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QB Josh McCown - New York Jets

6-4, 220Born: 7-4-1979College: Sam Houston StateDrafted: Round 3

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General News (Fri Jan 26): said his broken left hand that he sustained in the club's Week 14 matchup against the Denver Broncos is still "healing up" and that he's just "a few weeks away" from being 100 percent.

General News (Wed Jan 24): is leaning toward playing in 2018 and is hopeful he can do so with the Jets. McCown has been considering retirement according to reports, but now it sounds like he may keep playing. The Jets are likely to draft a quarterback with a premium pick this year, but McCown could stick as a valuable veteran backup or bridge starter until the rookie is ready.

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2017 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 12 / 46 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Josh McCown suffered back and hand injuries against Denver. In fact, he broke his left hand after absorbing a big hit from Shane Ray. Bryce Petty relieved McCown, but didn't inspire any confidence. Before exiting the game, McCown played very poorly. He threw an ugly interception and took multiple hits from Denver's ferocious front. Every part of the offense was terrible - and McCown's hand injury was a fitting end to a terrible afternoon.

2017 Week 13 vs KC (26 / 36 / 331 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 19 / 2 rush)

Josh McCown played his best game of the season. When he wasn't exposing Kansas City's porous secondary, he managed a rushing attack that compiled 49 attempts over 42 minutes of possession. McCown aided the rushing attack by accounting for two rushing touchdowns. In the first quarter, McCown called his own numberķand converted for 1-yard touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, McCown called his own number, again, and converted for a 1-yard, game-winning touchdown. When he wasn't burrowing behind his offensive line, McCown picked apart Kansas City's listless secondary. McCown funneled targets to Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse who made numerous plays in the open field. Anderson, who primarily operated out of the slot, was peppered with intermediate targets while Kearse was targeted on deep sideline routes, short crossing routes, and screens. McCown was money on third down, converting 13-of-20 attempts to keep Kansas City's potent offense off the field. McCown and Kearse had a long play of 51 yards on a catch-and-run. Kearse ran quick crossing route, ran through two arm tackles, and accelerated into the open field. McCown tossed one touchdown pass, an 11-yard strike to Matt Forte on a post-route. Forte was lined up in the slot, caught the quick pass, and took a big shot from Ron Parker before getting into the end zone. In summary, McCown played very well. His offensive line completely stymied Kansas City's talented front as he picked apart their listless secondary. Anderson and Kearse made several big grabs while the rushing attack was diverse and successful. New York's defense was gashed for a several big passing plays, but credit McCown for answering with scoring drives of his own.

2017 Week 12 vs CAR (19 / 36 / 307 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 28 / 0 rush)

Josh McCown was in-control for three quarters, but a fourth quarter miscue swung momentum in Carolina's favor. McCown coughed up the ball on a strip sack and Luke Kuechly returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, giving Carolina a 26-20 lead. After Carolina scored a special team touchdown, McCown answered with a 3-yard touchdown strike to Jermaine Kearse on an option route. McCown rolled out of the pocket, Kearse broke towards the front of the pylon, and McCown hit him in the numbers. The fourth quarter had the dramatics, but McCown was locked in and poised for the first three. In the second quarter, McCown delivered a 33-yard touchdown strike to Robby Anderson. Anderson, who was running a deep post route, out-ran double coverage, and completed the scoring play with some nifty footwork in the back of the end zone. In the third quarter, McCown and Anderson hooked up for a 54-yard touchdown a 'school-yard football'-esque play. McCown rolled out of the pocket to prolong the play, pointed downfield, effectively calling his shot, prompting Anderson to cut off his comeback route and go-long. Safety, Kurt Coleman wasn't able to recover as McCown lofted the ball deep to a wide-open Anderson. McCown and Anderson have great chemistry, hooking up for touchdowns in five straight games. While Anderson shined, Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't. In the first quarter, Seferian-Jenkins dropped an easy, wide open touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Seferian-Jenkins was unable to complete the scoring play as the ball was dislodged as he hit the ground. If Seferian-Jenkins hangs on, he gives his team a 24-20 fourth quarter advantage.

