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Josh McCown | Quarterback | #13

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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Recent News's Ian Rapoport reports many teams would be interested in Josh McCown as a coach for 2017 if he retires.
Speaking Thursday, Browns coach Hue Jackson called McCown a "rising star" as a coaching prospect, and said he's made of the "right stuff." Speaking to ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCown indicated he's unsure if he'll return for a 16th year as a player in 2017. Speaking to local media, however, McCown said he wanted to continue playing. Going on 38, McCown has grown too fragile to realistically continue his playing career. Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:36:00 PM

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Browns declared QB Josh McCown, OL Shon Coleman, S Trae Elston, QB Kevin Hogan, DE Tyrone Holmes and OL Gabe Ikard inactive for Week 14 against the Bengals.

McCown is a healthy scratch. That means Cody Kessler will serve as the backup to Robert Griffin III, who is making his first start since Week 1. No Browns were listed as questionable this week.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Josh McCown completed 25-of-43 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 27-13, Week 12 loss to the Giants.

McCown also lost two fumbles, one of which Jason Pierre-Paul housed for a score. The yards were mostly empty, coming with the Browns trailing all afternoon. McCown did manage to find Terrelle Pryor for a few big conversions, but whenever his team really needed a play, McCown couldn't deliver. McCown remains an injury waiting to happen behind the Browns' sieve-like offensive line. The Browns are finally going on bye before returning against the Bengals in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Josh McCown will start Sunday's game against the Giants.

Cody Kessler has his second concussion in a month, and the Browns are going to be cautious. McCown was horrendous in relief Sunday, freelancing too often and putting his body at risk. McCown gets injured almost every game he plays, so it's possible he won't be the only quarterback to take snaps against the Giants. He'll most likely be backed up by Kevin Hogan, as Robert Griffin III isn't believed to be ready.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 01:25:00 PM

Josh McCown completed 14-of-27 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 24-9, Week 11 loss to the Steelers.

McCown also lost a fumble that the Steelers covered up for a touchdown. McCown played the fourth quarter in relief of Cody Kessler, who suffered his second concussion of the year on the final play of the third period. McCown was truly horrendous, making zero plays and taking unnecessary hits. McCown has zero regard for his body, which isn't a good thing in this offense. Speaking afterward, coach Hue Jackson intimated McCown will start Week 12 over Robert Griffin III if Kessler isn't ready.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Josh McCown completed six-of-13 passes for 59 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble Thursday in the Browns' Week 10 loss to the Ravens.

McCown subbed in for starter Cody Kessler early in the third quarter. It was a rare panic move by coach Hue Jackson and it did not pay off. McCown reminded us why he belongs on the bench by throwing an interception on his second play of the night. Terrell Suggs caught McCown’s arm on his followthrough, causing the ball to sail off course. Later he heaved up a prayer to Terrelle Pryor that was easily picked by Eric Weddle. His last turnover came on a strip sack by Suggs with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Kessler didn’t move the offense but at least he wasn’t turning it over. The 0-10 Browns now have 10 days to decide on a quarterback before next week’s home game against Pittsburgh.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 11:45:00 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson still isn't ready to name his Week 9 quarterback.

Cody Kessler is practicing in full as he returns from his concussion, but Jackson continues to leave the door propped open for Josh McCown. It's unclear why, but Kessler would still seem to be the favorite. Whomever starts will be a QB2 streaming option against the Cowboys.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:39:00 PM

Josh McCown completed 25-of-49 passes for 341 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Browns' Week 8 loss to the Jets.

The overall line looks good, but much of the production came as McCown led the Browns to a 20-7 halftime lead. McCown was just 9-of-22 for 113 yards, both of his interceptions, and a meaningless late touchdown after halftime. His first interception was a puzzling throw deep into double coverage, and he led Duke Johnson into a big hit which popped the ball into the air on the second pick. That turnover set up what ended up being the game-winning field goal. It was a poor performance in a game the Browns probably should have won. Cody Kessler will likely start next week against the Cowboys if healthy.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Josh McCown will start Week 8 against the Jets.

Cody Kessler (concussion) has officially been ruled out, and the Browns aren't trying to use former practice-squad QB Kevin Hogan as the starter. McCown's reinsertion under center gives all three of Terrelle Pryor, Gary Barnidge, and Isaiah Crowell a boost. Barnidge had a real connection with McCown last season and is a decent bet to end his scoring drought to open the year. McCown isn't the worst option for owners desperate owners looking for a quarterback streamer.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:59:00 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson expects Josh McCown to be the team's starting quarterback against the Jets.

Cody Kessler seems unlikely to get cleared from his concussion, paving the way for McCown's return. McCown has been practicing in full. His start will probably be a one-off, as Jackson seems intent on developing Kessler. McCown will have some QB2 streamer appeal against the Jets' burnable defense, but doesn't have many weapons to work with.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 01:56:00 PM

The Chronicle's Scott Petrak believes "everything points" to Josh McCown (shoulder) starting against the Jets.

Cody Kessler (concussion) did not practice again Thursday, and McCown was reportedly "humming the ball" in practice Wednesday. McCown will get the start and is a great streaming option at home against the Jets.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 11:58:00 AM

Josh McCown was reportedly "humming the ball" in his return to Browns practice Wednesday.

He also reportedly had a "pep in his step." The Browns listed McCown's participation as "full," suggesting he has a better-than-average chance to start against the Jets. He'll be more so on track if he bounces back for another full practice on Thursday. McCown will be playable in two-QB leagues and worth a look as a QB1 streamer if he's green lighted for this favorable matchup.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:29:00 PM

Josh McCown (collarbone) practiced in full Wednesday.

According to beat writer Nate Ulrich, it's a "sign" McCown is expected to start against the Jets this Sunday. With Cody Kessler still in the concussion protocol and not practicing Wednesday, the Browns are gearing up McCown for the start over former practice-squad rookie Kevin Hogan. McCown gives the Browns a much better chance for offensive success and boosts all of the Cleveland skill players, including Terrelle Pryor and Gary Barnidge.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Josh McCown (collarbone) said he's "moving in the right direction" to play Week 8 against the Jets.

McCown has been itching to play for the past couple weeks, and he may finally get the chance with Cody Kessler in the concussion protocol and UDFA Kevin Hogan looking legitimately overwhelmed as a passer in his relief duty last week. McCown would give the offense a much better chance at success against the Jets. If he starts, McCown might be on the DFS map against a bad pass defense. Gang Green is 27th in pass yards allowed through Week 7.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Josh McCown (collarbone) has "a chance" to return this week.

Cody Kessler is expected to remain the starter when healthy, but he exited Sunday's game with a concussion. That leaves rookie Kevin Hogan as the only healthy option if McCown is unable to make it back. Hogan is not worth using anywhere, but either Kessler or especially McCown would be worth a look for quarterback streamers against the Jets.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 12:32:00 PM