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Bengals QB AJ McCarron Launching App With Pro Bowlers Aquib Talib, Demaryius Thomas and Aaron Donald

It's not the first app launched by a Bengals backup signal caller as fans of Jordan Palmer's RunPee app will recall.

Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron is going into business with Denver bad boy, three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aquib Talib, a venture that also includes three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of the world champion Broncos and All-Pro Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald.

The NFL players have launched a new application with Oklahoma-based Locked In Sports that helps athletes train to play at a high level, according to a report by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

It's the second launching of a Locked In line, following Locked In For Players and Locked In For Coaches, with the players' version costing $49 yearly, or $8 monthly, and the coaches' version costing $490 a year.

The players' version includes drills developed by the app's founding NFL players, including McCarron, a first-year Bengal in 2015 who started the final three regular-season games and the Wild Card playoff loss to Pittsburgh after missing his rookie season with injuries. The players' app tracks progress, targets skills to improve and records stats, wrote Cincinnati Business Courier reporter Steve Watkins.

The report said the coaches' version allows youth coaches to monitor their players’ progress in drills and workouts, and helps coaches evaluate players. The app comes with 250 player drills, the CBC reported.

Locked In Sports said in a news release that it built Locked In "with the idea to give players access to elite-level training that’s customized to them." The NFL players creating the app say a system of instruction and drills should help young players improve.

“If I had access to Locked In when I was growing up, it would have given me an advantage I didn’t have,” Thomas said in the release. “I grew up in a small town and didn’t start playing football until late, so I never thought college ball was an option for me, let alone the NFL. I wish Locked In had been around then to give me an edge earlier in my career.”

This isn't the first time a Bengals backup quarterback has moved into the media platform business with the development of an application.

Former backup quarterback Jordan Palmer, brother of former Bengals QB and current Arizona signal caller Carson Palmer, debuted his iPhone application RunPee while in Cincinnati. Jordan Palmer's app suggested ideal times to go to the bathroom at certain minute marks of a comparatively slow segment of a movie.

The RunPee app first entered the national conscience in 2009 during an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks series, which followed the Bengals through training camp.

Wearing a RunPee shirt, Jordan Palmer talked about the app's nuanced service, which at the time cost $1.99. Carson Palmer also was seen wearing a RunPee shirt during tapings of Hard Knocks. Jordan Palmer was part of the RockSoftware team that develops and markets mobile applications.


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