2017 Week 10 vs TB (23 / 39 / 262 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Out-of-sync for all four quarters. That's the simplest way to describe McCown's afternoon. Offensive coordinator, John Morton, schemed a conservative game-plan against Tampa Bay's 28th-ranked defense, but New York's execution was poor. The ground game was never established and the offensive line had trouble blocking Gerald McCoy and Co. McCown was sacked a season-high six times as he failed to complete at least 60 percent of his passes for the first time this season. In the first half, McCown threw an ugly interception as he overshot Robby Anderson on a deep post route. McCown would somewhat atone for this error by connecting on a late 38-yard touchdown strike to Anderson. McCown dropped a dime to Anderson who was streaking down the right sideline. New York enters its bye week with a 4-6 record and its playoff hopes appear grim.

2017 Week 9 vs BUF (14 / 20 / 140 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 1 rush)

New York led for nearly the entire game, relegating McCown into a game manager role. New York's offense totaled 41 rushing attempts as the Marcel Dareus-less front was unable to stop enemy ball carriers. To make matters worse, the Bills' defense was unable to stop a spry McCown, who scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-yard scamper. On the scoring play, McCown rolled to his left, kept his eyes locked onto his target for long enough before sprinting and diving into the end zone. The Bills were playing zone coverage, but failed to converge once he broke the line of scrimmage. As a passer, McCown had some good and bad moments. In the second quarter, a touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins was negated due to a questionable offensive pass interference call. New York settled for a field goal. In the third quarter, McCown and Robby Anderson hooked up for a 25-yard touchdown on a deep sideline route. Matched up against rookie, TreDavious White, who had safety help, Anderson simply ran by the defenders as McCown dropped a dime in the back of the end zone. The scoring play was McCown 9th touchdown pass of 15+ yards. McCown did benefit from some good fortune as Buffalo defenders outright dropped easy interceptions when he opted to heave the ball into traffic. Overall, McCown had a solid game and New York ended its losing streak. More importantly, a Week 10 win at Tampa Bay will even New York's record at 5-5 before its Week 11 bye week.

2017 Week 8 vs ATL (26 / 33 / 257 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Another week, another similar result for Josh McCown and the Jet offense. Alike the last two weeks, New York scored on its first drive. Eric Tomlinson capped off an 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive by hauling in 20-yard score on a post route. McCown properly read the defense and delivered a strike to his big tight end, who rumbled into the end zone. Right before halftime, McCown hit Robby Anderson on a 3rd-and-4 play for a 24-yard touchdown. Anderson beat Desmond Trufant on a nice double move and made a diving grab in the back of the end zone. After halftime, McCown and the offense sputtered. The offense didn't make any trips into the red zone and only had one drive over 50 yards. The running game was stagnant and the play calling lack creativity. Overall, McCown did enough to win the game, but his running game and special teams let him down.

2017 Week 7 vs MIA (17 / 27 / 209 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 1 rush)

Josh McCown played very well for three quarters, but his fourth quarter performance was disastrous. McCown started quickly---accounting for three first half touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). In the first quarter, McCown hit Jermaine Kearse deep down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown, capping a 5-play, 75-yard drive. Late in the first quarter, McCown hit Robby Anderson for an 18-yard score on a post-route where Anderson shook the defender before breaking in. Rookie, Cordrea Tankersley, gave up both touchdown passes and looked completely beleaguered. Right before halftime, McCown called his own number and scored on 1-yard QB keeper. New York took a 21-14 lead into halftime. McCown gave his team a 28-14 advantage late in the third quarter by finding an uncovered Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a 10-yard touchdown. New York's fourth quarter performance was disastrous on both sides of the ball. New York's offense accounted for minus-4 yards as the team failed to establish rhythm running the ball. Miami scored 14 unanswered points before McCown made the biggest mistake of the game. McCown threw a backbreaking interception deep in his own territory that set-up Miami's game winning field goal. McCown badly overthrew Kearse, who was running an out-route, into the awaiting arms of Bobby McCain. McCown filled up the stat sheet, but one costly decision (and some bad defense) cost New York this game.

2017 Week 6 vs NE (31 / 47 / 354 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Another week, another gritty Josh McCown performance. McCown fed off an emotional home crowd, notching two touchdowns on his first three drives. In the first quarter, McCown capped a 13-play, 87-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown lob to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who outmuscled the linebacker. In the second quarter, McCown finished a seven-play, 78-yard drive with a scrambling 31-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Kerley. This scoring drives staked New York to an early 14-0 lead. McCown threw two ugly interceptions, one before halftime and one early in the third quarter that swung a 7-point lead into a 10-point deficit that his team did not rally back from. A third touchdown pass to Seferian-Jenkins was overruled on a controversial call.

