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Josh McCown

37-Year-Old Quarterback – New York Jets

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McCown signed a one-year deal with the Jets in March and heads to camp battling Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty for the starting job. McCown is the safe bet to start until Petty, a 2015 fourth-ro...

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HT: 6' 4"   WT: 218   DOB: 7/4/1979  College: Sam Houston State  DRAFTED: 3rd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed a one-year contract with the Jets in March of 2017.

June 16, 2017  –  Josh McCown News

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McCown is still the favorite to start at quarterback this season, but his underwhelming showing during minicamp didn't help widen the gap on Christian Hackenberg, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

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Josh McCown NFL Stats
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  Passing Pass Distance Big Pass Games Rushing Fumbles
Year Age Team G Comp Att Pct Yards TD INT YPA 20+ 40+ 300+ 350+ 400+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost
2008 28 2 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0.0 - - - - - 4 -3 -0.8 0 - -
2009 29 1 1 6 16.7% 2 0 0 0.3 0 0 - - - 0 0 0.0 0 - -
2011 31 CHI 3 35 55 63.6% 414 2 4 7.5 0 0 0 0 0 12 68 5.7 0 2 0
2013 33 CHI 8 149 224 66.5% 1829 13 1 8.2 21 3 3 2 0 13 69 5.3 1 3 1
2014 34 TB 11 184 327 56.3% 2206 11 14 6.7 28 6 2 0 0 25 127 5.1 3 10 4
2015 35 CLE 8 186 292 63.7% 2109 12 4 7.2 25 6 3 2 1 20 98 4.9 1 9 6
2016 36 CLE 5 90 165 54.5% 1100 6 6 6.7 14 2 2 0 0 7 21 3.0 0 7 4
2017 Proj 37 NYJ Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Josh McCown

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Josh McCown Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Passing Stats Red Zone Passes Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rating Yds/G TD% INT% Sacks In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
2008 28 2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 - - - - 0 - -
2009 29 1 0.1 0.1 0.1 17.4 2 0.0 0.0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 31 CHI 3 10.5 10.5 10.5 68.3 138 3.6 7.3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 33 CHI 8 17.3 17.3 17.3 109.0 229 5.8 0.4 11 32 16 8 4 2 1
2014 34 TB 11 14.8 14.8 14.8 70.5 201 3.4 4.3 36 37 14 2 5 2 1
2015 35 CLE 8 18.5 18.5 18.5 93.3 264 4.1 1.4 23 46 15 11 6 0 0
2016 36 CLE 5 14.0 14.0 14.0 72.3 220 3.6 3.6 18 18 7 4 2 0 0
2017 Proj 37 NYJ Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Josh McCown

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Josh McCown – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2016

Josh McCown was on the field for 262 of his team's snaps on offense in 2016.


Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Josh McCown was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Off ST
2014 630 0
2015 509 0
2016 262 0
Josh McCown 2016 Game Log
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Week Opp Off ST Comp Att Pct Yards TD INT YPA 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 @Phi
2 Bal 62 0 20 33 60.6% 260 2 2 7.9 3 1 2 0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Mia
4 @Was
5 NE
6 @Ten
7 @Cin
8 NYJ 69 0 25 49 51.0% 341 2 2 7.0 6 0 3 10 3.3 0 1 0 8 4 3 2 0 0
9 Dal
10 @Bal 20 0 6 13 46.2% 59 0 2 4.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 BYE Bye Week
12 NYG 74 0 25 43 58.1% 322 1 0 7.5 4 1 0 0 0.0 0 2 2 5 2 1 0 0 0
13 FREE AGENT Free Agent
14 Cin
15 @Buf
16 SD
17 @Pit

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Josh McCown
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Height:   6' 4"
Weight:   218 lbs
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Josh McCown: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

McCown will compete with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg during training camp for the starting quarterback job,'s Rich Cimini reports.

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan deferred to head coach Todd Bowles when asked whether McCown will enter training camp as the starter, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

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McCown agreed to a one-year contract with the Jets on Monday, his agent, Mike McCartney, reports.

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McCown will visit with the Jets on Friday and Saturday, reports.

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McCown has a meeting scheduled with the Cowboys on Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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McCown was released by the Browns on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

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McCown (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Chargers.

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McCown (coach's decision) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Mary Kay Cabot of reports.

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McCown joined the Browns last year after a disappointing season in Tampa Bay and has an up and down season, to say the least. Winning the starting job in training camp over Johnny Manziel, McCown suffered through a number of injuries before a broken collarbone ended his season for good after Week 12, but when he was on the field he returned to the form he flashed in Chicago in 2014, limiting his mistakes, making smart decisions and producing solid numbers despite one of the worst supporting casts in the NFL. The 36-year-old never had great arm strength even when he was younger, but his accuracy and veteran savvy allows him to be effective. Manziel is now gone, but the Browns brought in another athletic question mark in Robert Griffin to start at QB for the team. McCown could be dealt in the event that a team with needs at quarterback comes calling, but if he stays in Cleveland, however, a new offensive scheme and new head coach in Hue Jackson, plus a draft haul of wide receivers headlined by speedster Corey Coleman, could allow McCown to be surprisingly productive once again if he ends up being called upon as the season rolls along.


