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Luke McCown | Quarterback

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Louisiana Tech
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Saints QB Luke McCown will get an extended look in the Saints' third preseason game.
Drew Brees is only expected to play "a handful" of snaps before ceding the reigns to McCown. The news suggests McCown is well ahead of Ryan Griffin for the team's No. 2 job. With rookie Garrett Grayson almost guaranteed a roster spot, Griffin's roster spot is in danger. Aug 29 - 1:59 PM

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Saints re-signed QB Luke McCown to a one-year, $970,000 contract.

McCown, who will turn 34 in July, beat out Ryan Griffin for the backup job last training camp. He'll attempt to do the same this year and get $350,000 guaranteed for it. McCown has attempted one NFL pass since 2011. Drew Brees has missed one game over the last 10 seasons.
Feb 5 - 11:39 AM

Saints re-signed QB Luke McCown to a one-year contract.

McCown, 33 in July, has attempted just one pass since 2011. He has a 2-7 career record and 68.3 passer rating. McCown was mentioned as a possible replacement for Shaun Hill as Matthew Stafford's backup in Detroit to help install OC Joe Lombardi's offense. He'll return for another year as Drew Brees' No. 2.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 01:05:00 PM's Michael Rothstein considers the Lions a possible landing spot for free agent Luke McCown.

The Lions are looking for an experienced backup behind Matthew Stafford and McCown has ties to OC Joe Lombardi after spending last season with the Saints. Re-signing Shaun Hill is another possibility. McCown has a career 68.3 quarterback rating and should only require a veteran-minimum contract.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 03:37:00 PM

Luke McCown is expected to open Saints training camp taking most of the second-team reps behind Drew Brees.

McCown is trying to hold off Seneca Wallace and UDFA Ryan Griffin. Griffin has caught coach Sean Payton's eye, but is more likely a candidate for third string or the practice squad. McCown and Wallace are vying for one roster spot.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 03:39:00 PM

Saints signed QB Luke McCown to a one-year contract.

McCown, 32 in July, quietly spent last season as Matt Ryan's backup. As things currently stand, McCown projects to back up Drew Brees this year because they are New Orleans' only two quarterbacks on the offseason roster. Chase Daniel left for Kansas City and roster yo-yo Sean Canfield hasn't been re-signed.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Luke McCown is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the Falcons' Week 1 depth chart.

Rookie Dominique Davis' impressive preseason earned him a roster spot, but he's going to stay in the developmental third QB role. McCown has three years of experience in Dirk Koetter's offense.
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 06:18:00 PM

Falcons signed QB Luke McCown.

McCown has three years of experience in Dirk Koetter's offense from their time together in Jacksonville. We suspect impressive rookie Dominique Davis has sewn up the No. 2 QB job, and McCown was signed for garbage-time duties in the preseason finale. The Falcons can keep McCown on speed dial if injuries strike during the season. It doesn't hurt that he brings intel from a division rival after spending training camp with the Saints.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 02:01:00 PM

Saints released QB Luke McCown.

McCown was signed as insurance during Drew Brees' contract standoff, but was never likely to be kept around following Brees' extension. Sean Canfield is now competing against himself for No. 3 duties behind Brees and Chase Daniel.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 04:30:00 PM

Saints signed QB Luke McCown, formerly of the Jaguars.

McCown recently worked with the team on a trial basis in five practices over three days. With Drew Brees skipping offseason practices, the Saints had just Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield available. Once Brees returns, McCown's run with the team will likely be over.
Thu, Jun 7, 2012 02:56:00 PM

The Saints have invited free agent Luke McCown to June minicamp on a tryout basis.

With Drew Brees still unsigned, the Saints just need a camp arm. The only other quarterbacks in camp are current first-teamer Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield. McCown, 31, opened last season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback.
Tue, Jun 5, 2012 01:12:00 PM

The Florida Times Union expects the Jaguars to part ways with free agent QB Luke McCown this offseason.

McCown began last season as the Jaguars' starter, but was quickly removed in favor of Blaine Gabbert. The 30-year-old was incredibly timid in the pocket, checking down relentlessly and showing little to no zip on intermediate passes. McCown may struggle to land a third-string job before the start of camp.
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 02:12:00 PM

Luke McCown came off the bench to complete 7-of-11 throws for 62 yards after replacing Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Texans.

He also scrambled once for nine yards. McCown made a couple of nice late-game throws to keep Jacksonville within striking distance during the 20-13 defeat, but it obviously wasn't enough. Gabbert has been so terrible that we wouldn't be surprised if McCown started in Week 13 against San Diego. Resist picking him out outside of two-quarterback leagues, however.
Sun, Nov 27, 2011 04:11:00 PM

Coach Jack Del Rio refused to name a Week 3 starting quarterback after yanking Luke McCown for Blaine Gabbert in Sunday's loss to the Jets.

McCown was pulled after posting a 1.8 quarterback rating with four interceptions and a yards-per-attempt average of 3.10. "I guess the immediate next question is what are you gonna do going forward, and my answer is that we'll discuss that as a staff," Del Rio said. "I made the decision in this ballgame to let Blaine (Gabbert) play and get some experience, and we'll go from there. ... We're gonna do the things that make sense for us to win on Sunday."
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 10:03:00 PM

Luke McCown completed just 6-of-19 passes for 59 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in Week 2 against the Jets.

You read that right. McCown had arguably the worst performance of any quarterback ever, so bad that he was pulled early in the fourth quarter in favor of rookie Blaine Gabbert. After a lackluster Week 1, McCown showed why he's a career clipboard holder, forcing multiple throws with little to no zip that were easily picked by the Jets defense. It remains to be seen who draws the start in Week 3, but you don't need us to tell you that McCown shouldn't be owned in any type of fantasy league.
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 03:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Ryan Griffin
4Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Khiry Robinson
4Tim Hightower
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1C.J. Spiller
2Mark Ingram
FB1Erik Lorig
2Austin Johnson
3Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Nick Toon
3Jalen Saunders
4Willie Snead
5R.J. Harris
WR21Marques Colston
2Brandon Coleman
3Seantavius Jones
4Joe Morgan
5Josh Morgan
WR31Brandon Coleman
TE1Ben Watson
2Josh Hill
3Orson Charles
4Alex Smith
K1Dustin Hopkins
2Zach Hocker