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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
College: Sam Houston State
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Josh McCown completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and an interception in the Bucs' third preseason game.
McCown led the Bucs to three scoring drives before being replaced by Mike Glennon in the second half. He showed poor ball location and was picked off looking for Brandon Myers over the middle in the first quarter. McCown's touchdown came on a 26-yard fade to Mike Evans in the back of the end-zone. He has completed 20-of-27 passes for 178 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions through three preseason games. McCown is a low-end QB2. Aug 23 - 6:30 PM

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The Buccaneers would like to use a "no-huddle, up-tempo" attack this season.

"It's a little like in basketball," coach Lovie Smith said. "Do you want that slow-down approach? Or do you want up-tempo, running up and down? We want to be a fast team — period." An up-tempo attack can put pressure on the opposing defense, but it could also lead to several quick turnarounds for the Bucs' defense if the offense struggles. No matter how fast the offense plays, Tampa Bay's offensive success hinges on better offensive line play.
Aug 23 - 9:22 AM

Josh McCown completed 5-of-7 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's preseason game against the Dolphins.

It's an improvement from last week after McCown took two sacks and had a pick-six in the preseason opener. The Bucs did a better job of protecting McCown, and he connected with Vincent Jackson for a seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Through two preseason games, McCown has completed 7-of-11 passes for 66 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
Aug 16 - 8:45 PM

Josh McCown completed 2-of-4 passes for 20 yards and a pick-six in Friday night's preseason opener versus the Jaguars.

McCown added 13 yards on the ground, as he was chased around by Jacksonville's defensive line all night. He was sacked twice and fumbled two times, losing one. The Tampa Bay offensive line was consistently blown up by the Jaguars' front. That unit may single-handedly get McCown killed and lose the Bucs games in 2014. McCown's pick-six came under extreme pressure, while his 18-yard completion to Vincent Jackson was against the Jaguars' twos.
Aug 8 - 8:34 PM

Josh McCown enters training camp "entrenched" as the starting quarterback.

The new Bucs regime backtracked on their disdain for Mike Glennon, but that doesn't mean the second-year man will have a chance to win the starting gig. McCown was hand-picked by Lovie Smith to come in and emulate the basketball on grass passing game he had so much success with in Chicago last season. "I'm excited because you know where you stand going into camp so it's definitely a little bit of a departure from different years," McCown said.
Jul 24 - 9:13 AM

The Bucs' website confirms Josh McCown is "expected to start at quarterback this season."

Bucs brass has called McCown-Mike Glennon a training camp battle at times since the draft, but it's pretty clear McCown is viewed as the 2014 starter. The Bucs also specifically drafted to suit McCown's skill set, arming him with plus-sized receiver Mike Evans, and jumbo tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in an attempt to mimic the Bears' 2014 offense. Glennon will be Tampa Bay's clear backup. McCown will be worth a late look in two-quarterback leagues.
Jun 9 - 5:43 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live Friday that Josh McCown remains the heavy favorite to start at quarterback in Tampa.

The Bucs have gone to great lengths to perform damage control after failing to trade Mike Glennon during the draft. McCown is going to be the starter. "Josh McCown, no matter what Lovie (Smith) says, was brought in to start," Mortensen said. We've been impressed with the Bucs' offseason, but their quarterback tactics are easy to see through. Glennon will open the year as McCown's backup.
May 23 - 4:42 PM

Josh McCown said he has a "comfort zone" when throwing to big receivers.

McCown rejuvenated his career at age 34 throwing to 6-foot-4 Brandon Marshall, 6-foot-3 Alshon Jeffery and 6-foot-6 Martellus Bennett. He won't have Marc Trestman in Tampa, but the Bucs are replicating that Bears style with a pair of 6-foot-5 wideouts in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, as well as a 6-foot-6 tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. "Josh has been in that situation and to say that he has been in our ear quite a bit is an understatement," coach Lovie Smith said. "And having seen that work, that was attractive to us." McCown, already named Tampa Bay's Week 1 starter, will be on the mid-range QB2 radar.
May 14 - 11:48 AM

Bucs GM Jason Licht insists the team will have a quarterback competition.

"Somebody has to take the first rep," Licht said. "It’s going to be Josh McCown. But the keys haven’t been completely handed over to him." Coach Lovie Smith declared McCown the starter shortly after his signing, but Licht is trying to keep the door open for second-year pro Mike Glennon. It's understandable, but all signs point toward McCown leading a veteran-laden squad that's looking to compete in 2014.
Mar 25 - 9:17 PM

Asked if Josh McCown would be his quarterback for the 2014 season, Bucs coach Lovie Smith replied "yes, he is."

There isn't going to be any competition with second-year pro Mike Glennon. Turning the keys over to a 34-year-old journeyman who's made seven starts since 2007 isn't exactly an orthodox move, but the Bucs are going all in on 2014. Smith has never had much patience for young players, and Glennon cratered down the stretch as a rookie after getting off to a promising start. There's still a high-percentage chance Glennon makes starts this season, however.
Mar 12 - 5:08 PM

Bucs agreed to terms with QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Bears, on a two-year, $10 million deal.

McCown is leaving quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman behind for a chance to compete for a starting job. New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has never been one for young players, and will likely give McCown every opportunity to unseat Mike Glennon. McCown's play as a 34-year-old journeyman was one of the best stories of the 2013 season, but a feat he's going to have major trouble repeating without Trestman's guiding hand. New Bucs OC Jeff Tedford is a quarterback guru in his own right, but has never coached at the NFL level. McCown is worth rooting for, but there's major bust potential here.
Mar 12 - 2:16 PM

Free agent Josh McCown will visit the Bucs, Texans and Jets.

McCown will visit the Bucs first. All three clubs are quarterback-needy, but the Bucs and Bears are believed to be the favorites for McCown's services. Quite often in free agency, players never leave their first visit.
Mar 11 - 4:05 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders are interested in free agent Josh McCown, but that "many believe" it's down to the Bears and Bucs for his services.

The Raiders have the most compelling need, but would likely have to significantly outbid the Bears to lure McCown away from coach Marc Trestman. There would be a delicious irony in a resurgent McCown departing Chicago for Tampa and Lovie Smith, who oversaw years of offensive futility in the Windy City. McCown should have a new deal within the next 24 hours.
Mar 11 - 1:30 PM

Free agent QB Josh McCown said four teams have expressed real interest so far.

The four teams are believed to be the Jets, Bucs, Texans and Bears. McCown said that if he does leave Chicago, it will be to pursue a starting opportunity. The 34-year-old threw 13 touchdowns against one interception last season, going 3-2 as a starter thanks to the schemes and tutelage of Marc Trestman. McCown is a strong candidate to get overpaid this week and flee Chicago.
Mar 10 - 9:29 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs are "in the market" for a backup quarterback, and will be "looking at" free agents Josh McCown and Shaun Hill.

New Bucs GM Jason Licht recently said he's "absolutely" looking for a veteran to compete with Mike Glennon, and in theory, McCown is the best he could do on the open market. That ignores the fact that the 34-year-old journeyman may well be little more than a product of Marc Trestman's masterful coaching. ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect McCown to re-sign with the Bears.
Mar 6 - 8:20 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
3Mike Kafka
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Jeff Demps
5Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Lonnie Pryor
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Louis Murphy
4Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Robert Herron
TE1Brandon Myers
2Austin Seferian-Jenkins
3Luke Stocker
4Cameron Brate
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray