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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 has been reinstated as the Browns' starting quarterback.
With Johnny Manziel proving he hasn't moved beyond his partying ways over the weekend, McCown reclaims his starting job. He'll be backed up by Austin Davis, with Manziel demoted to the third string. McCown has actually had a little fantasy success this season, but it hasn't translated to real-life wins. He'll be an interesting streamer against the Ravens' hollowed-out defense on Monday Night Football. Nov 24 - 3:53 PM

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Browns have benched Josh McCown (ribs) in favor of Johnny Manziel.

It was fun while it lasted for McCown, who put up several big fantasy performances but struggled through multiple injuries in his seven games as the starter. $1 million of McCown's reasonable $4.375 million base salary in 2016 is guaranteed, so it is likely he will return to Cleveland next season as a bridge quarterback or backup depending on how Manziel fares down the stretch this season.
Nov 17 - 10:58 AM

Browns declared QB Josh McCown, TE E.J. Bibbs, G Joel Bitonio, WR Dwayne Bowe, CB Justin Gilbert, CB Joe Haden and SS Donte Whitner inactive for Week 10 against the Steelers.

McCown (ribs) practiced this week but couldn't get the green light. It's his second absence in a row. Johnny Manziel will start in McCown's place. Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), Brian Hartline (concussion), Andrew Hawkins (concussion) and Jordan Poyer (shoulder) are all active for the Browns.
Nov 15 - 11:47 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown (ribs, questionable) will start if he is active Week 10 against the Steelers.

This is somewhat of a relief, as we should know the starter in Cleveland when inactives start rolling in Sunday morning. Pettine has said he knows who will start, but he has not even shared that information with the quarterbacks. That sounds like a great plan when one of those quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel, would be making his fifth career start.
Nov 13 - 2:04 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) is questionable for Week 10 against the Steelers.

McCown has practiced on a limited basis all week. Coach Mike Pettine refused to say who will start Sunday, but said he knows who it will be. He said earlier in the week McCown would get the nod if he is healthy. Practicing all week suggests he is close. Johnny Manziel has taken most of the first-team reps this week in practice and will start if McCown cannot play.
Nov 13 - 1:00 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) is practicing again on Friday.

McCown has practiced each day this week, though Johnny Manziel has been doing much of the prep work for the Steelers. As long as McCown feels good after three-straight practices, it's hard to not see him under center Sunday. Coach Mike Pettine is expected to address the media in the next 45 minutes.
Nov 13 - 12:14 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown (ribs) will be limited again Thursday.

Pettine said he could tell McCown was not 100 percent on Wednesday, but said he looked "functional." The coach added they should have a better idea of McCown's ability to play following the practice. McCown is expected to start if he is physically ready.
Nov 12 - 12:34 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) said he's "more optimistic" about playing this week than he was last week.

"I would say I’m more optimistic just because it’s a normal week, so I think that gives us a better chance to evaluate it," said McCown. Johnny Manziel started for Cleveland in last week's Thursday night loss to Cincinnati. The Browns have already said McCown will start over Manziel when he's healthy enough to resume playing. McCown practiced on Wednesday but admitted he still felt pain in his ribs. It's unclear if he'll suit up Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Nov 11 - 9:32 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Coach Mike Pettine said McCown is "truly day-to-day," and they'll see where McCown is at Thursday morning. As long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, McCown should be ready to start against the Steelers in what has the looks of a plus matchup. McCown will be worth streaming consideration.
Nov 11 - 12:56 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown (ribs) will be the starting quarterback if he is healthy.

The health part could be a concern. McCown missed practice Tuesday, but Pettine said he was improving and will work with trainers this afternoon. Pettine has consistently said he will play the quarterback who gives the team the best chance to win, and he rightfully believes that quarterback is McCown. Still, it makes more sense for the Browns to see what they have in Johnny Manziel over the second half of the season.
Nov 10 - 12:05 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) is not practicing Tuesday.

McCown was expected to be ready to face the Steelers, but missing the opening practice is not a great sign. Even if McCown is healthy, the Browns could choose to start Johnny Manziel the rest of the season. McCown's status will be updated throughout the week.
Nov 10 - 11:11 AM

Josh McCown (ribs) is expected to be ready for Week 10.

However, the Cleveland Plain Dealer leaves open the possibility that Johnny Manziel could seize the starting job with a strong performance against the Bengals on Thursday. Our money is on McCown keeping his starting job, but it's far from certain.
Nov 5 - 7:12 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Bengals.

As expected. Johnny Manziel will get the start Thursday night. McCown will have two weeks to rest up for the Week 10 road date with the Steelers. The Browns then head on their bye Week 11 before hosting the Ravens.
Nov 4 - 9:21 AM

Josh McCown (ribs) was absent from the portion of Browns practice open to the media on Tuesday.

McCown was supposed to get in a "light" session, but even that appeared to be too much for the banged up quarterback. All signs are pointing toward Johnny Manziel starting against the Bengals on Thursday.
Nov 3 - 8:00 PM

Josh McCown (ribs) is unsure of his status for Thursday's game against the Bengals.

McCown will take part in a "light" practice on Tuesday evening. McCown is talking like he's legitimately questionable. We may not get an answer on his status until pre-game inactives are released at 7ET on Thursday.
Nov 3 - 1:34 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Austin Davis
3Johnny Manziel
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Malcolm Johnson
WR11Travis Benjamin
2Taylor Gabriel
3Marlon Moore
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Brian Hartline
3Dwayne Bowe
WR31Brian Hartline
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Jim Dray
3E.J. Bibbs
LT1Joe Thomas
LG1Joel Bitonio
C1Alex Mack
RG1John Greco
2Cameron Erving
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Austin Pasztor
K1Travis Coons