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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
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Jets coach Todd Bowles said Josh McCown will open camp as the No. 1 quarterback.
He quickly added the Week 1 starter remains up in the air. On Wednesday, Jets OC Jeremy Bates said No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold is in the running for the starting job, but it is clear he will have to earn it in camp. That said, it would be somewhat surprising if the rookie is not under center Week 1. Jun 14 - 1:13 PM

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Newsday reports recently re-signed Jets QB Josh McCown has been informed he will be the team's 2018 starter.

The Jets reportedly remain interested in free agent Teddy Bridgewater, however. They also remain candidates to select a quarterback on Day 1. Going on 39, McCown has never started more than 13 games in his career. He hit that number in 2017 but is a long shot to do it in back-to-back seasons. Despite McCown's $10 million contract, the Jets shouldn't be close to done at quarterback.
Mar 13 - 5:09 PM

Jets re-signed QB Josh McCown to a one-year, $10 million contract.

Although $10 million seems step, it was a no-brainer move for a Jets team that will pair McCown with another veteran, high draft pick or both. Gang Green was rumored to be interested in Teddy Bridgewater. A team leader who can still play respectable football, McCown's high price tag is affordable for a team with an overabundance of cap space. It also ensures that if everything else goes haywire, at least one legitimate quarterback will be on the roster.
Mar 13 - 4:38 PM

Free agent Josh McCown still hopes to re-sign with the Jets.

"Hopefully we can continue working together," McCown said in a Monday radio interview. "We’ll see how the rest of that plays out in the coming weeks." McCown previously hinted he would be "fine" with being a bridge quarterback or veteran backup. The Jets are expected to be players for Kirk Cousins. If they lose out on those sweepstakes, a quarterback will be in play at No. 6 overall.
Feb 26 - 2:28 PM

Josh McCown said he's "fine" with returning to the Jets in 2018.

McCown knows the Jets are in play to draft a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft and seems willing to be a bridge quarterback if that ends up being the case. Coming off the best season of his career in 2017, McCown is likely a contingency plan for the Jets if they miss out on Kirk Cousins in free agency.
Feb 3 - 10:34 AM

Impending free agent Josh McCown said he plans to continue playing in 2018.

"I enjoyed my season [with the Jets]," McCown said. "It's a special place from the ownership down. I enjoyed my time with Coach [Todd] Bowles. A lot of decisions have to be made within the next few months, but I loved being there, and we'll see how it plays out." McCown will turn 39 in the summer, but everyone involved with the Jets' decision-making has said they'd like for McCown to return. He'll likely be a fallback plan to the Kirk Cousins types in free agency, but McCown would be a perfect bridge quarterback and mentor for an incoming rookie.
Jan 23 - 8:14 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan is open to bringing back impending free agent QB Josh McCown.

He should be after McCown unexpectedly led the team to five wins while even more unexpectedly starting 13 games. Still, McCown is set to turn 39 in July, and the Jets are not any closer to finding their quarterback of the future than they were at this time last year. McCown is fine as a bridge option, but that bridge needs to lead somewhere other than Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.
Jan 2 - 11:56 AM

Josh McCown (broken left hand) needs surgery, and is officially done for the season.

It's a sad end to what had been an uplifting campaign for the 38-year-old signal caller. Speaking Monday, coach Todd Bowles said the two had yet to talk about McCown's future. McCown, whom many thought would retire last offseason, is headed back to free agency. Although he made it 13 games this season, McCown has always had a tough time staying on the field. Admirable though his 2017 campaign was, the Jets also need to be thinking bigger at quarterback.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 03:04:00 PM

Coach Todd Bowles announced Josh McCown suffered a broken left (non-throwing) hand in the Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

McCown was banged up in this one, injuring his back in the second quarter before then hurting his left hand the next quarter. He'll undergo further tests to determine if he'll need surgery, and we'd imagine he will. McCown was in a cast after the game. The 38-year-old almost made it through the entire season but suffered his yearly injury before doing so. It's so tough for him, as McCown is a legitimate starter in this league but cannot sustain health. Bryce Petty is next man up for a Jets team that has far and away exceeded expectations under McCown's guidance.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 09:28:00 PM

Josh McCown left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Broncos with a left hand injury and will not return.

