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Bengals add QB Matt Scott for depth

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals claimed quarterback Matt Scott off waivers from Jacksonville on Friday, bringing their quarterback total to four.

The Jaguars' practice-squad quarterback last season, Scott is expected to give the Bengals an additional arm. Scott could be a potential practice-squad quarterback this season, too.

His addition comes after the Bengals released backup Josh Johnson this week. Johnson's departure came just two days after former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was drafted in the fifth round.

McCarron still figures to enter the organized team activities this month as the No. 3 quarterback, behind starter Andy Dalton and backup Jason Campbell. The Bengals are still working through a contract extension for Dalton, their fourth-year starter who has led them to three straight postseasons to open his career. He has yet to win a playoff game.

Along with Johnson's release, the Bengals also released fellow backup Zac Robinson this month. Several weeks before his departure, practice-squad quarterback Greg McElroy also left. He decided to retire after three seasons. McElroy now works for ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network.

Scott spent all of last season with the Jaguars after signing with them last May as an undrafted free agent. During his preseason appearances last August he completed 18 of 40 passes for 170 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He started 17 games in college at Arizona where he was named second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. He posted six 300-yard passing games that year.