McCown
Josh McCown
Josh McCown
Josh McCown
Josh McCown
39-Year-Old QB
2017 Pass/Rush Stats
2018 Pass/Rush Projections
YDS
2926
TD
18
INT
9
YDS
124
TD
5
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A broken left hand in Week 14 last year ended what was the best season of McCown's journeyman career. He finished fourth in the league in completion percentage at a career-high 67.3 and was particularly good throwing downfield, ranking third in completion percentage on atte... read more
A broken left hand in Week 14 last year ended what was the best season of McCown's journeyman career. He finished fourth in the league in completion percentage at a career-high 67.3 and was particularly good throwing downfield, ranking third in completion percentage on attempts beyond 20 yards (46.2 percent) and fourth in YPA (15.9). That he did it with only a modestly talented group of receivers is also impressive, and he even scored five times on the ground. The Jets re-signed him to a one-year deal, but now he'll have to fight off Sam Darnold, the third overall pick in the draft, as well as Teddy Bridgewater. Darnold is the quarterback of the future, and McCown is clearly in a mentor role, but the veteran enters training camp as the starter. It wouldn't surprise anyone if Darnold took over, though. The Jets' receivers, including free-agent acquisition Terrelle Pryor, aren't anything special. Each comes with concerns, be it off-field issues, skills or injuries. And there's a new scheme to learn this season with the promotion of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. The 39-year-old McCown, who's played for eight teams, not including a 2010 stint in the United Football League, said this offseason he wants to be a quarterback coach when his playing days end. It looks like Darnold will be his first client.
HT: 6'4"   WT: 218 lbs.   DOB: 7/4/1979   College: Sam Houston State   Drafted: 3rd Rd, #16 Overall in 2002Show Contract
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Josh McCown Contract Info:
Signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jets in March of 2018.
Doesn't see field in second preseason game
QBNew York Jets
August 17, 2018
McCown was in uniform for Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to the Redskins, but he didn't see the field in the Week 2 preseason contest.
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2017 Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2017 Offensive Snaps:
    819
  • 2017 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
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2015
509
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2016
262
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2017
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  1. Josh McCown 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Josh McCown 2017 Preseason Outlook
    McCown signed a one-year deal with the Jets in March and entered camp battling Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty for the starting job. McCown is the safe bet to start until Petty, a 2015 fourth-round pick, or Hackenberg, a 2016 second-round pick, emerges as the future in New York. If neither does, the Jets can always dip into the well-regarded QB class in next year's draft. McCown appeared in five games, making three starts, for Cleveland last season and was his typical low-ceiling self. Expect more of the same, as McCown, 38, is simply asked to manage the game and avoid mistakes. With Brandon Mashall and Eric Decker gone and Quincy Enunwa expected to miss the year with a neck injury, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are left as the only proven NFL pass catchers in new offensive coordinator John Morton's variation of the West Coast offense. McCown was named the Week 1 starter after the Jets' third preseason game.
  3. Josh McCown 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. Josh McCown 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Josh McCown 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Josh McCown 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Josh McCown 2012 Preseason Outlook
    McCown will be the third string quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell in 2012.
  8. Josh McCown 2009 Preseason Outlook
    Capable backup quarterback, who could definitely have some value if anything happens to starter Jake Delhomme in 2009.
  9. Josh McCown 2008 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Josh McCown 2007 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  11. Josh McCown 2006 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  12. Josh McCown 2005 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  13. Josh McCown 2004 Preseason Outlook
    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).
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Doesn't see field in second preseason game
QBNew York Jets
August 17, 2018
McCown was in uniform for Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to the Redskins, but he didn't see the field in the Week 2 preseason contest.
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Gets one drive Friday
QBNew York Jets
August 11, 2018
McCown played one series in Friday's preseason opener against Atlanta, completing his lone pass attempt for four yards while adding a one-yard scramble in the 17-0 win.
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To open camp as starter
QBNew York Jets
Hand
June 14, 2018
McCown (hand) will open training camp as the Jets' starting quarterback, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
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Ready for dual role
QBNew York Jets
Hand
April 30, 2018
McCown (hand) intends to help with Sam Darnold's development while also competing against the rookie for the starting job, Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News reports.
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Should enter camp as starter
QBNew York Jets
Hand
April 2, 2018
McCown (hand) will enter training camp as the starting quarterback, but Jets coach Todd Bowles suggested the 38-year-old will need to fend off competition, Calvin Watkins of Newsday reports. "Josh will go into it as the starter, and by the end of training camp, we'll see who the starter is," Bowles said.
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