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Luke McCown | Quarterback

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Louisiana Tech
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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. Mar 26 - 1:05 PM

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ESPN.com'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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 3:37 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

Luke McCown completed 17-of-25 passes for 175 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Jaguars' Week 1 win.

The Jaguars didn't ask McCown to carry their offense, "protecting" him with 42 rushing attempts and a short passing game. McCown's lone turnover was a lost fumble. The Jags will be able to withstand McCown's shortcomings if they dominate in the trenches and McCown avoids Grossman-like moments going forward, though we're skeptical either will happen long term. His starting job should still be safe heading to Week 2 against the Jets.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 06:12:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Luke McCown will start the season opener against the Titans this week.

McCown is more of a gunslinger than Garrard, with durability concerns and poor pocket presence. In other words, Rex Grossman Lite. The good news is that McCown completed 12-of-18 passes for 133 yards (7.4 YPA) and a 125.5 passer rating in limited preseason action this year. The bad news is that Blaine Gabbert isn't close to being ready to lead an NFL offense. McCown's ascension to the starting lineup won't drastically alter the fantasy values of Mike Thomas, Marcedes Lewis, or Maurice Jones-Drew in Week 1. Just know that all Jaguars will have less stability this year.
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 03:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
FB1Erik Lorig
WR11Kenny Stills
2Nick Toon
3Jalen Saunders
WR21Marques Colston
2Robert Meachem
3Seantavius Jones
WR31Nick Toon
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
K1Shayne Graham
2Dustin Hopkins