2017 Week 5 vs CLE (23 / 30 / 194 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

It wasn't pretty, but McCown and the Jet offense made enough plays to win. After nearly three quarters of futile play, McCown and the Jet offense came alive. Following a Kevin Hogan interception late in the third quarter, McCown hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a fade route for a 2-yard touchdown. New York rolled out a three-by-one look, with Seferian-Jenkins matched one-on-one against the boundary defender. Seferian-Jenkins high-pointed the ball, using his size to win against a smaller defender. In the fourth quarter, McCown led an eight-play, 97-yard touchdown drive that culminated with an easy 24-yard strike to Jermaine Kearse. McCown baited Cleveland's defenders on a play-fake to Robby Anderson, who was used as a decoy on a screen pass, and hit a wide-open Kearse in front of the pylon for an easy score. Next week, McCown will square off against Tom Brady in a battle between first place clubs.

2017 Week 4 vs JAX (22 / 31 / 224 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

His team won, but Josh McCown didn't play well. He committed two costly turnovers in the fourth quarter while his team was holding a 10-point lead and was sacked four times. With ten minutes to go, a screen to Powell was called, but inside pressure forced a rushed throw, resulting in a backwards pass that was scooped up and returned by Myles Jack for an 81-yard touchdown. On a 3rd-and-6 play with 3:22 to-go, a screen to Powell was called again, but Powell slipped and the pass was intercepted, leading to the tying field goal. With less than a minute remaining, McCown fumbled, but luckily fell on top of the ball. Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye totally shutdown New York's perimeter players, so McCown barely looked their way. In fact, Robby Anderson didn't make his catch until the third quarter. Better days are hopefully ahead for McCown, who didn't account for a touchdown for the first time this season.

2017 Week 3 vs MIA (18 / 23 / 249 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)

Josh McCown was cool, calm, and composed as he methodically led his offense to its first win of the season. McCown predominantly worked the middle of the field, finding open targets for first downs. The playbook opened a little more this week as the team was more willing to take shots downfield. In the second quarter, McCown hit Robby Anderson deep down the seam for a 69-yard touchdown. McCown threw Anderson open, but credit Anderson for adjusting to the ball. New York led wire-to-wire, which led to conservative play calling in the second half as the team nursed a double-digit lead.

2017 Week 2 vs OAK (17 / 25 / 166 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)

Josh McCown showed some toughness and courage in a tough environment. McCown took some sacks against Oakland's talented defensive front, but did a nice job of getting out of the pocket when plays broke down. On a 3rd-and-18 play in the third quarter, McCown side-stepped on-coming pressure, stepped up in the pocket, and ran 21 yards for a first down. Give the 38-year-old quarterback some credit; he ran like his life depended on it. As a passer, McCown made some tough throws into tight coverage. In the second quarter, McCown hit Jermaine Kearse on a deep sideline route for a 33-yard touchdown. McCown placed the ball slightly over David Amerson's outstretched hand and Kearse completed the scoring play by falling into the end zone. In the fourth quarter, McCown and Kearse hooked up for a second touchdown, a 13-yarder, on a tight post route. Kearse once again beat Amerson for the scoring play, but credit McCown for fitting the ball into a tight window. Overall, New York's defense offered little-to-no resistance, making it difficult for McCown and Co. to rally any resemblance of a comeback.

2017 Week 1 vs BUF (26 / 39 / 187 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 1 rush)

For all intents and purposes, Josh McCown is purely a stop-gap until either young QB is ready to play. When given a clean pocket, McCown could find the open receiver against Buffalo's zone coverage. Those clean pockets, however, were few and far between as McCown was under duress throughout the game. Of note, McCown locked onto the newly acquired, Jermaine Kearse, who grabbed a team-high seven catches on eight targets. The route concepts and combinations were basic as the Morton opted to call a lot of short-to-intermediate underneath routes. McCown scored the lone offensive touchdown, keeping the ball on 1-yard QB sneak. It's going to be a long season in New York.


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