After posting a 13:1 TD:INT ratio, 8.17 YPA and 66.5 completion percentage in eight games with Chicago in 2013, McCown reverted back to the journeyman quarterback who struggled to hold a backup job for a decade. His poor play for the Bucs last year got him benched in favor of Mike Glennon, though he eventually got the job back when Glennon predictably faltered. Still, McCown was released just 11 months after signing a two-year, $10 million contract. Given Johnny Manziel's troubles both on and off the field, McCown is the favorite to win the Browns' starting job in training camp. But with the losses of Josh Gordon (suspension) and Jordan Cameron (free agency), the primary targets in Cleveland are free-agent arrivals Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline. Last year's leading receiver, Andrew Hawkins, is one of the league's most underrated slot receivers, but those three still combined for just four touchdowns and 7.6 YPT on 270 passes last season. This team will be built around a strong running game, as the Browns have a top-5 offensive line and drafted Duke Johnson in the third round to join Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, relegating McCown to the caretaker role Brian Hoyer played a season ago.


While coach Marc Trestman has plenty of supporters, he probably doesn't have a bigger fan than McCown, who went from an afterthought backup – one that was out of the league in 2010 – to one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the entire NFL last year. Although his 13-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio likely isn't replicable, McCown heads into another good-looking situation in Tampa Bay, where he'll have a trio of 6-foot-5, highly athletic pass-catching threats in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wideouts Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. He should also benefit from a strong running game led by Doug Martin, and rookie third-round pick Charles Sims is one of the most talented receiving backs in the league. Coach Lovie Smith said in March that McCown would likely start for Tampa, so he should be able to hold off 2013 third-round pick Mike Glennon if a quarterback competition develops. One wild card in all this is the arrival of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who ran California's football program from 2002 to 2012 but has never called plays in the NFL. Tedford's offense will likely be fairly balanced – it was pro-style and somewhat run-heavy by Pac-12 standards – but its exact vision is difficult to anticipate.


After filling in reliably for Jay Cutler in two starts in 2011, McCown never got off the bench in 2012 as the third quarterback but will re-assume top backup duties with the departure of Jason Campbell. He possesses some mobility but would likely oversee a ground-heavy attack if called upon in the event of another Cutler injury.


McCown will be the third string quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell in 2012.


Capable backup quarterback, who could definitely have some value if anything happens to starter Jake Delhomme in 2009.


New offensive coordinator Dan Henning orchestrated some big-time passing attacks for both the Jets and Panthers. And head coach Tony Sparano had a big hand in the Cowboys offensive success, which was predicated on an explosive passing game. But this QB crop is weak. Henne is going to be given a chance to start in order to speed up his development in what's likely to be a wasted year. He's the proverbial "Box of Chocolates" long term; but he has virtually no chance of being a productive fantasy passer in 2008. So only keeper-league players need apply. The new Miami regime obviously turned the page on Beck, so why shouldn't we? McCown did some good things for the Raiders last year, and stranger things have happened than him becoming a useful player on a team that's probably going to take a hit on defense and lose a lot of games (and thus throw more often). He's shown enough to deserve a season- long shot somewhere as a starter, but the Dolphins seem emotionally invested in Henne as their QB of the future. But if someone in the NFL this year is going to pull a Derek Anderson, our money is on McCown.


The journeyman may get some starts while the team preps prized rookie QB JaMarcus Russell. Head coach Lane Kiffin has been extremely impressed with McCown's attitude and work ethic.


There are major questions about who will be at the helm of the Mike Martz-led attack heading into training camp. Martz’s presence is a big consideration when you take the Lions QB. But make sure your expectation is Martz Lite, as former defensive coordinator and current head coach Rod Marinelli will surely rein him in somewhat. This could be very good for the Lions’ QB, as it will help keep him in one piece. But there is no denying Martz’s offensive genius and ability to develop QBs. Add Detroit’s exciting receivers, especially the potentially dynamic Roy Williams, and a nice back in Kevin Jones to the offensive mix, and you have the makings of an explosive attack. Who will take the helm? McCown had an 82 rating last year close/late (41 attempts). He didn’t display great arm-strength, and his accuracy is similar to Kitna’s, with 16.7 percent poor throws (15.7 percent in ’04). McCown could make some plays with his legs, as he had 139 rushing yards last year despite starting only six games. So, 250 yards and a few TDs is a decent rushing projection if he were to land the job. If you’re looking for a tiebreaker among the QBs, their respective Wonderlic results might hold the answer. Martz is very big on the test, having recently assembled the NFL’s highest-scoring Wonderlic squad in St. Louis. McCown scored 30 on the intelligence test, which is very good. At the very least, if Kitna gets the job, any owner would be wise to grab McCown as an end-game pocket pick.


Coach Dennis Green named Kurt Warner the starting quarterback in May, but if the injury-prone Warner were to go down, McCown would get another shot, this time with a healthy Anquan Boldin (provided he ends his holdout) and a more experienced Larry Fitzgerald. McCown, is a good athlete with good arm strength and surprising speed, but he needs to get rid of the ball quicker and improve his decision-making.


The Cardinals’ QB wasn't awful last year and will produce some points with his legs. And he has a QB-friendly coach in Dennis Green and two outstanding possession receivers in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. But Green wants to win right away and may not be patient should McCown experience a sophomore slump. McCown wasn't bad in terms of accuracy last year (15.7 percent poor throws), though he was late on too many passes (nine percent of his passes were defensed).