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AJ McCarron couldn't help notice the number of draft-eligible quarterback prospects the Buffalo Bills have paraded through their facility in recent days.
UCLA's Josh Allen was in town Monday. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield visited last week.
McCarron Mike McGlinchey 49ers Jersey , on Tuesday, acknowledged he stopped to chat with some of the former college players to see how they're holding up through the pre-draft process.
And yet, their presence 鈥?and the possibility of Buffalo selecting one of them in the first round of the draft next week 鈥?won't distract McCarron from focusing on the reason he signed with the Bills in free agency last month after spending his first four NFL seasons backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.
The Bills have an opening for a starter after trading Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland this offseason, and it's McCarron's objective to fill the job.
"As quarterback, you've got to have that confidence and you've got to take that approach to it, because if you don't, you're already a step behind," McCarron said after completing the second day of Buffalo's voluntary offseason conditioning program.
He's started bonding with his new teammates over dinner, by exchanging texts and is already making plans to spend time working out together before the start of training camp.
"That's the way I've always done it," McCarron said. "I mean, even in Cincy, I knew how to do it and not step on AD's (Andy Dalton's) toes."
And forget about him paying attention to what the Bills do in the draft with their nine selections, including two first-rounders at No. 12 and 22.
"I can't worry about it because it creates mental clutter for myself," McCarron said. "So for me to worry about ifs and what could happen Authentic Customized Buccaneers Jerseys , it's just not part of my DNA. I've never been that way and won't ever do it."
General manager Brandon Beane has provided no hints regarding his draft plans. Beane said a GM's primary responsibility is finding a franchise quarterback. And yet, Beane would also consider this year's draft a success should the Bills not select a quarterback.
McCarron and Nathan Peterman are the only two quarterbacks on the roster, with both having very limited NFL experience.
A two-time national champion at Alabama, McCarron appeared in just 11 games with Cincinnati, mostly in mop-up duties. He started four games, including an 18-16 loss to Pittsburgh in a 2016 AFC wild-card playoff in which the Bengals squandered a one-point lead in the final seconds as a result of a turnover and two penalties.
Peterman proved he wasn't ready to be a starter as a rookie last season. The fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh was yanked after throwing five interceptions in the first half of his first career start in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers in November.
Peterman also threw an interception in the final minutes of a 10-3 loss to Jacksonville in an AFC wild-card playoff after Taylor sustained a concussion.
Peterman said he's focused on looking forward after spending the first month of the offseason assessing his rookie season.
"The first thing, you've got to actually look at what happened and take it all in, feel the pain of those losses and all the mistakes that you made, but also the good things that you did as well," Peterman said. "I was able to do that and able to really press that reset button and look ahead."
He also spent time working on his mechanics at the 3DQB quarterback training facility in southern California.
Much like McCarron, Peterman isn't worried whether the Bills draft a quarterback.
"It's all above my head," Peterman said. "You can't be focused on the things you can't control because it wouldn't be very productive."
NOTES: DE Cap Capi was released Tuesday. He appeared in five games with Buffalo after being promoted from the practice squad last season. ... RB Fred Jackson will sign a one-day contract on Wednesday to retire as a member of the Bills. He played eight seasons in Buffalo and has been out of football since completing the 2015 season in Seattle.
The Latest on President Donald Trump's cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House (all times local):
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins says NFL players who have been speaking out politically are fighting for racial and social equality, not disparaging the national anthem.
Jenkins issued a lengthy statement on Twitter on Tuesday after the White House disinvited the Eagles from an event originally intended to honor the Super Bowl champions. President Donald Trump has framed the decision around the national anthem and his repeated arguments that NFL players should be required to stand on the field when the song is played before games.
Jenkins says the White House made a decision "to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America Authentic Lorenzo Carter Jersey , anti-flag and anti-military."
He says he will "continue to fight for impacted citizens and give a voice to those who never had one."
President Donald Trump has held a "patriotism" event at the White House in lieu of a Super Bowl celebration for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles that he canceled.
The president said Tuesday on the South Lawn that it's time to "explain why young Americans stand for our national anthem."
Trump sang along to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" during a brief ceremony that included the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army chorus.
Trump did not mention the Eagles. He accused players of abandoning their fans because many had said they wouldn't show up. Late Monday, he canceled the event because of the anticipated low turnout.
The president says that the nation needs to remember the "fallen heroes" and that the country stands together "for freedom, we stand together for patriotism."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it was the Philadelphia Eagles, not President Donald Trump, "who changed their commitment at the last minute" to a White House Super Bowl celebration. Trump had been prepared to host the Eagles Tuesday, but announced Monday he was canceling the event.
Earlier, the White House said that the team notified the White House last week that 81 people, including players, coaches and managers would be attending. But late Friday, the team tried to reschedule, proposing a time when Trump would be overseas.
In the end, Sanders says the Eagles offered to send "only a tiny handful of representatives" to the event, "while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend."
She says, "if this wasn't a political stunt by the Eagles franchise Mike Gesicki Jersey Elite , then they wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out at the last minute."
The White House is blaming the Philadelphia Eagles for President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a planned White House event celebrating the team's Super Bowl championship.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the team last Thursday notified the White House that 81 individuals, including players, coaches and managers would be attending.
However, the team got back in touch with the White House late Friday and tried to reschedule, proposing a time when Trump would be overseas.
In the end, she says the Eagles offered to send "only a tiny handful of representatives" to the event, "while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend."
She says, "In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans," prompting Trump to cancel.
Fox News is apologizing for airing footage that wrongly suggested Philadelphia Eagles players knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Christopher Wallace, executive producer of "Fox News @ Night," says in a statement that during the show's report about President Donald Trump canceling the Eagles' visit on Tuesday to the White House to celebrate the team's Super Bowl win, the show displayed "unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer."
He says, "To clarify Authentic Nikita Kucherov Jersey , no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year," adding: "We apologize for the error."
The NFL Players Association says President Donald Trump's decision to scrap a White House visit for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles led to the cancellation of several smaller community events in the Washington area the Eagles players were to lead.
The players union said in a statement Tuesday that it is disappointed by the decision and that NFL players "love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place."
The Eagles plan to resume organized team activities in Philadelphia, though the early practice in preparation for the season is not expected to be open to reporters.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is criticizing President Donald Trump for canceling the White House celebration of the Eagles' Super Bowl win and for panning players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.
Kenney, a Democrat, said of Trump on Tuesday morning on CNN: "When he had the opportunity to serve his country for real, his father got him out of it, and I think it's really disingenuous for him to talk about patriotism in any way shape or form."
The mayor was referring to deferments Trump obtained during the Vietnam War for his college education and for bone spurs in his heels.
Kenney said Eagles fans would take the president's withdrawing the invitation in stride.
"Eagles fans understand that our players are individuals who can stand up for themselves and stand up for what they believe in and that's what this country's about," Kenney said.
President Donald Trump says he'll be honoring America at the White House on Tuesday after he canceled a scheduled event with Super Bowl champion Philade.
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