets QB Greg McElroy sustained a mild knee sprain in practice this week.

McElroy's injury caused the flailing Jets to sign Graham Harrell. Mark Sanchez (shoulder) won't play in the preseason finale and Geno Smith can't play because the Jets might need him for Week 1. Matt Simms is expected to start Thursday.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Jets QB Greg McElroy has fallen to No. 4 on the depth chart and is battling for a roster spot.

McElroy has been working with fourth-team in OTAs and has fallen behind Matt Simms, who has been taking all the third-team reps for the second consecutive week. While we caution not to look too much into snap counts during OTAs, it's not a good sign for McElroy's future with the team.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, May 30, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Greg McElroy tried to hide his concussion from the coaches and medical staff.

McElroy suffered the brain injury in last week's loss to the Chargers and wrestled with the decision to alert the higher-ups for days before finally doing so on Thursday morning. McElroy talked with teammates WR Clyde Gates and LG Matt Slauson before alerting head coach Rex Ryan. McElroy is probably one of the smarter players in the entire league, but he grappled with the same issue every NFL player debates throughout the season. He knew he had an opportunity to start another game, while he also knows he may never get another chance to do so again in his career. McElroy ended up doing the right thing for his long-term health, but it shows us what goes on behind the scenes on a daily basis in the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 08:13:00 PM

Greg McElroy (concussion) will not play in Sunday's game against the Bills.

McElroy was feeling headaches after last week's loss to the Chargers, but didn't tell the coaches or medical staff. It came to a head Thursday morning when he was still feeling headaches while lifting weights. At that point, the Jets took him for concussion testing and he's been ruled out for the finale. Mark Sanchez will start against the Bills and Tim Tebow will be the backup.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Greg McElroy is on the Week 17 injury report with an abdomen injury, but is practicing in full.

The "full" designation suggests McElroy will still start Sunday's finale against the Bills, but he'll likely be on a short leash. Expect one more weekend of continuous sideline shots of backups Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 01:54:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan announced after Sunday's Week 16 loss to San Diego that Greg McElroy will remain the Jets' starting quarterback in Week 17.

At least for the remainder of this season, the 6-9 Jets have closed the book on Mark Sanchez. Against the Chargers, McElroy completed 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and an interception. He also scrambled four times for 25 yards. The Jets' offense has no explosive element regardless of who's under center, and McElroy wasn't any worse against San Diego than Sanchez has been all season. The Jets will wrap up the season at Buffalo in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 06:14:00 PM

Jets announced Greg McElroy as the Week 16 starter versus the Chargers.

The coaching staff was reportedly concerned with the potential fallout from passing over Tim Tebow, but they decided to stick with football over publicity. One option discussed was splitting duties between the two quarterbacks, with McElroy starting but Tebow mixed in more liberally in zone-read/Wildcat looks. Even without the threat of Tebow stealing snaps, McElroy isn't a fantasy option in the Jets' talent-starved run-heavy offense.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 02:57:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan has reportedly chosen Greg McElroy as his starter versus the Chargers in Week 16.

Several reports had Ryan "leaning toward" McElroy. The New York Daily News now confirms that McElroy will be under center for the first snap. Although Tim Tebow did get an entire offensive series to himself Monday night, the actions of the Jets coaching staff has made it abundantly clear that they don't view him as more than a gadget player and special teamer. One of the options on the table is to split duties between McElroy and Tebow. In which case, neither QB is worth adding except in the deepest of two-quarterback leagues.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 02:14:00 PM

According to the Daily News, Jets owner Woody Johnson "prefers" Greg McElroy to be the starting quarterback.

McElroy guided the Jets to a win in a relief role last week, so Johnson appears smitten. The report also says that GM Mike Tannenbaum and OC Tony Sparano prefer Mark Sanchez. None of these heavy hitters want Tim Tebow under center. Ultimately, the final decision will be in the hands of head coach Rex Ryan, who has shown silly amounts of loyalty to Sanchez over the last 2.75 seasons. We're expecting a decision here by Wednesday.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 09:49:00 AM

Relieving Mark Sanchez with roughly three minutes left in the third quarter of Week 13, Greg McElroy came on to complete 5-of-7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown as the Jets downed the Cardinals, 7-6.

McElroy rolled right off boot-action to find TE Jeff Cumberland wide open in the end zone on what ultimately proved the game-winning score. McElroy isn't much of an athlete and lacks arm strength to throw the ball downfield, but it's fair to wonder if he'd be a better option than Sanchez to manage games going forward. We'd still bet on Rex Ryan going back to Sanchez for Week 14 at Jacksonville.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 04:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Tyler Wilson
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2BenJarvus Green-Ellis
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
2Orson Charles
3Nikita Whitlock
WR11A.J. Green
2Mohamed Sanu
3Ryan Whalen
4James Wright
5Jasper Collins
WR21Marvin Jones
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Brandon Tate
4Cobi Hamilton
5Colin Lockett
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Tyler Eifert
3Alex Smith
4Kevin Brock
K1Mike Nugent
2Quinn Sharp