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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Sam Houston State
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Josh McCown completed 17-of-23 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns' third preseason game Saturday night.
McCown was pretty sharp for the most part in the regular-season tuneup. He went 6-of-7 for 36 yards and a three-yard touchdown to Brian Hartline on a rollout play to the right on a first-quarter series. The Browns struggled a bit for much of the second quarter, but came out of the gate in the third quarter with McCown drilling Gary Barnidge for a seven-yard score. McCown also used his legs, rushing three times for 20 yards. After three preseason games, McCown is 29-of-38 for 207 yards and a 3:2 TD:INT ratio. His main job this season will be to not turn the ball over. Aug 29 - 9:18 PM

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Coach Mike Pettine reiterated that Josh McCown remains entrenched as the Browns' starting quarterback.

Pettine said the Browns "feel good" about Johnny Manziel as the No. 2, with McCown as the clear No. 1. McCown was so frenetic in Thursday's preseason game that you could argue he played more out-of-control than Manziel, who moved the offense better in the final two quarters. If McCown keeps playing like he's scared, he's not going to last long under center in Cleveland.
Aug 21 - 3:39 PM

Josh McCown jammed his right (throwing) ring finger in Thursday's preseason game, but X-rays came back negative.

Speaking afterward, McCown insisted "everything's fine." Coach Mike Pettine must agree, as he said McCown "firmly" remains the team's starter. Nevertheless, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports McCown had the finger wrapped. He should start next week's regular season dress rehearsal, but it's a situation worth monitoring, especially since Johnny Manziel showed well with the reserves on Thursday.
Aug 20 - 11:42 PM

Speaking after Thursday's preseason game, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown is still "firmly" the team's starter.

McCown tossed two picks in three drives, while Johnny Manziel racked up stats with the second- and third-team, but Pettine is unmoved. It's not surprising. Although Johnny Football performed competently, he did nothing to warrant immediate seizure of starter status. Barring an even bigger discrepancy next week, McCown will be under center Week 1, but we expect Manziel to make starts at some point this season.
Aug 20 - 11:16 PM

Josh McCown completed 7-of-10 passes for 57 yards and two interceptions in the Browns' second preseason game Thursday night.

Two picks in only three possessions of work. Looking every bit the abominable quarterback who made 11 starts for the Buccaneers last year, McCown frequently panicked in the pocket and was intercepted on a tipped pass on Cleveland's opening drive. McCown was picked again on a brutal decision late in the down on the Browns' second drive, throwing a 50-50 ball to 5-foot-7 Andrew Hawkins. Both passes were intercepted by Bills rookie CB Ronald Darby. The Browns seemingly love McCown, so we suspect he must look good in practice. Since leaving Chicago at the end of the 2013 season, McCown has been consistently horrific in actual games. Through two exhibition contests, McCown is 12-of-15 passing for 90 yards, one touchdown, and tonight's two interceptions.
Aug 20 - 9:31 PM

Coach Mike Pettine insisted Friday that Josh McCown is still "firmly" the Browns' starting quarterback.

"I haven't wavered on that," said Pettine. "He's firmly the No. 1." Johnny Manziel made highlight reels with a 12-yard touchdown run in Thursday night's preseason opener, but passed poorly and didn't put any noticeable pressure on McCown. We are maintaining that Manziel is likely to make starts at some point this season, but McCown will be under center in Week 1.
Aug 14 - 3:54 PM

Josh McCown completed 5-of-5 throws for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' preseason opener Thursday night.

McCown picked apart the Redskins' No. 1 defense with short, simple throws, guiding the offense to a touchdown after 18 seconds time of possession. He eventually hooked up with Travis Benjamin for a two-yard score. Johnny Manziel relieved McCown after one series and followed with TD drive of his own.
Aug 13 - 9:15 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi is confident Josh McCown will be the Browns' Week 1 starter.

Coach Mike Pettine recently declined to guarantee that McCown would be under center Week 1, but said he was still "firmly" ahead of Johnny Manziel. Manziel has been competent after appearing utterly lost as a rookie, but isn't playing well enough to simply seize starting duties from the Browns' free-agent acquisition. Nothing can be considered certain until the duo suits up for preseason games, but McCown has wide latitude as the No. 1.
Aug 8 - 9:21 AM

Speaking Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine declined to guarantee that Josh McCown will be the team's starter.