McCown left the game earlier after injuring his back on a second-quarter scramble but only missed one play. He lasted another quarter before absorbing a huge hit from Shane Ray. McCown injured his non-throwing hand on the play and immediately went to the locker room for X-rays. He completed just six-of-12 passes for 46 yards with one interception and a lost fumble before exiting. Bryce Petty will finish out the game at QB.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Josh McCown will start the rest of the season.

Bowles has steadfastly said McCown is the quarterback, and that was certainly not going to change with the veteran playing extremely well as of late. Unless McCown gets hurt, it looks like it will be another lost season for Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 09:50:00 AM

Josh McCown completed 26-of-36 passes for 331 yards and one touchdown while adding seven carries for 19 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Jets’ Week 13 win over the Chiefs.

The 38 year old was brilliant on Sunday, matching Alex Smith shot for shot in an epic shootout at MetLife Stadium. McCown missed on a few deep balls and sometimes struggled to finish drives but was otherwise dominant, peppering Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse with slants and screen passes out of the slot. He found Matt Forte for an 11-yard touchdown late in the first half and added to his tally with a pair of goal-line sneaks including the game-winner with 2:15 remaining. McCown has been far better than expected this year and has now topped 300 yards in back-to-back games. The Jets have already won more games than they did all of last season and will aim for their sixth victory next week when they visit the reeling Broncos in Denver.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 05:58:00 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Josh McCown "is our quarterback."

The Jets are essentially out of playoff contention, but Bowles is not ready to see what Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg can do. That could change once the Jets are officially eliminated, but Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports the team has "no plans currently" to get Petty or Hackenberg in a game. In a good matchup at home against the Chiefs, McCown will be a quality streamer this week.
Source: SNY Jets
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 09:10:00 AM

Josh McCown completed 19-of-36 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns while adding two carries for 28 yards Sunday in the Jets’ Week 12 loss to the Panthers.

He was sacked three times for a loss of 25 yards, though it felt like more. McCown got off to an inauspicious start with just 129 yards in the first half, but was better after halftime, contributing 178 yards and two touchdowns after the break. The veteran had success throwing the long ball, especially to Robby Anderson, who exploded for a career-high 146 yards on six catches. McCown made many of his throws on the run and matched his longest run of the season with a 22-yard scamper in the second half. His lone turnover came on a fourth-quarter fumble, which Luke Kuechly scooped up for a 34-yard touchdown. Sunday was McCown’s 300-yard game of the season and his sixth with two or more touchdown passes. He’ll be an acceptable streamer next week against the Chiefs.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 05:52:00 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he will stick with Josh McCown as his starting quarterback.

The Jets have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg waiting in the wings, but Bowles said the only way the young quarterbacks will get in the game is if "something happens to Josh." At 4-6 heading into the bye, the Jets are not going to make the playoffs, but that does not mean they are ready to throw in the towel just yet. McCown will be a low-end QB2 against the Panthers after the bye.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 11:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

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PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Sam Darnold
3Teddy Bridgewater
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Bilal Powell
3Elijah McGuire
4Thomas Rawls
5Trenton Cannon
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Elijah McGuire
WR11Robby Anderson
2Terrelle Pryor
3Andre Roberts
4Charone Peake
5Tre McBride
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Quincy Enunwa
3Chad Hansen
4ArDarius Stewart
5Devin Smith
WR31Quincy Enunwa
TE1Clive Walford
2Eric Tomlinson
3Jordan Leggett
4Chris Herndon
5Neal Sterling
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Antonio Garcia
LG1James Carpenter
2Jonotthan Harrison
3Ben Braden
C1Spencer Long
2Travis Swanson
RG1Brian Winters
2Brent Qvale
3Dakota Dozier
RT1Brandon Shell
2Ben Ijalana
K1Cairo Santos
2Taylor Bertolet