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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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Josh McCown completed 31-of-47 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing three times for 21 yards Sunday in the Jets’ Week 6 loss to the Patriots.
McCown got off to a booming start, staking the Jets to a 14-0 lead with a pair of first-half touchdown passes. He was especially hot on New York’s opening drive, going five-of-eight for 68 yards while adding another 16 yards on a quarterback keeper. His second touchdown of the day, a 31-yard strike to Jeremy Kerley, came on a play where McCown had to scramble to avoid a sack. McCown hurt the Jets with an interception late in the second quarter, which allowed New England to even the score before halftime. He was intercepted again on New York’s first drive of the second half on a pass that deflected off Eric Tomlinson and into the hands of Devin McCourty. McCown should have had a third touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the fourth quarter but the play was ruled a touchback on review. He’s now the sixth quarterback to hang 300 yards on New England this year. McCown will face the Dolphins in Week 7. Oct 15 - 6:04 PM

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Josh McCown completed 23-of-30 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns and an interception in the Jets' Week 5 win over the Browns.

McCown went back into the house of his latest ex-team and came out with a relatively clean performance. He hasn't lit the world on fire, but McCown has done everything needed from him over the Jets' three-game winning streak, completing at least two thirds of his passes in every game this season. McCown faces a Patriots defense at home next week that has been beatable via the pass, but is still nothing more than a QB2/Superflex option.
Oct 8 - 4:45 PM

Josh McCown is listed on the Week 5 injury report with a shoulder injury, but is practicing in full.

It's only notable because it's to McCown's right (throwing) shoulder. His status for Week 5 isn't in doubt, but the injury could limit his accuracy.
Oct 4 - 5:39 PM

Josh McCown completed 22-of-31 passes for 224 yards and one interception in a 23-20 overtime win over the Jaguars in Week 4.

Hey, the Jets are tied with the Patriots at 2-2. That almost isn't the case because McCown had an inexcusable interception in the fourth quarter, he also had a fumble returned for a touchdown on a foolish backwards pass, and he even fumbled deep in his own territory on the last play of regulation. Somewhat surprisingly, this was his first game without a rushing or passing TD. McCown hasn't been able to get the ball down the field most of the time and being sacked four times today doesn't help. Even in a revenge game against the Browns, he's not a reliable fantasy option.
Oct 1 - 5:09 PM

Josh McCown completed 18-of-23 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown during a 20-6 victory over the Dolphins in Week 3.

The Jets officially aren't going 0-16, and McCown has some high hopes the rest of the way. "We expect to win a lot of games," he said. McCown has done a decent job of getting the ball down the field and had a 69-yard strike to Robby Anderson. He's still not really going to be an option and will be a low-end QB2 against the Jaguars in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 5:01 PM

Josh McCown completed 17-of-25 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 2.

He added 31 yards on the ground with no interceptions and one fumble to actually give him a decent fantasy day -- the bar is very low. The Jets fall to 0-2 for the first time since 2007, and they'll likely be major underdogs in every road game this season. The Raiders blitzed McCown throughout this game and sacked him four times, so expect McCown to face pressure all season. He would be a low-end QB2 at best against the Dolphins in Week 3.
Sep 17 - 8:19 PM

Josh McCown completed 26-of-39 passes for 187 yards with two interceptions in Week 1 against Buffalo.

McCown managed to score a rushing TD on a designed goal-line run. He struggled to move the offense the entire game, with most his completions coming on check downs to Jermaine Kearse. McCown had a third interception on a failed two-point conversion. There's not going to be much of a leash for McCown. It's possible the Jets could turn to Bryce Petty (knee) if healthy next week.
Sep 10 - 4:22 PM

Josh McCown started the Jets' preseason finale on Thursday, playing two series.

Long tabbed for starting duties, McCown was held out all summer before some reason playing the first two series tonight. Teams almost never play their starting quarterback in the preseason finale. It was an extremely baffling decision, especially in the context of 38-year-old McCown's injury history. He was promptly injured on the second series before limping back in to finish the drive. It drove home the absurdity of the Jets' decision. The Jets are running their team like a club that wants to go 0-16. Of course, that actually is the goal, but Gang Green is being particularly flagrant about it. The Jets have the potential to be the worst offense of the modern era in 2017.
Aug 31 - 7:42 PM

Josh McCown will be the Jets' Week 1 quarterback.

McCown will be one of the worst, if not the worst, starting quarterbacks in the league, but Christian Hackenberg would have been one of the worst starters of all time. The Jets had no choice. They gave Hackenberg every chance to show improvement this summer. Instead, he went all the way off the rails. One of the most brittle players in football, McCown has zero shot at making 16 starts during his age-38 campaign. Bryce Petty will likely be the next man up, though the Jets have yet to announce the No. 2. Gang Green threatens to be historically bad on offense in 2017.
Aug 28 - 3:51 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he will announce his starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles wants to watch the tape of the third preseason game before making a final decision, but the competition is all but wrapped up after Christian Hackenberg laid an egg on Saturday night. At this point, it would be a shock if Josh McCown was not named the starter for Week 1. That said, McCown's injury history suggests Hackenberg and perhaps even Bryce Petty will get a chance at some point.
Aug 22 - 10:12 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Bryce Petty
3Christian Hackenberg
RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
3Elijah McGuire
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
WR11Robby Anderson
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chad Hansen
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2ArDarius Stewart
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Eric Tomlinson
3Jordan Leggett
LT1Kelvin Beachum
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
RT1Brandon Shell
2Brent Qvale
K1Chandler Catanzaro