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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Sure it was garbage time, but as long as he can stay on the field, McCown should get plenty of garbage time opportunities playing for probably the worst team in the league. This week, the Jets go home to face the Dolphins and McCown has some 2QB/Superflex or deep streamer appeal.

Week 3: vs Miami Dolphins

All QB vs MIA

FBG says: Tough matchup. It's hard to find a less-inspiring passing game than that of the Jets. Take the fact that 38-year-old Josh McCown, he of the career 78.2 passer rating and 3.2% interception rate, is their runaway top option to start under center. Or, consider that Seahawks castoff Jermaine Kearse, ideally a special-teams ace and run-blocking WR3, has been by far the team's most efficient receiver. Altogether, this is an offense that's produced just 176.5 passing yards per game, and a pitiful 4.73 adjusted yards per attempt. There's a glint of optimism, at least, in the return of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from suspension. Considering his natural abilities and the team's yard-sale level of pass-catching talent, there's a decent chance he emerges as a voluminous splash-play threat out of the gate. His matchup is certainly cherry, fresh off a 2016 that saw the Dolphins destroyed by tight ends. Miami's pass defense was a mixed bag in their 2017 debut. The Dolphins got solid play from cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Maxwell, but their lack of pass rush (three quarterback hits, one sack) allowed Philip Rivers to generally carve up the secondary (31-of-39 passing for a stout 8.49-yard average). Still, this unit is looking at a dream matchup and opportunity to tune up against the woeful Jets offense. On the back end, Howard and Maxwell are absolutely strong enough in man coverage to neutralize the Jets receivers, all of whom are ideally NFL WR3/4 types at best. And Cameron Wake and company will have another crack at pass-rushing success against a poor offensive line. Where the Dolphins are most vulnerable, regardless of matchup, is in defending the tight end position. Over their past 17 games, opposing tight ends have averaged 62.1 yards per game and caught a whopping 11 touchdowns. If Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in game shape, he could create a few mismatches up the seams and in short yardage.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at BUF 58 26 39 187 0 2 2 0 1 0 13.35
2 at OAK 56 17 25 166 2 0 4 31 0 1 18.4
3 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 4 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 23 34 * * * 4 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 22 36 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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Jets | Josh McCown picked off three times (Sun Sep 10, 06:25 PM) - New York Jets QB Josh McCown threw three interceptions, one on a two-point conversion, and he finished 26-for-37 for 189 yards in a 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Our View: McCown was only able to move the offense in small increments as the Jets offense looked as bad as we could have envisioned. Things won't get better against Oakland next week.
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Schedule

3vs Miami Dolphins
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5@ Cleveland Browns
6vs New England Patriots
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Atlanta Falcons
9vs Buffalo Bills
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Carolina Panthers
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Denver Broncos
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Los Angeles Chargers
17@ New England Patriots