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Josh McCown | Quarterback | #15

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Sam Houston State
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (81) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes it's not a "done deal" that Josh McCown is the Jets' Week 1 starter.
The New York Post shared a similar sentiment in mid-June, and it's not the first time Cimini has questioned if McCown will be the starter. A 38-year-old journeyman who is always hurt and only sporadically effective, McCown certainly shouldn't be gifted starting duties. The problem is the ineptness of the young quarterbacks behind him. Christian Hackenberg isn't a legitimate NFL prospect and Bryce Petty blurs the line between No. 2 and 3. McCown is the favorite, but won't come close to making 16 starts. Jul 8 - 9:18 AM

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Brian Costello of the New York Post doesn't think it's a "sure thing" that Josh McCown will start Week 1.

It's the second time in three days a Jets reporter has expressed skepticism of McCown after ESPN's Rich Cimini said Friday that the perceived gap between McCown and Christian Hackenberg "isn't as wide as we thought." Given reports of Hackenberg hitting unsuspecting reporters with errant passes at OTAs, you have to wonder just how badly McCown must be playing for Hackenberg to gain ground on him. The same goes for Bryce Petty, who has sunk to third on the depth chart. In addition to having the league's worst quarterback situation, the Jets may have the league's thinnest receiving corps. This is shaping up to be a train wreck year in East Rutherford.
Jun 18 - 9:53 AM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes said Josh McCown has been "far and away" the best quarterback at Jets OTAs.

Hughes qualifies the statement by pointing out he has only been allowed to watch two practices so far, but the comment is not at all surprising because McCown is actually an NFL quarterback. Unfortunately, McCown has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, meaning we will likely see Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty at some point this season.
May 30 - 11:58 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Josh McCown is the "heavy favorite" to start.

McCown starting has been the expectation since he signed in March, but the Jets plan to give all three quarterbacks equal OTA reps and have continued to say there is an open battle. While Cimini does expect there to be a competition, he thinks McCown "will be the clear-cut front-runner" entering camp. Even so, McCown has struggled to stay on the field in recent years, so it is likely we will see Christian Hackenberg at some point this season.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 11:16 AM

Josh McCown said his "goal" is to win the starting job, but he is also happy to mentor Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.

"I look forward to every day coming in and working with Hack and Bryce, and trying to give away the things that I learned in my career," McCown said. "That is something I believe in as a person, not just inside football, but in every walk of life." Coach Todd Bowles has promised an open competition which McCown is the heavy favorite to win, but that battle will not stop McCown from helping Petty and especially Hackenberg get ready to play. It will not be a surprise if all three make starts this season.
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 9:44 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said there will be an open competition at quarterback.

Bowles said Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg will all get their chance to win the starting job. The coach also did not rule out the possibility of a rookie being added to the mix. McCown is the favorite to win any competition, but he has not been able to stay healthy the last several years. It is likely multiple quarterbacks start for the Jets in 2017.
Mar 28 - 10:21 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan wouldn't commit to Josh McCown as the team's starting quarterback.

Maccagnan said that decision will be made by coach Todd Bowles. He added that it's "highly unlikely" the Jets will add another quarterback in free agency but acknowledged that drafting one is a possibility. McCown is still the odds-on favorite to start but it's a near certainty that his body will break down at some point. That would open the door for Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg to make starts later in the year.
Mar 24 - 2:37 PM

Jets signed QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year, $6-million contract.

The $6 million is fully guaranteed, and he can earn an additional $7 million in playtime and team-based incentives. Set to turn 38 in July, McCown is the definition of a stopgap option who the Jets will hope can give them competent quarterback play while they revamp their quarterback room. Unfortunately, McCown seems to get hurt every time he touches the field at this point in his career, making it very unlikely he lasts a full season. Unless they are content to watch Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty start multiple games, the Jets still have some work to do.
Mar 20 - 7:08 PM

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports Josh McCown's visit with the Jets is "going very well" and the two sides have "discussed contract parameters."

It seems each side is serious about a deal. In theory, McCown is a good stop-gap option and mentor as the Jets attempt to develop Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but McCown has not lasted more than a few games before getting hurt the last couple years. If the 37-year-old ends up being the Jets' only addition at quarterback, Petty or Hackenberg likely will see the field in 2017.
Source: SNY
Mar 18 - 1:04 PM

Free agent Josh McCown is visiting the Jets on Saturday.

It's his second visit after meeting with the Cowboys last week. Unlike in Dallas, McCown would have a chance to start in New York where the Jets are undergoing a full rebuild. If he signs, the 37-year-old could be used as a one-year seat-warmer while the Jets groom a franchise quarterback. McCown has been a serviceable backup throughout his career but has also proven extremely fragile.
Mar 17 - 12:03 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have "touched base" with free agent Josh McCown.

McCown has generated scant interest since being released by the Browns in February. Considering the sorry state of the Jets' quarterback room, McCown would almost certainly take snaps in 2017. That would be bad news, as the 37-year-old seemingly can't go more than 15-20 plays without getting hurt.
Mar 13 - 3:45 PM

Free agent Josh McCown is visiting the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Following his release from the Browns last month, McCown said he had heard from four or five teams, but the Cowboys have been the only team publicly linked to the soon-to-be 38-year-old. There's said to be mutual interest. Signing McCown would pave the way for Dallas to move Tony Romo.
Mar 8 - 8:23 AM

The Dallas Morning News confirms the Cowboys are interested in free agent Josh McCown.

Per reporter Brandon George, they have company, as McCown has supposedly drawn interest from at least eight teams. McCown has great presence, but going on 38, he can no longer protect himself on the football field. He'd be a lackluster backup plan behind Dak Prescott.
Feb 27 - 3:05 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports there is "mutual interest" between the Cowboys and free agent Josh McCown.

According to Werder, the Cowboys need to resolve the Tony Romo situation before making a move on McCown. McCown, 38 in July, was cut by the Browns and is eligible to sign right away. He said he has spoken to a handful of teams and wants to go somewhere he can win and mentor a young passer. Dallas checks all the boxes.
Feb 27 - 9:25 AM

Free agent Josh McCown said he has spoken with four or five teams since being released by the Browns earlier this month.

McCown said he wants a chance to win and to go somewhere he can "mentor a young quarterback and work with him to make him better," comments which are not surprising considering his bright future as a coach. Going on 38, McCown is not going to get a look at a starting job, but he seems to be realistic about his market. He would be a solid backup signing for a team with a young starter.
Feb 23 - 12:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Christian Hackenberg
3Bryce Petty
RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3Elijah McGuire
4Jordan Todman
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
FB1Julian Howsare
2Anthony Firkser
WR11Robby Anderson
2Chad Hansen
3Jalin Marshall
4Marquess Wilson
5Kenbrell Thompkins
WR21ArDarius Stewart
2Charone Peake
3Chris Harper
4Myles White
5Frankie Hammond
WR31Charone Peake
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Eric Tomlinson
3Jordan Leggett
4Jason Vander Laan
5Chris Gragg
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Javarius Leamon
3Chris Bordelon
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
3Jeff Adams
4Ben Braden
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Craig Watts
3Alex Balducci
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brandon Shell
3Brent Qvale
K1Chandler Catanzaro
2Ross Martin