"I'm not guaranteeing Josh will start against the Jets (in Week 1)," Pettine said. The comments came in the same breath that Pettine called Johnny Manziel the Browns' "clearcut" backup, but hint at a competition nonetheless. We don't doubt the Browns badly want McCown to be their starter, but they've seen the same 2014 tape everyone else has. It's quite possible McCown is done, and simply won't beat out Manziel.
Jul 27 - 3:02 PM

Browns OC John DeFilippo said he was "very impressed" with Josh McCown's performance at minicamp and OTAs.

"I haven’t seen anything from an arm strength standpoint, from an athletic standpoint to tell me that his game has declined at all," said DeFilippo. "He is much better in situational football, a much smarter quarterback than he was in 2007." DeFilippo was McCown's position coach with Oakland in 2007, so the two have a history. Though he may not have trouble holding off Johnny Manziel for the starting job, McCown is coming off a brutal year in Tampa and turns 36 next month. He's someone the Browns should be planning to "hide," not feature.
Jun 21 - 11:24 AM

The Akron Beacon Journal considers Josh McCown "a virtual lock" to open the season as the Browns' starting quarterback after coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer "gushed" about the 36-year-old on Saturday.

Per beat writer Nate Ulrich, "there hasn’t been even a hint of a competition" between McCown and Johnny Manziel at spring practices. "Despite his age, people that have been at practice agree, he can still spin it," Pettine insisted of McCown. "We didn’t just look to bring in a guy who was just going to be a mentor. We wanted a guy who we think can still play a little bit if you put him in the right circumstances. He’s been more than advertised." The Browns will be in the hunt to field the NFL's lowest-scoring offense this season.
Jun 7 - 1:31 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Josh McCown to be "unchallenged" as the Browns' starting quarterback.

With the Browns "aiming to control the ball on the ground" and not turn it over, Grossi believes the soon-to-be 36-year-old veteran is out well ahead of Johnny Manziel in what is unlikely to even be a competition. By all accounts, Manziel has been horrid the opening week of OTAs, not knowing where to go with the football and leaving the pocket too much, leading Grossi to think the Browns are "moving on" from Johnny Football. We're still three-plus months away from real games, but McCown seems to be comfortably out in front of Manziel.
May 29 - 9:02 AM

Speaking Monday, coach Mike Pettine said it's "fair to say" Josh McCown will open training camp as the Browns' starting quarterback.

This comes as no surprise. McCown received $6.25 million guaranteed in the offseason, and Johnny Manziel just got out of rehab last month. After the Browns failed to draft a quarterback over the weekend, it further cemented McCown's place atop the depth chart. However, if McCown looks like the Buccaneer version of himself rather than the Bear, Manziel will make 2015 starts.
May 4 - 9:03 PM

ESPN Cleveland expects Josh McCown to be the Browns' Week 1 starter.

As do we, though the Browns' quarterback situation has clarified following the draft. With no signal callers taken, the Browns have set up a direct McCown-Johnny Manziel showdown. The Browns made no secret of their desperation to move on from Johnny Football this offseason, but it's well within the realm of possibility he makes starts in 2015. McCown is not a viable starting quarterback.
May 4 - 2:41 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team plans to add "at least" one more quarterback despite Friday's signing of Josh McCown.

It will be a mid- to late-round pick or lower-tier free agent. The Browns can't burn another day-one pick on a signal caller after last year's Johnny Manziel fiasco, while they don't have the money to commit to another one of this year's "top" free agents. McCown's three-year deal includes $6.25 million guaranteed, a princely sum for a 35-year-old journeyman who was horrendous in 2014.
Mar 2 - 4:36 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Thad Lewis
4Pat Devlin
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Terrance West
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Terrance West
FB1Malcolm Johnson
2Manasseh Garner
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Terrelle Pryor
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Josh Lenz
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Jim Dray
3Rob Housler
4E.J. Bibbs
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons