Fourth-year pro with 17 NFL starts was acquired on waivers from Arizona on 4-3-13 ... Played seven games (six starts) for Cardinals in 2012 ... Won his first six home starts, a Cardinals QB record for Super Bowl era ... Started/won 2012 season opener, but suffered fourth-quarter injury and missed next four games.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Arizona in fifth round of 2010 NFL Draft (155th overall) ... Signed with Cardinals on 7-14-10 ... Waived by Cardinals on 4-2-13 ... Acquired on waivers by Cincinnati on 4-3-13.
2012 HIGHLIGHTS: Directed a 20-16 win in season opener Sept. 9 vs. Seattle, but left game in fourth quarter due to ankle injury ... Inactive due to the ankle injury for Games 2-5 ... Returned to action Oct. 14 vs. Buffalo, after injury to starter Kevin Kolb ... Had a 17-yard completion to WR Larry Fitzgerald on game-tying FG drive in fourth quarter vs. Buffalo, but Bills won 19-16 in OT ... Started Games 7-10 ... In Games 7-9, passed for 262 yards Oct. 21 at Minnesota, 290 yards Oct. 29 vs. San Francisco and 306 yards Nov. 4 at Green Bay ... Relieved by Ryan Lindley in first half of Game 10, Nov. 18 at Atlanta ... Active-DNP as No. 2 QB for Games 11-12 ... Started Dec. 9 at Seattle, passing 11-for-22 for 74-0-4 ... Active-DNP for Game 14 and inactive for Games 15-16.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010—Rookie got starting nod in Arizona’s final four games ... Was inactive third QB for Games 1-11, and played as reserve, replacing injured Max Hall, in Game 12 ... Team was 2-2 in his four starts ... Directed win in his first start, a 43-13 contest Dec. 12 vs. Denver that was Cardinals franchise’s first win vs. Broncos in nine tries ... Led 27-26 win Dec. 25 vs. Dallas, with 74-yard TD pass to WR Andre Roberts and a game-winning FG drive in fourth quarter.
2011—Played in eight games with seven starts for Cardinals, seeing starting time when Kevin Kolb was out with injuries ... Passed for career-best 1913 yards and 11 TDs, with 14 INTs ... Team was 5-2 in his starts, as Cardinals rallied to finish 8-8, and in each win he led clinching drives in fourth quarter ... Made first start in win Nov. 6 vs. St. Louis, passing 20-for-35 for 222-1-0, with 13-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald in fourth quarter ... Passed for career-best three TDs in win Nov. 13 at Philadelphia, and his career-best 315 passing yards included 166 with two TDs in fourth quarter ... Tied career best of three TD passes Dec. 11 vs. San Francisco, entering game after Kolb suffered head injury, and his 106.5 passer rating (19-for-28 for 282-3-2) stands through 2012 as his career-best ... Passed 23-for-44 for 297-2-3 in loss Dec. 24 at Bengals ... Closed season by leading win on 1-1-12 vs. Seattle, passing 22-for-40 for 271-1-1.
COLLEGE: Started 41 of his 43 games over 2006-09 at Fordham ... Was earliest-drafted player from Fordham since 1955 and first QB ever drafted from school ... Finished Rams career with school records for passing yards (9923), TD passes (69) and completions (802) ... Led NCAA’s FCS ranks as a senior with school season record of 3708 passing yards.
PERSONAL: Hometown is El Paso, Texas ... Attended Burges High School, where he passed for 2172 yards as a senior ... Also starred in high school in basketball, baseball and track ... Uncle, Javier Loya, is a minority owner of Houston Texans.
The backup derby for Andy Dalton officially began this week in the first week of OTAs and since we're talking about a No. 2 quarterback, the numbers don't necessarily compute.
The Bengals on Wednesday acquired QB John Skelton, who was previously with Arizona, to compete behind Andy Dalton. The club also signed LB Vincent Rey, who is entering his third NFL season.