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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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Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Against all odds, Josh McCown has both remained upright and been a stabilizing force at quarterback for the rebuilding Jets. McCown has greatly curbed his scattershot ways, posting by far the best completion rate of his career and the league's 19th-most adjusted yards per attempt. Of course, the cost of that sanitized production is typically dynamism, and this passing game boasts no fantasy appeal outside of wideout Robby Anderson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Anderson has carried over nicely from 2016 as a productive deep threat, posting 4 games of 76+ yards and catching 5 touchdowns, including his current 4-game scoring streak. He's the closest thing to a WR1 in this offense and a weekly threat to catch a long touchdown. Seferian-Jenkins has struggled for efficiency (just 7.4 yards per reception) as an exceptionally low-aDOT target, but provided fantasy-TE1 volume with his 78% catch rate. The Panthers pass defense has been generally strong through 2017, with very few hiccups. They've allowed the league's ninth-fewest net yards per attempt (which factors in sacks) and fourth-fewest raw yards. There are occasional lapses in coverage, though: while only 7 teams have allowed fewer completions of 20+ yards, the Panthers have benefited mightily from several easy-touchdown drops (think Julio Jones' inexplicable goof in Week 9. Still, opponents' deep balls are often neutralized by the Panthers' explosive pass rush, which sits fourth in the league in sacks. The bottom line is that this unit is generally difficult to throw against, but not necessarily a prohibitive one.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs ATL 61 26 33 257 2 0 1 0 0 0 18.85
9 vs BUF 67 14 20 140 1 0 5 13 1 0 18.3
10 at TB 69 23 39 262 1 1 0 0 0 0 15.1
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 21 32 * * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 21 32 * * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 21 33 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Jets | Josh McCown still at the helm (Tue Nov 14, 09:08 AM) - New York Jets QB Josh McCown will remain the starting quarterback when the team returns from its Week 11 bye, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Our View: The Jets are hoping McCown's game against the Bucs was just an aberration. He's no long-term answer, but McCown is the best of what they've got. If the Jets get into evaluation mode for 2018, they may try to give a look at Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty late in the season.
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Jets | Josh McCown throws for 262 yards (Sun Nov 12, 03:38 PM) - New York Jets QB Josh McCown went 23-for-39 for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10.

Our View: McCown's touchdown came in garbage time. He was more erratic today than he has been at any point this year despite a very positive matchup, making it harder to trust him going into his bye.
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Bills | Shaq Lawson fined (Sat Nov 11, 09:58 AM) - Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson has been fined $18,231 by the National Football League for roughing New York Jets QB Josh McCown during the first half of Week 9's game.

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